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Not bouyed by corruption, an honest contractor struggles in China

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Lori Harel  |  Tuidang Center

Falun Gong parade in Flushing Chinatown, New York (minghui)
Truthfulness in a Falun Gong parade in Flushing Chinatown, New York (minghui)

Highest Gratuity to CCP officials could yield jobs, but not for Zhang

Mr. Zhang of Changchun, China was a highly skilled construction contractor who was not landing sizable contracts because he practiced Falun Gong and would not participate in the corrupt system of kickbacks.
“For the opportunity to have large construction projects you needed to prepare money to put in the private pockets of the Communist Party officials,” said Zhang. “Whoever gave the largest kickback would score the job.”
According to the three principles the cultivation practice of Falun Dafa is based on- truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, trying to outbid others with a payoff was unlawful. Zhang would not do it so he had no choice but to take on smaller jobs.
A retired police officer was building a restaurant inside a local hotel and he hired Zhang for the job. Zhang was to design and construct the restaurant. They signed a contract for the value of 300,000 dollars.
The restaurant owner knew Zhang since before the persecution of Falun Dafa began in 1999. Falun Dafa was a cultivation system practiced freely and respectfully in China since 1992 until Jiang Zemin, the then CCP leader, outlawed the practice and enforced severe persecution on Falun Dafa practitioners.
When the job was finished the restaurant owner came to Zhang and told him, “I appreciate the good job you did for me but I will only give you 50,000 dollars. You practice truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance so you have to accept this,” he said.
This essentially was a threat.
Although there was a signed contract, Zhang could not make the man honor the contract terms nor could he sue him for breaking them. Although contracts are binding under Chinese Law, to obey the CCP’s orders, however, was the first priority for people- and the CCP was after those who practice Falun Dafa. That restaurant owner could report Zhang to CCP authorities and tell them he was a Falun Dafa practitioner. He would receive a reward for reporting on Zhang and Zhang would be arrested, jailed, face torture, and possible death in prison.
“The CCP is the law above the law,” said Zhang.
The 50,000 dollars, at least, covered the laborer’s pay and Zhang was happy about that.

Not accepting kickbacks from vendors

As a contractor, Zhang selected the materials for his projects. Competing vendors would try to encourage him to choose their products by providing incentives in a form of kickbacks. Many contractors became rich by accepting kickbacks.
People have been asking me, “How come you are so poor? As a contractor, you must have lots of money from payoffs.”
As a Falun Dafa practitioner, Zhang would not accept kickbacks and only selected materials according to the product’s performance and quality.

Would not use job materials for personal use

While Zhang worked on the restaurant he was constructing his own home. Many construction workers, foreman or the contractors themselves were known to use materials taken from their jobs to use elsewhere.
“It has become a norm in China, so much so, that no one considers it wrong anymore,” said Zhang.
Adhering to Falun Dafa standards- Zhang would not take materials from the restaurant project to use for his home construction.

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