Guangzhou says new cemetery is not just for officials

Bureau of Civic Affairs says cemetery also has section for the public

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 3:27pm

Guangzhou’s Bureau of Civic Affairs denied accusations that it’s building a cemetery “exclusively”  for deceased government officials, according to a Southern Metropolis Daily report on Friday.

The bureau  came under fire on Thursday after a media report revealed its plan to build the new cemetery, “Fushan,” only for the remains of privileged people including “government officials”, “military servicemen” and “revolutionary martyrs”.

The news was met by scathing criticism online. One sarcastic comment said: “Let them [officials] all die before us to enjoy these privileges.”

Another blogger said, "is it built to bury them [officials] alive?"

But Guangzhou’s Bureau of Civic affairs promptly denied the rumour and said the new cemetery would also be open to the public. It also denied that the remains of officials would be placed in a separate area.