The tainted milk powder case in China is expanding. The list of dairy products which have
problems grows longer and longer. According to reports, there is almost 8,000 tons of milk powder taken off
store shelves already. Not only inside China, but the whole international society has reacted strongly to the
tainted milk powder. After the developed countries of Europe and America, many countries in Asia, Africa, and
Latin America have also forbidden the import of Chinese dairy products. Although the US had always prohibited
the import of Chinese dairy products, the government still warned its people that some stores which import
Chinese goods may still sell Chinese dairy products illegally, and thus advise consumers to be cautious.
This tainted milk powder incidents have damaged the reputation of the Chinese goods more than any previous
incident of faulty and faked products. Even WHO and UNICEF have put out statements that demand to investigate
the causes thoroughly. Much criticism points to the information blockage system in China, suggesting the
incident is a replay of the SARS incident a few years ago. There are even reports that the Chinese government
hid the truth for several months due to Beijing Olympics, thus causing harm to more babies.
These reports sound hard to be believed. Yet, during the decades of the Chinese Communist Party's rule, this
kind of hard-to-be-believed news has often proven to be true. This fact has made people not believe any
official news, and cost the Chinese society to fall into a crisis of trust. Scholars and experts often use the
words "trust crisis" and "confused minds", which make average folks confused. As a matter of fact, these are
the things happening around us and even on us.
One may shake the little red flag to support the Chinese Communist government while thinking that one has
cheated the government and everyone else as well. One may think that if one hid one's distrust of the
government well, then the government would not be harmful to oneself. But the tainted milk powder would not let
your baby escape. Various fakes, even poisonous food will catch you as well. Ms. He QingLian said vividly:
"This is the era that I am harmful to everyone and everyone is harming me."
People may think that cheating one's conscience would avoid being harmed, but the result is that everyone
becomes the victim. This kind of social system has been forcing people to cheat each other, in a way to
survive. On the surface it is the tainted milk powder that harmed people, but in reality it is the dictatorship
that harmed people. From the officials that blocked the information, to the social system that makes people
lie, they are all the reasons to make disasters. This is the true nature of the trust crisis. This is the
result of a social system that lacks mutual trust.
The SARS incident has made both the international news media and Chinese with breadth of vision to realize
that the root reason responsible for disasters is the information blockage instead of the disease itself. Even
some Chinese officials with breath of vision realized that. The modern medical situation could effectively
control the spread of the disease. But information blockage effectively helps the spread of the disease.
The tainted milk powder incident is very similar to SARS. The truth gradually exposed has proven that
tainting the milk powder intentionally is an open secret in the Chinese dairy industry. Yet, it was covered by
this dictatorial system. Even when Chinese tainted pet food killed dogs and cats in America last year and thus
importation was forbidden by the US government, the truth was still covered and even was labeled as "the
American imperialism and Anti-China Conspiracy" in an effort to fan up extreme nationalism.
Did these "patriotic youths" ever realize that the sense of responsibility of "the American imperialism" to
protect their pets far surpasses the sense of responsibility of the Chinese government to its own people? You
love the Chinese Communist Party, but the Chinese Communist Party does not love you. Your children are harmed
already, yet the propaganda organs of the Chinese Communist Party are still trying to dissolve this issue - it
does not let you talk about the truth of the tainted milk powder, it blames the business and peasants while
painting a pretty picture for the government. This is the same situation as the time of SARS.
If people take in these lies and let the criminals pass again, there will be more disasters waiting for
everyone. For this reason, people with breadth of vision have been continuously calling and demanding the
Chinese government to open free speech. Not even for political reforms, but just for survival of the people, we
need free press. Otherwise, incidents like SARS and tainted milk powder will continue, cost the country without
peace, and make the people hard to survive. Nowadays in China, it is not safe everywhere, from drinks to food,
even to breathe. This kind of life should not be continued.
So we must have political reform, starting with the return of free speech to the people.
Whenever talk about political reform, many average folks think that it is an issue related to the officials.
But the incidents like SARS and the tainted milk powder repeatedly educate us that this is directly associated
with us. With the developing technology, the level of doing bad things have upgraded as well. Without a modern
political system to manager the society, disasters could come fast and hard, to such a degree that they could
not be dealt with. Political reform is not an issue that is unrelated to the average folks, for the modern
social managing system is directly tied to the very survival of each of us.
A modern society must have a full modernization. A crippled modernization may not be a good thing, but an
even bigger disaster.