BEIJING, Jan. 28 -- Deputies attending the Third Session of the 10th
Guangdong Provincial People's Congress proposed setting up a monitoring system
to safeguard Guangdong's charity causes, a Guangzhou Chinese language newspaper
The proposal was raised after a series of crimes emerged during the
collection of donations for the tsunami-savaged South Asian countries. A
fraudulent Web site purporting to belong to the China Charity Federation was
recently discovered calling for public donations for the tsunamis survivors.
Some people were also reported to have received mobile phone text messages
asking for donations to be paid into personal accounts in the name of the Red
Cross Society of China.
The public was becoming more and more indifferent to welfare activities and
was reluctant to give donations, for fear of being cheated or the money being
embezzled, said the deputies.
A woman who refused to be identified said she and her friends seldom gave
money because they didn't want their money being embezzled.
The woman gave 1,000 yuan (US$121) for the tsunami survivors only because
many local media had been closely following the donations to guard against
irregularities, the report said.
Transparency should be introduced into the charity system, said a deputy
Legal regulations monitoring social welfare organizations and charity
groups should be set up, the deputy said.