The week begins with a faint theme of authoritarian government encountering obstacles in its attempts to needle dissidents.
The Hong Kong Hospital Authority will dock the salaries of 7,000 public doctors and nurses who went on strike last February in an attempt to convince the government to close the border with the Mainland and keep Covid out. The action largely succeeded (though officials grumpily insisted that they tightened border controls of their own volition). The government and its CCP minders would have preferred to take far harsher revenge against the strikers – but these are essential workers, public opinion is on their side, and it would probably be messy from HR or legal angles to take further disciplinary action. So a pay deduction is all.
Skilled health-care professionals are of course among the many Hongkongers currently thinking about emigrating. Beijing is angry that foreign countries, including the UK, Canada and Australia, are extending residency rights to the city’s people. The bureaucrats are refusing to allow individuals hoping to use the UK’s complex immigration plan to cash in their Mandatory Provident Funds before age 65, on the grounds that technically they are not holding documents that grant permanent residency in the UK. Petty, but not surprising.
Lastly, the government wants to further rig the election system (which seems like overkill given that the elected bodies are powerless, and pro-dem members are being disqualified from running anyway). One key move is to let Hongkongers on the Mainland vote. But this seems to have run into unforeseen problems. One commentator suggests that Beijing officials are nervous about the idea of electioneering on the other side of the border. Since the idea must have been approved by Beijing’s locally based minders, the opposition must come from actual Mainland government departments.
Incidentally, UK activist Benedict Rogers introduces a group dedicated to helping Hongkongers going into exile. This attracts a churlish name-check in today’s drivel from Nury Vittachi. The columnist wasn’t always so embarrassingly pro-Beijing. An alert correspondent spotted the following comments in the celebrated humorist’s then-column of June 4, 2009 – the 20th anniversary of the Beijing massacre…
Now, every year or two, members of the Hong Kong elite tell us to forget June 4 and move on. They are surprised that we ordinary people of the city react with horror, stamp our feet and say NO.
Solidarity with the youngsters who hoped for a more open China is a key part of Hong Kong’s identity. Because we’re freer than the rest of China, we have a vital role: Hong Kong is China’s memory and its conscience. Our leaders act as if they don’t realize this, but the average woman in the Wan Chai market knows it instinctively.
June 4 is worth remembering. The young man with the shopping bags who stopped a row of tanks may be dead. But the image of what he did will inspire people around the globe forever.
Nowadays, Nury would insist that the CIA paid the guy with the shopping bags. What happened?
Woe is me, I made the mistake of following that link. Can I start today again, please?
I’m sure the subtle threat of ejecting a brown person from HK, regardless of “legal” status, is not something the shadow government will lose sleep over, hence Nury and Yonden’s suddenly shrill CCP support and putting down of localists is a contest of who can lick boots the best.
Yes, the west is always looking for competent, trained, slightly less expensive medical professionals to fill their depleted hospitals and I’m sure that has crossed the minds of every single essential medical worker in HK lately. Things might even be easier in the States after January when the the orange twat is shown the biggest, most beautiful door, ever.
Couldn’t agree more.
Come on, Hemmers! Spare us. Links to the vapid, trivial and woefully unamusing musings of the “Little Brown Writing Machine” (© S. Winchester) should have no place in a thinking person’s blog such as this.
Vacuity has been wee Nury’s stock-in-trade since time immemorial; don’t help him achieve his aim of dumbing us all down. You, more than anyone, should know that the merest exposure to Vitasoy’s dreary maunderings can have catastrophic effects on the intellect.
My God! As if Arsehole #4 were not enough.
The U.K. and other countries should offer the cash equivalent value of the MPF policies of those that want to settle there, it can’t be that much money anyway.
Great to see little little Nutty going Full Monty. In my view, a King of the Ring performance. Once done here, I am going to download the relevant forms and set about nominating the world’s greatest living Sri Lankan for a Gold Bauhinia Star medal.
“provide proof satisfying the trustee that you are permitted to reside in a Place outside of Hong Kong”
Just send them a copy of your Home Return Permit, which allows you to permanently reside on the Mainland.