Hong Kong’s government has lost so much credibility by now that the public automatically perceives any announcement as garbage. Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s decision to impose quarantine on everyone coming in from the Mainland has predictably met with derision (and apparently triggered a run on toilet paper – though that might just be inspired by the general ongoing ambient official incompetence).
Chances are that the threat of quarantine will dissuade a lot of people from crossing the border. It could certainly make life very difficult for anyone who has to make the trip.
Spare a thought for
retired low-income Hongkongers
living in Shenzhen who need to pick up medicines here our Beijing-groveling
tycoons who are members of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s
Political Consultative Conference. They were already dreading the prospect of
having to spend two weeks in the nation’s capital attending the ‘two meetings’,
which start on March 3.
In the old days, they could get away with goofing off and having long lunches, massages and naps in their hotels while the rubber-stamp bore-fests took place. Some would even sneak back to Hong Kong for a few days to attend to their family-owned rent-seeking cartelized conglomerates’ business. That all changed when Xi Jinping took over and demanded that even billionaires must display patriotism by showing up for mind-numbing lectures and briefings on Party-State ideology.
Now, if the ‘lianghui’ go ahead, the plutocrats’ two-week ordeal in Beijing will be followed by 14 days’ confinement back here, sitting in isolation behind nailed-up doors, wearing a GPS bracelet – while their devious siblings and mentally challenged heirs wreak corporate mayhem in the boardroom. As if they are not suffering enough from plummeting rents.
Having received a premonition, meanwhile, the Mormons have already fled.