BEIJING A Chinese policewoman who breastfed
babies orphaned during last month's earthquake has been given a
better job, prompting online protests that promotions should be
awarded on merit, not merely for good deeds.
Jiang Xiaojuan, 30, left her own baby with her parents and
took part in the disaster relief work, breastfeeding nine
babies, earning her the nickname of "the police mum" in the
She has since been awarded titles of "hero and model police
officer" and "excellent member of the Communist Party," was
appointed to the Communist Party of China Committee of the
Jiangyou Public Security Bureau and became the bureau's vice
commissar, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
Jiangyou, population 850,000, is a city near the epicenter
of the May 12 Sichuan quake which killed more than 69,000
people with thousands still missing.
"Many people voiced objections when the Jiangyou government
sought public opinion after making the promotion," Xinhua said.
"They said an official position should not be used to promote a
There were also supporters of Jiang's promotion, saying
that what she did showed she was a good public servant.
(Reporting by Nick Macfie; Editing by Valerie Lee)