Government broadcaster RTHK announces an exciting new show designed to inspire young people through interviews between former official Fred Ma and the elderly mega-rich…
In the first episode that aired on Saturday night, Ma interviewed gambling tycoon Lui Che-woo, founder of Galaxy Entertainment Group and K. Wah International Holdings, who encouraged Hong Kong people to remain resilient amid hardship.
The twin themes are ‘shut up and listen’ and ‘you can’t make this stuff up’…
Asked if the show would be able to connect with youngsters – among the city’s most disgruntled residents following the protests – Ma said his plan was for them to learn from their successful predecessors.
…this is not about them sharing their stories as we have listened to quite a lot of their voices elsewhere,” he said.
The SCMP helpfully provides some background…
[Ma] said he had spotted a societal trend since the anti-government protests in 2019 and the start of the pandemic in 2020.
“There has been a lot of negativity. Society has been through a lot,” he said. “Our show has a lot of positive energy.”
…He quit the private sector in 2002 to become a government official but resigned in 2008 due to a brain condition.
David Webb on the arithmetic of Covid spread and time-lags. On the day 350 cases are reported, another 1,000 people are infected. On the day those 1,000 are detected (five days later), another 3,000 are infected. Cue hundreds of transmission chains. The real positivity is in sewage samples.
With the Hong Kong government finally starting to admit failure in its ‘dynamic’ zero-Covid policy, Regina Ip makes one last desperate attempt to offer herself as worthy Chief Executive material. (Trigger alert: contains extreme toadying that may distress some readers.)
Beijing officials do a last-minute ‘consultation’ on ‘candidates’ for the CE ‘election’. Loyalists claim the absence of pan-dems accounts for the CCP’s insouciance.
Your weekend NatSec stuff…
A thread on moderate pan-dem Fernando Cheung, just jailed for three weeks for protesting – as a serving lawmaker – in LegCo…
At sentencing on Friday, magistrate Peter Law said Cheung had “seriously disrupted” the LegCo meeting and created a “negative impression that civilisation has regressed.”
The same judge has denied Chow Hang-tung the right to make bail review applications in person.
Police arrest activist Koo Sze-yiu before he can protest the Olympics – which is apparently now sedition.
And the HK Journalists Association continues trying to fight government attempts to shut it down.