PORI breaks Public Opinion Survey (Incorrect Results (Gathering)) Ordinance

More policymaking-by-state-media: Ta Kung Pao accuses Hong Kong’s PORI pollsters of breaking the law by surveying the public’s voting intentions – and the (apparently, vaguely) relevant official at the ICAC suddenly ‘can’t rule out the possibility’ that asking such questions breaks the law. The problem, of course, was not the pollsters’ question, but the respondents’ answers suggesting a low voter turnout. 

Another survey shows that young people are not interested in careers in the Greater Bay Opportunities!!! Area. Was that question also illegal, for not prompting the correct replies?

The ICAC boss’s need to awkwardly echo a CCP newspaper’s baseless claim reminds us who’s really in charge. It also confirms how frustrated Beijing’s officials are at the prospect of a low turnout in the forthcoming election. And we can conclude that PORI is toast now. 

In other NatSec horrors, the government prevents a lawyer with human-rights expertise from taking a political case. And primary schools must make kids love the motherland…

The framework also lists over 20 examples for teachers to follow, including one suggesting teachers play the song The East Is Red when teaching primary students about the achievements of Chinese aeronautical science. 

If you’re scratching your head over that, the SCMP mercifully explains…

The revolutionary ballad, which was popular during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and praises Mao Zedong as “people’s great saviour”, was the first song that China’s earliest satellite beamed back to earth after it was launched in 1970.

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11 Responses to PORI breaks Public Opinion Survey (Incorrect Results (Gathering)) Ordinance

  1. Chinese Netizen says:

    I just solved the HKCCPSAR Gov’s PR problem with one slogan: “Hong Kong – Asia’s Biggest Fucking Joke of a China City”

    That’ll be $3m USD payable in NFTs, please.

  2. Kwun Tong Bypass says:

    How can you not already love the motherland and the PLA when even FLOTPROC (First Lady of the Peoples Republic of China) sings:

    Who is going to help us turn over a new leaf?
    Who is going to liberate us?
    It’s the dear PLA
    The saving star of the Communist Party
    The army and people are one family
    Helping us to wash our clothes ………“

    (Peng Liyuan, The Laundry Song)

  3. Tanks for no memories says:

    @Kwun Tong Bypass
    Is this the next line?

    “……… clean of all the blood from the unpleasantness with the tanks versus the unarmed students and workers.”

    Asking for … a… um… friend, obviously.

  4. John Le Carré says:

    GCHQ says…GO!

  5. Formerly Known As says:

    Nice one Kwun Tong.

    Here’s the link:


    How thoughtful and sensitive of them to accompany her with a chorus of (Hanzu) women dressed up as Tibetans, about 2 million of whom were killed by the PLA in various campaigns of liberation and pacification.

  6. Joe Blow says:

    All day swarms of PTU Gesta-Popo have been spreading white terror in the streets of Causeway Bay.

    Did I miss something?

  7. Fish says:

    @FKA – jarring find.

    Reads like the Hong Kong National Anthem except I think there’s a typo in the subtitles. At 1:14 I think it is supposed to say “Helping us launder our money” not “clothes”.

  8. Red on red fire says:

    @formerly known as
    Embarrassingly for the Xinger, Tibet was also where two armies of the saving star of the Communist Party actually fought each other in the early 50s.

  9. donkey says:

    So…. teach history, but only if it doesn’t accurately reflect historical views or things we have learned from the past.

    i get it now! so, basically. just force everyone to think what you want them to think and eventually they will just give in to you and you can get what you want. true leadership! my favorite part will be when people who usually back the motherland and ccp leadership start to “get it.”

  10. Low Profile says:

    @Formerly Known As – interesting that you use the (now unfashionable) word pacification. No doubt you are familiar with Orwell’s writing: “Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification”. Orwell also noted that the word “patriotic” (among others) has “several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another”. How true.

  11. asiaseen says:

    @LP & FKA
    On a par with We had to destroy the village* to save it.

    *Insert town/city/state/organisation as appropriate.

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