Secretary for Home Affairs Casper Tsui, Immigration Director Au Ka-wang and a political assistant are released from quarantine at Penny’s Bay. It seems there will be no serious punishment for officials or lawmakers who attended the Witman Hung birthday bash. On the other hand, two Cathay Pacific cabin crew – already fired by the airline – are arrested for breaking anti-Covid rules. The ‘loyal trash’ at the birthday party were victims, and it’s all Cathay Pacific’s fault for inflicting the Omicron variant on Hong Kong.
It could have been worse. The party-going ‘elites’ and the errant flight attendants could have been a 17-year-old producing leaflets calling for a ‘Federal Republic of Hong Kong’. He is facing sedition charges that are likely to attract harsher penalties than violating disease-control rules.
(I’m intrigued about how a federal system could work in Hong Kong. If half a dozen US states (Dakotas, Vermont, potentially DC, etc) can function with populations of less than a million, couldn’t regions like HK Island, Shatin, Kowloon and Tuen Mun/Yuen Long in theory support separate legislatures and governors? Or maybe a borough system like London’s – where councils and mayors run local schools, parks and public housing – would make more sense. Obviously, I would never propose such possibly seditious ideas.)
And a little reminder that, for all the misery out there, we still have at least one reason to be thankful…