The Hong Kong government is thinking of making it illegal to ‘insult public officials’. This prompts three questions. 1) What will we do all day? 2) If they are this angry at being called stupid, doesn’t it suggest they really are? And 3) Why is such a draconian law necessary?
I’m stumped by the first question, and I’ll leave the second for others to consider. But the third is easy. Read on…
The government is relaxing pandemic regulations to allow people to go to Disneyland, gyms, etc or be seated four to a table in restaurants in the evenings – but public gatherings are still limited to two, and beaches and kids’ playgrounds remain closed.
Legal assistant Chan Tsz-wah, age 29, is charged with ‘conspiracy to collude with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security’ (it seems he urged US sanctions) and ‘conspiracy to assist an offender’. Jimmy Lai, already in jail, has also been arrested. (Some discussion here.) Hong Kong Watch comments:
It is a damning testament to the deteriorating human rights situation in Hong Kong, that in 2021 Chan Tsz-wah faces ten years to life in prison under the National Security Law…
The trial begins of nine pan-democrats, including inoffensive aging campaigners like Martin Lee (age 82), Margaret Ng, Albert Ho and Cyd Ho, as well as Jimmy Lai (have they got him for jaywalking yet?). They are accused of unauthorized assembly – namely, the August 18, 2019 mega-demonstration that nearly everyone went to.
Meanwhile, back at the pandemic: the government seems to have lumbered us with a sub-par vaccine. For lack of better explanations, people are wondering whether officials chose Chinese-made Sinovac as a show of patriotism, and even delayed vaccination roll-outs to ensure the Glorious Motherland’s product gets the glory of being first. (They’re also talking of compensation for anyone killed by the stuff. Routine diligence, I guess – but it doesn’t exactly strengthen my laid-back it’s-just-a-drop-of-inert-liquid attitude.)
Let’s face it – if you were responsible for the above (or similar) idiocies, wouldn’t you want a law banning people from pointing out how incompetent you are?
(But hey – isn’t calling Carrie Lam a dumbass already illegal under the law against revealing state secrets?)
Why is such a draconian law necessary?
Is it because they are Chinese and therefore their feelings are easily hurt?
Regarding “assisting” alleged felon Jimmy Lai… Wouldn’t this mean that the police officer leading him out of the paddy wagon should also be brought up on collusion charges since Lai is clearly a renegade element who causes disorder and chaos no matter who is in the room with him?
A better piece of legislation might be to make it illegal for the government to hire public officials who are the sort of incompetent, tone-deaf, unimaginative dilettantes with advanced Dunning-Kruger syndrome that makes people want to insult and ridicule them.
Then again, what can we expect from a bunch of incompetent, tone-deaf, unimaginative dilettantes with advanced Dunning-Kruger syndrome?
AND BANG ON CUE THE WAGON TRAIN ROLLS OUT NOW THAT THE PATRIOTIC MULE IS HITCHED TO THE FORE
‘Vaccinations can start as early as next week’
2021-02-18 HKT 11:28
Medical groups and doctors who will help with the government’s Covid-19 vaccination drive say officials have told them that the inoculations could begin as early as next week.
Hong Kong’s first one million doses of a vaccine made by mainland firm Sinovac are expected to arrive in the city on Friday, while jabs made by German firm BioNTech are due to arrive next week.
Call them idiots, and get punished under this proposed new law – or deny that they’re idiots, and fall foul of the proposed law against fake news. Either way, they’ve got you coming or going – which is probably exactly what they want,
“those allergic to ingredients in the vaccines should not take the jab at all” – SCMP.
Is this some form of practical joke, like jumping without checking the parachute first?
As far as I know, it’s the police who is have been pushing to outlaw insulting public officials ever since they had mean names shouted at them starting in 2014. They want to be able to officially arrest people for contempt of cop.
so:”Is this some form of practical joke, like jumping without checking the parachute first?”
Because of the accelerated vaccine development schedules, none of them have been tested on people with food allergies or people under 18. I presume there’ll be a further refinement of the vaccines once the initial vaccination programmes have started rolling out.
If you have some significant allergic reactions to anything, it’s best to wait.
all the ingredients according to TCM
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digged i’ th’ dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat and slips of yew
Slivered in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab.
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron
For th’ ingredience of our vaccine
One would hope that the patriotic Sinovac vaccine will be first be squirted into the arms of HK’s true patriots as a matter of priority. It’s only right and just that they should all be rewarded for their devotion to their masters. It will also be their privilege to demonstrate their unquestioning belief and confidence in the the system that they are happy to see imposed upon others.
As a matter of policy, “heavyweights” absolutely should be banned from evil foreign influence vaccines (possibility of brainwashing agents) and be publicly jabbed by visiting mainland “vaccine intake experts” so their proof of loyalty is unquestioned.
All hail Xi!
Just Following Orders
To adopt, and adapt to Hong Kong, a comment posted some time ago on the Guardian website.
The vacine(s ) should be given first to the politicians, the tycoons, those in power.
If they survive, the vacine is safe.
If they do not , then (the general population of) Hong Kong is safe.
PS I note our esteemed Chief Executive has said she will be injected with the Sinovac vacine, as the first to arrive. While acknowledging her selflessness at putting herself as first in the queue I
assume the injection will be on live TV, not just RTHK, and indisputably Sinovac.
To be followed by Mathew Cheung, all the other Secretaries, members of Exco and Legco, and then tycoons.
When Li Ka Shing has been injected and is still fully functioning three months later, the vaccine might be trusted by some.
Great headline, by the ay – one of your best.