Archive for May 19th, 2011

The Forbidden City management has come under public "assault" of late. --- pix source: Guang Niu/ Getty Images

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Well, it appears that the Beijing Forbidden City management has recently ruined not just an apology, but also its credibility.

The imperial palace is under much bad publicity of late. First, a break-in by an amateur thief, who escaped with precious exhibits by scaling the wall, notwithstanding the palace is installed with some 1,600 antitheft devices, 400 circuit cameras, and 240 security personnel.

Later, the management invited criticism by using the wrong word to thank the Beijing city police, who nabbed the thief in three days. And then, news broke that a section of the palace – the Jianfu Court – had been turned into an exclusive clubhouse for the super-rich, enraging the public further.

The management has since come under public “assault” over security breach, its apology for using the wrong word, and its explanation on the super-rich club. The public has accused the management of giving excuses and shifting blame. (more…)

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