Who is going to police this policy?
No, I'm absolutely not joking. This comes from a legit news source. For all my earlier rants questioning the strange logic behind arts and culture policy, here's one that effects "Châu-the-plumber". Under consideration is the proposal to ban small chested people from driving the roads of Vietnam.
The Ministry of Health recently recommended that people whose chests measure fewer than 28 inches (72 centimeters) would be prohibited from driving motorbikes -- as would those who are too short or too thin.
The proposal is part of an exhaustive list of new criteria the ministry has come up with to ensure that Vietnam's drivers are in good health. As news of the plan hit the media this week, Vietnamese expressed incredulity.
"It's ridiculous," said Tran Thi Phuong, 38, a Hanoi insurance agent. "It's absurd."
"The new proposals are very funny, but many Vietnamese people could become the victim of this joke," said Le Quang Minh, 31, a Hanoi stockbroker. "Many Vietnamese women have small chests. I have many friends who won't meet these criteria." - Intellasia
The article states that "statistics on average chest size were unavailable." Apparently so is the deluded wackjob rationale behind this nation-wide policy proposal. And yes, absolutely, this is art. What can we expect next? A redesign of motorbike seats to increase the nation's sperm count.
Posted by on October 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Permalink