Golf course a waste of money
Updated: 2011-11-25 08:08
Comment on "Students get into the swing" (China Daily, Nov 7)
I disapprove of building a 34,000-square-meter golf course beside a school campus in the suburb. For me, golf is a game of wealthy people, not "a key skill for social networking" that children should learn. The huge money spent on golf courses is a reminder how wide the gap between the poor and the rich in China has become.
Every day, tens of thousands of migrant workers rush into big cities. They have to do backbreaking work for long hours to feed their families, and get little rest in the crowded migrant workers "camps" they live in. So it's wrong to build a vast, arrogant golf course in the suburb merely for the recreation of rich people and their children.
One of the vital principles of Chinese economic development is that groups that get rich first should help others to become prosperous. That is to say, the rich are supposed to create opportunities for those who still have to struggle even for basic necessities.
Therefore, building a golf course for the second generation of wealthy people is not only a waste of precious money, but also will hurt China's social harmony.
Anna Jiao, via e-mail
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(China Daily 11/25/2011 page9)