Odd proposals

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am


Use space in public buildings for car parks

National People's Congress deputy and property developer Clifford Pang suggested that government institutions should provide car parking spaces for ordinary citizens. There is a lot of vacant space at government buildings and judiciary organisations, Pang said. Workers in these institutions should be given priority to park their cars during office hours, but the space should be open to the public after work. Pang said developers who provided underground car parks should be given land premium discounts .

Nanking Massacre denial 'should be a crime'

Jiangsu NPC deputy Zou Jianping, a professor at Nanjing University of the Arts, proposed making it a criminal offence to deny the Nanking Massacre, the Yangtse Evening Post reports. Zou said Japanese who denied the 1937 massacre should be arrested on entering China. This was seconded by 36 other Jiangsu deputies.

Put more women's toilets in Great Hall of the People

Xu Chonghua would like to see more women's toilets in the Great Hall of the People. Xu, a female deputy, said: 'Whenever I go to the Great Hall for a meeting, the female comrades have to queue for toilets. However, there are only a few people using the men's toilets.' Hu Jiansheng, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said there should not be a differentiation between men's and women's toilets in the Great Hall.

Guizhou exam applicants could face restrictions

Cai Zhijun, deputy chief of the Guizhou Education Department and a CPPCC delegate, said candidates for college entrance examinations who had enrolled in Guizhou but who did not study there would be barred from applying to elite colleges in the province, the Beijing News reports. They would only be allowed to apply for higher vocational training or colleges of lower academic standing.

Pension for parents after only child's death

Shaanxi NPC deputy Zhao Chao proposed that the government set up a new pension for couples whose only child has died, the Huashang Daily reports. Zhao called for an allowance to be paid after the child died. They should be able to enjoy a pension and to withdraw from it when they retired or reached 60.

Tougher health tests to precede promotions

Wang Xudong, a professor at Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, proposed more comprehensive health examinations for officials being considered for promotion, the Beijing News reports. Wang said physiological problems such as insomnia could affect decision-making capability.

Cut New Year TV galas, build schools instead

Shanghai NPC deputy and television-show host Ye Huixian criticised the Lunar New Year Eve galas on different channels for being too costly and repetitive, and proposed instead using the money to help poor schoolchildren, the Guangzhou Daily reports. Ye said each gala cost at least 10 million yuan (HK$12.3 million) and some as much as 60 million yuan. The savings could fund 1,250 new primary schools or keep 167,000 poor children at school.

Make property tax main revenue source in cities

Liu Kegu, CPPCC delegate and a former vice-president of China Development Bank, proposed making property tax the main source of tax income in developed areas, the Beijing News reports. Liu said property tax should be used to adjust the gap of assets and asset income among residents. Liu also proposed basing tax based on families rather than individuals.