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Chinese Red Cross Plans to Reinvestigate Guo Meimei Incident

Guo Meimei and the Chinese Red Cross Society logo.

Guo Meimei and the Chinese Red Cross Society logo.

From iFeng:

The Red Cross Society of China’s Commission for Social Supervision Plans to Re-investigate Guo Meimei Incident Next Month

From Beijing News (reported by Wei Mingyan), the Red Cross Society of China’s Commission for Social Supervision plans to relaunch an investigation of the Guo Meimei incident in the second half of May, and will also invite the public to participate.

The investigation will be launched after the Lushan earthquake rescue.

Yesterday [April 23], Red Cross Society of China’s Commission for Social Supervision spokesman Wang Yong said that at present, within the Commission for Social Supervision, a preliminary consensus regarding the re-investigation of the Guo Meimei case had already been reached, with the Red Cross Society of China having also agreed to cooperate with this investigation. “Right now, everyone’s main energy is still focused on the earthquake relief work, so once the emergency rescue and relief work for the Lushan earthquake is basically finished, the Red Cross Society of China’s Commission for Social Supervision will initiate the re-investigation of the Guo meimei case.”

Prior to this, Wang Yong has as a committee member of the Commission for Social Supervision suggested multiple times to re-investigate the Guo Meimei case, as well as to release the results to the public. He says frankly that after this Lushan earthquake, when the Chinese Red Cross Society entered the disaster area immediately to carry out rescue efforts, it was met with constant suspicions and questioning by the public, as well as being derided by netizens. “Letting everyone reach a consensus is a main reason for the decision to initiate the re-investigation procedures (for the Guo Meimei incident).”

Yesterday [April 23], the Commission for Social Supervision of the Red Cross Society of China officials conducted investigations on three incidents in which the public had questioned the Red Cross Society, and released the investigation results continually. Amongst them included the nonexistent local Red Cross Societies issuing invoices for non-existent relief medicine case, as well as the “with pictures there is truth” incident involving Red Cross Society personnel dumping volunteers out of the vehicle in the middle of the road.

This kind of falling into a vortex of questions, investigations, and refutations have been “repeating” endlessly since the very first day after the earthquake happened.

Will invite the public and questioning netizens to participate in this investigation

Yesterday [April 23] morning, under the title of “Committee Members Statement”, the official weibo account of the Commission for Social Supervision of the Chinese Red Cross Society suggested re-investigating the Guo Meimei case, to help the Red Cross Society rehabilitate its reputation. Apart from Wang Yong, Commission for Social Supervision memberand Central University of Finance and Economics professor Liu Shuwei also expressed that the Commission for Social Supervision should re-initiate the Guo Meimei incident investigation procedures, and explain to the public clearly, or the Red Cross Society’s reputation will be very difficult to rehabilitate.

Will re-investigating the Guo Meimei case really help Chinese Red Cross Society redeem its reputation and public credibility? According to Wang Yong, in this re-investigation, the Commission for Social Supervision will act as an independent third party, and will invite the public, including those netizen representatives who have been watching or question the Red Cross Society, to participate in the investigation process, to communicate “face to face” with the relevant Red Cross Society personnel directly, and ask their own questions. “I believe that this the results of this investigation will be better,” says Wang Yong.

The Commission for Social Supervision of the Chinese Red Cross Society is a third party independent supervisory organization, consisting of 16 committee members. All committee members have no relationship of administrative subordination to the Red Cross Society whatsoever, and also don’t receive any form of remuneration from the Red Cross Society.

Comments from iFeng:

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凤凰网广东省网友 lyh778899:

What a joke, only re-investigating now, probably already made themselves clean with their accomplices.

凤凰网河南省郑州市网友 怀念清平:

Red Cross Society, if you think you’ve been wronged, you can immediately call the police and have the Public Security Bureau intervene with an investigation, or you could’ve sued Guo Meimei for the negative effects she has caused you. It’s been so long since the incident occurred, and still you’re trying to cover it up. It would be strange if the people don’t criticize you.

凤凰网河南省平顶山市网友 凤凰网友:

No matter how you quibble, I’ll never donate a cent to your Red Cross Society… don’t even think about eating and drinking with my money.

凤凰网陕西省网友 JISHENG纪胜:

What’s the use of an investigation without the participation of the police or judicial authorities? It can only further cover up the truth of these people’s crimes!

凤凰网加拿大网友 hyamz:

Already too late. No matter what they do now, what’s lost will be forever lost, and there is no more integrity left. Nobody will be so stupid as to fall for it.

凤凰网江西省新余市网友 凤凰网友:

If they really wanted to re-investigate, they’d have done it long ago. To wait until now to re-investigate, is it to produce some appropriate result in order to fool the broad masses? To re-investigate now only shows that you’re just in collusion and never do anything meaningful.

凤凰网吉林省网友 蓝黑战士:

If you really want to save the Red Cross Society, please establish a sound transparent financial accounting system. Re-investigating Guo Meimei is just a sensationalist way to blind the masses to get through this difficulty. Even if the case is thoroughly investigated now, it’s already meaningless.

凤凰网广东省广州市网友 金添好运:

That the people have lost trust in the Chinese Red Cross, I can only say: [The distrust] was not built in one day.

凤凰网中国网友 手机用户:

It’s not just Guo Meimei, it’s the entire system that is lousy.

凤凰网上海市宝山区网友 lisiluguo:

It should be a crime of starting rumors and creating trouble. She got off easily last time, which goes to show how much power/connections she has——This woman recently was once again [caught] comparing her wealth with other people. Where did she get that much money?

凤凰网美国网友 zhuhuatao:

If Guo Meimei was in a western country, she’d have been gone to jail long ago!

凤凰网广东省深圳市网友 zyg2133:

The Guo Meimei incident was just a trigger, can’t you people introspect and reform your own problems? Morality makes a person diligent and honest, you must tidy yourselves up in front of a mirror before you do the cleaning-up.

凤凰网陕西省西安市网友 idea_mail:

They are already rotten to the core! Another investigation will still be useless.

凤凰网广东省惠州市网友 昨日情多:

If only you knew then what you know now. Did you think you could rely on the passage of time to get people to forget seeking the unspeakable truths about you?

凤凰网广东省东莞市网友 吃斋的屠夫:

The result of the re-investigation will also be a fake one, a cover up that only makes the matter worse.

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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