I have to read it a second time to make sure – but yes, it really does say…
The government will allow developers to start selling flats 30 months before they are fully built as opposed to 20 months at present in an attempt to boost home supply.
Next thing, they’ll boost the supply of oranges by letting market stall owners sell them before they’re harvested. Of course, it ‘boosts supply’ insofar as it might help satisfy some people’s pathological urge to feel they are purchasing real estate – just so long as you don’t want to do anything weird like live in it. Activist Lee Wing-tat tells the South China Morning Post that the measure sounds like a good way to allow developers to clear their inventories before the Great Property Crash of 2014 wipes out all the suckers who bought at the top of the market. The developers themselves sound suitably grudging and ungrateful.
Traffic mayhem and carnage resulted recently after a car driver freaked out when a man-eating caterpillar attacked her. Needless to say, it happened in Lantau and so is barely worthy of our attention – except for one tiny detail in the Sun’s report, namely that the woman’s husband is foreign. This presumably made the repulsive creepy-crawly all the more aggressive.
It is a sentiment shared by at least one other invertebrate: lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun BBS, MH, JP. (BBS = Bronze Bling for Shoe-shiners, and JP = Look at me, I’m a justice of the peace even though I have no idea what a justice of the peace is. But MH? Mildly Harebrained? Medal of Honour perhaps – but aren’t all medals ‘of honour’? I’m stumped.)
The legislator proposed a motion yesterday criticizing the ever-rising cost of the West Kowloon Themed Cultural District Mega-Hub White Elephant Zone. It should have passed easily but for some reason in his speech he lapsed into what RTHK calls racist comments; foreigners shouldn’t be involved in running the project, he said, because they are ‘flawed by nature’. Pro-democrats voted the motion down (see page 7 – the vote was split along the usual lines, except the pro-dems found themselves in effect defending the government).
Chung himself is, needless to say, flawless by nature, as we can see from his bio. Excellent breeding stock. He is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment Etc of HK, our friendly local Chinese Communist Party front. Still, with some overseas education in his past, he is quite cosmopolitan by DAB standards; many of his colleagues would not even think of mentioning barbarians in polite company.
Off the top of my head, I can think of at least one Executive Council member and one legislator who are married to people who are flawed by nature. Anyone wishing to send Chung their best wishes – or just ask him what the hell an MH is – can email him at [email protected] .
Sinking my teeth into a lovely, juicy, but ungrown and yet-to-be-plucked-from-the-branch orange, it gives me great pleasure to declare this three-day weekend (is it really 16 years?) open.