A top government advisor has come to the defense of much-maligned private
entrepreneurs, saying that it is unfair to assume that all of them are guilty of
"original sin" on their way to riches.
"Original sin" refers to the notion floating around in China for the last few
years suggesting that most, if not all, private entrepreneurs started their
businesses with shady deals.
The allegation is unfounded, Huang Mengfu, vice-chairman of the National
Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference the
country's top political advisory body said yesterday.
He admitted that there have been a number of high-profile criminal and
corruption cases involving private entrepreneurs.
But they do not provide the ground for lumping and labelling all of them
together, said Huang, also chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and
"The notion of 'original sin' suggests that every single private entrepreneur
has a suspicious background," Huang said. "That is unfair."
Huang said those who have breached the law should be
punished in accordance with the law, but they do not represent all private
The social sentiment of "original sin" has had an impact on some policymaking
processes and exerted much pressure on entrepreneurs, he added.
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