Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
This is getting old quick. The day after Hong Kong's first ever "ambush-style" lockdown ended, with a grand total of one positive case found among the approximately 330 people tested for the Wuhan coronavirus (fewer than the 380 personnel mustered for the operation), the Hong Kong government has decided to effect another "ambush-style" lockdown -- this time over in the North Point area of Hong Kong Island.
Never mind that as many as half of the residents in the area of the first "ambush-style" lockdown appeared to have been tested; with no one answering 93 the door of the 306 residences that the lock-down personnel knocked on. Carrie Lam decreed that the operation was a success. (Bear in mind that this is also the same woman who has opined that China's national security law for Hong Kong is "on par with, if not superior to, similar national security laws in other jurisdictions, including the US" and looks to be living in la-la land, if not much worse.)
For the record: this new lockdown comes on a day which saw Hong Kong reporting 39 new coronavirus cases, a significant drop from yesterday's 60, the previous day's 64 and the beginning of the week's 73. Sadly, today also saw two deaths from the coronavirus; bringing Hong Kong's total number of coronavirus fatalities up to 176.
Compared to a lot of other places in the world (including other major cities like London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore), Hong Kong's coronavirus numbers look on the miraculously low side. But, in all honesty, whatever credit that's due for this should majorly go to the people of Hong Kong rather than its government.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
In recent years HK government has outsourced charitable feeding to NGOS, almost all focused on distributing hot meals. The logistics of distributing 30K hot meals today were always beyond govt/ NGO capabilities. the one place govt does have some expertise...Is in the food packages it supplies to refugees. I imagine these are split into two kinds of packets, one for refugees with kitchen access and one for those without, but in both cases the packages are meant to be insultingly basic, as austere and demoralizing as possible...My best guess, as someone who pays attention to the logistics of humanitarian feeding, is that HK's lockdown population got products from the "no kitchen refugee" list of foods the HKgov distributes to refugees.The goal of these packages are twofold: #1 adequate calories #2 NO RESALE VALUE. That's it. Nobody worries about the optics of these packages b/c refugees have no status or platform in HK society. Someone in gov forgot the press would be watching a lot more carefully today.
Something else that members of the press couldn't help noticing and commenting upon was that the area selected to undergo Hong Kong's first ever pandemic lockdown is one of its most impoverished (as well as possessing a significant number of darker-skinned ethnic minorities among its residents). Also that, the words of Irish journalist Oliver Farry: "As one of Hong Kong’s poorest neighbourhoods is locked down, it’s worth remembering that the current wave was started by the city’s super-rich flouting social distancing restrictions for leisure reasons and they faced no repercussions of any sort for doing so."
Lastly, let the record show that Hong Kong recorded 81 new cases yesterday -- pushing the territory's total number of coronavirus infections past the 10,000 mark -- and 76 today, putting its current total number of cases to 10,085. And for those who are wondering: only one Hong Konger has received a coronavirus vaccine thus far; and he didn't get it in Hong Kong!
Friday, January 22, 2021
Remember Nabela Qoser? The Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reporter who won the hearts of many Hong Kongers with her take-no-prisoners questioning of Hong Kong government officials, including Carrie Lam, is back in the news once more -- sadly for reasons that don't put her employers, or Hong Kong itself, in a good light. More specifically, it has come to light today that she has had her 3-year-civil servant contract by the public broadcaster and been told to accept a new much shorter term contract (of just 120 days) or face dismissal, as an investigation into her conduct continues.
As can be seen by many people (including fellow RTHK staffers and journalists) being quick to condemn the decision and rise to Qoser's defence, this is an action that many people are unhappy with. And RTHK found itself in the strange position of reporting on the RTHK Programme Staff Union chairwoman, Gladys Chiu, describing its action against Qoser as "unprecedented, arbitrary and non-transparent" and "an insult to everyone at RTHK" as well as the Hong Kong Journalists Association condemning the decision to terminate Qoser's current civil service contract as amounting to passing down a verdict without having a trial.
Ironically, just this morning, the blogger behind the Big Lychee, Various Sectors had shared a link to a piece asking if RTHK can retain its independence and vouchsafed re how amazing it was that RTHK "has still barely been rectified. The transition to propaganda outlet has barely begun. As if it has some sort of magic force field protecting it from Leninist ‘serve-the-Party’ duties."
I hate to have to consider the following but did RTHK think that that it had a better chance of getting away with this kind of behavior because Nabila Qoser is of Pakistani ethnicity? For even while she's a fluent speaker of Cantonese and is indeed a Hong Konger, she is not ethnic Cantonese/Chinese -- and, sadly, there still are too many people in Hong Kong who are apt to treat brown-skinned people less well than they would those with lighter skin tones.