The passing of Steve Jobs has been shocking to the Chinese public and posts of mourning for the late great American visionary overwhelm the internet, especially on Weibo.com. Pan Shiyi (潘石屹), Chairman of SOHO China, the largest real estate developer in Beijing also posted an entry on his own Weibo page about the death of Steve Jobs, but jokingly:
The Apple board should make a decision: mass-producing iPhones and iPads that sell under 1,000 RMB (around 156 USD) , let more people use Apple products. That’s the best way to commemorate Jobs.
Soon this post sparked a controversy on the Internet when one netizen replied to Pan’s entry :
"One day Chairman Pan will pass away, please ask your company to release houses that sell at 1,000 yuan per m². 1.3 billions of people will commemorate your too."
"At this point, chairman Pan should show some spirit of contribution."
"Chairman Pan should be a man of his word. Chinese people believe in you, you can do it!"
"Chairman Pan, take good care. As the Confucius said, ‘’do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.’”
"You should not make a joke at the deceased."
"Even chairman Pan is still alive, people will honor his memory, because he’s a real estate agent."
"Harm set , harm get."
"I think the netizens should not attack Pan Shiyi. There’s nothing wrong in what he said. Netizens so easily attack people online. That’s a kind of language violence."
"The Apple board will not agree. Chinese people’s money is too easy to get."
Pan’s response: I’m also fan of Jobs
Pan has deleted the related Weibo entry right after seeing what it has caused. He later explained "I do understand people love and grieve over the loss of Steve Jobs. And I also understand people are not satisfied with the current expensive housing price. I wrote down the entry based on the idea that one’s value is measured by how much he has contributed to the society and how many people can receive his service. I’m also a fan of Apple products, and Jobs. I feel the same grief as everyone does on his death. We have lost a great innovative leader. "
However, his explanation doesn’t soothe the anger. Netizen "一推推一" confronted him, "I would like to ask Chairman Pan, between you and Jobs, who has done more to society? And whose service the public has received more from? As far as I know, iPhone is quite common now, but I just wonder when will your houses finally become a common thing to have?"