Beijing - Chinese official media and web users poured scorn on local
government officials on Wednesday after they gave multi-millionaire tennis star Li
Na an 800 000 yuan ($132 000) reward for winning the Australian Open.
Chinese Internet users, angry at the additional reward given by local
officials, accused them of wasting taxpayers' money that could have been used
to address the needs of the poor.
"This group of people has remained the same all along - they will not
endure failure with you but they are more than happy to share your
victory," said the article, written under the alias of Xiao Shiyilang - a
Robin Hood-like character from a kung fu novel who steals from the rich to give
to the poor.