The Hong Kong government’s Covid policy devours its own, with Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui being sent off to the Penny’s Bay Rectification Facility. He was attending the birthday party of one Witman Hung – the Shenzhen Qianhai Hub-Zone promotion guy in Hong Kong, also an NPC delegate – which included a Covid-positive guest.
Hung’s resume reads like a parody of the Hong Kong establishment type, accumulating ever-more tawdry baubles as the years go by…
…In 2008, Witman was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong. In 2016, he was given the Asia Social Innovation Leadership Award by CMO Asia and in 2017 he was given Light of Civilization 2017 Chinese Cultural Exchange Person of the Year. In 2015 he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
(The CMO Asia thing is possibly the direst of the lot.)
I guess I’m out of touch, but I’m not sure why so many senior government officials and lawmakers turned up at the bash in a Wanchai tapas place. One possible reason is simply that – like the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone Authority’s Principal Liaison Officer for Hong Kong – they have humdrum jobs (Home Affairs, Innovation and Technology, Mainland and Constitutional Affairs) and are bored. But there were weightier serving and former functionaries there too, from the Police, Immigration and Customs (the last two represented by Au Ka-wang and Hermes Tang, inveterate social-distancing transgressors.)
It could also be that, as the cream of the NatSec-era heavyweight shoe-shining elite patriots, the 100 or so attendees are shunned by wider society – so any invite to a mutual-toadying fest looks good.
Among the lawmakers present were Junius Ho, Elizabeth Quat, Rock Chen and Benson Luk. We can only imagine how much fun karaoke and tapas with this lot would be. But we do know that all concerned insist that most of the guests had left by the time the infected individual turned up.
Lots of fuel for mockery, schadenfreude, accusations of hypocrisy and much more. In pictures: a comparison of Carrie Lam’s flexible views of who should be accountable in such cases.
We haven’t heard the last of this.
Oh sorry – actually, we have.
Some weekend reading…
In case you missed it, a must-read from Samuel Bickett on the Chow Hang-tung trial – ‘…manipulating evidence to obtain a conviction and hide an unlawful arrest’.
Allan Zeman’s embarrassing letter of outrage to the Wall Street Journal.
A Mainland official tells Hong Kong lawmakers…
“they should not be rubber stamps or voting machines. They have to criticize the SAR government in a friendly and sincere manner.”
From Transit Jam – more on the government silence on ‘walkability’ studies in areas where there have been recent pedestrian fatalities.
An explainer from HKFP recounting the deterioration of press freedoms in Hong Kong under the NatSec Law – it’s a long list.
For some light relief: Hong Kong’s Filipino domestic helpers’ cricket team.
Carnegie on the growing Russian-Chinese entente in Central Asia.
The 20th CCP Congress will be held later this year. A quick intro from CMP now might make it more digestible when the mega-event draws closer.
And Dan Wang of Gavekal Economics puts those of us who write an annual letter to family and friends around the world to shame with the mega-opus 2021 in Review – comparing Chinese cities for (among other things) livability.