Weaving together various observations and musings -- usually pertaining to aspects of Hong Kong (life) but sometimes beyond.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
From Asia's World City to the Developed World's Police State
Monday, March 29, 2021
A day of infamy for the Hong Kong film world and much of Hong Kong
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Hong Kong is not Myanmar but it's full of people unhappy with its government too
Pls don't think that things are returning to *normal* in Hong Kong. Every day teachers, medics, civil servants are being purged from the jobs, dissidents are being followed, school curriculums are removing critical thinking, gaslighting on an Orwellian scale. It's a horror show.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Continued evidence of people lacking confidence in Hong Kong's current situation and government, and still more reasons for their being this way inclined
Our latest survey shows that the popularity rating of CE Carrie Lam has dropped significantly by 4.4 marks compared to half a month ago, now standing at 29.5 marks. 43% of respondentsgave her 0 mark. Her approval rate is 18%, disapproval rate 72%, giving a net popularity of negative 54 percentage points, which has dropped significantly by 10 percentage points.
And no, your eyes did not deceive you: "The leader who killed her city", as she was billed in an article in The Atlantic, has a minus 54 percentage point popularity rating. So if ever there were a democratic election in Hong Kong for Chief Executive, the odds would very much be against Carrie Lam winning it -- or another electoral race in the territory, actually!
In view of certain events and revelations that have taken place in recent days, I can only conclude that public confidence in the state of Hong Kong’s democracy, rule of law and stability, and also its government, will have fallen still further. Just from the past two days alone: yesterday, we had the bombshell ruling by Hong Kong's High Court that a "joint enterprise" doctrine can be used in cases of riot and unlawful assembly.
Consequently, "defendants who come before the courts in Hong Kong facing rioting and unlawful assembly charges may still be convicted – even if they were not present at the scene of protest"! Put another way: charges of rioting and unlawful assembly could legally be imposed on a crazy percentage of the Hong Kong population; this especially since the police were frequently kettling people and arresting pretty much anyone in the vicinity of protests in 2019 and 2020, including those taking place on university campuses, inside of shopping malls, and busy shopping, dining and drinking, and tourist districts -- and by anyone, I include such unlikely individuals as children out to buy crayon and a bus driver who honked his horn!
Then today, in addition to protest-related lawfare (which is being extended in 2023, at the earliest), we've got further shennanigans related to the suspension of the BioNTech vaccinations here in Hong Kong. More specifically, the Hong Kong government has apparently discarded all the problematic bottles, or the vials of BioNTech vaccine, that had been determined to be faulty. Consequently, as the co-chairman of the Medical Association's advisory committee pointed out, "we don't have those bottles as evidence for the company of BioNTech to check what had happened"!
Almost needless to say, this is not standard procedure. And it fuels people's suspicions that there is something weird going on, if not downright problematic, with regards to the government's handling of the BioNTech section of its coronavirus vaccination scheme.
At this point, about the best outcome we can hope for is that the Hong Kong public decide that there not only is nothing wrong with the BioNTech vaccines but also that the government seems to want to make it hard for people to take them, with the latter point getting people to, conversely, really want to get that vaccine as a result! Because if we're going to wait for the majority of Hong Kongers to be okay with taking the Sinovac vaccine, we're going to have to wait for an eternity; this even while there have been cases of Mainland Chinese individuals coming to Hong Kong to (illicitly) get those Chinese-made jabs!
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The suspension of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong fuels distrust in the government as well as puts a damper on the territory's vaccination program
Monday, March 22, 2021
Thoughts and letters for people behind bars in Hong Kong, many of whom are yet to be tried
Friday, March 19, 2021
Hong Kong cinema worries while gearing up for this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Let's work to end the Wuhan coronavirus nightmare with the (BioNTech) vaccine!
look, i'm incredibly frustrated by our relatively low vaccine uptake too, but for fuck's sake. when will you realize you cannot threaten people into public health compliance, particularly if they rightfully have no trust in your administration?
like between the ambush lockdown-tests that seem to have absolutely *zero* utility in outbreak control but are quite good at traumatizing people, to the Sinovac approval on no data, to the idiotic mass testing last Sept., TO DIRECTLY CAUSING OUR THIRD WAVE...
...your admin has an astoundingly godawful track record at "fighting the virus" & the question of "why the hell should we work with you?" is one that is honestly extremely reasonable to raise. it just so happens this time it's for something vital, but guess what...
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LOSE PUBLIC TRUST. THIS IS WHY I RANT ABOUT THIS ALL THE FUCKING TIME ON HERE. B/C ONCE IT HAPPENS IT'S CATASTROPHIC & MITIGATING THE DAMAGE ALMOST ALWAYS WINDS UP BEING *INCREDIBLY* DIFFICULT.
i am as pro-vax as they get. again, i urge anyone eligible who hasn't registered to get the Pfizer/BioNTech shot. there's still tons of open slots at Ap Lei Chau, for instance. but threats are not how you get people to do this. FFS.
(And for the record: Yes, I'm pro-vax too and have got my first BioNTech shot already!)