Citywide Polls to Decide on Who to Enforce the Proposed Bad Behavior Law
Bad public behavior is fast becoming a controversial topic in Shenzhen prompting the city to draft the nation’s first ever legislation that will address the issue. Once it gains approval either the police or the urban management bureau will enforce the proposed regulations to residents.
Guangdong province has already carried out three opinion polls along with three rounds of debates on the regulation since June. The regulation making process created a great deal of public interest with the first survey having more than 81,000 people focused on which behavior they thought should be included in the draft law. Some of the 10 most common bad behaviors noted were spitting, setting up street stalls, throwing garbage on the streets and line cutting. Some other controversial behaviors noted were bringing dogs to gyms, parks and public places to raising dogs without registration and smoking in public.
The second poll done in July, which focused on penalties showed that 80 percent of respondents said that bad behaviors should lead to severe punishment. 60 percent said that those who continue to behave badly should not be allowed to be working as civil servants. Fines to be imposed are still being decided and will range from 50 yuan up to 200 yuan. That poll also discussed which government department will impose the law, which behaviors that require administrative detention and what type of community services will be used as a punishment.
Deputy Head of the committee for education, science, culture and public health of the Shenzhen People’s Congress Standing Committee Dai Guangyu said that the police are used as the main enforcement bodies to control bad behavior in public in Singapore and Japan. He also said that the results of the gathered polls will be released in a few days’ time.
Many think that the police should be the department assigned to enforce the regulations, as compared to chengguan better known as urban management officers the police are tougher when it comes to law enforcement. While other say that bad behaviors such as spitting and throwing garbage on streets are problems of urban management and should be enforced by urban management officers.