John Lee says…
…he has to finish writing his manifesto and that he may not be able to cover every area. But, he added, it … does not mean he is not concerned about whatever area is not mentioned.
Yeah, y’know, I really really care about, like, whatever, dude. Article 23, however, is to get priority treatment. It will presumably enhance the NatSec regime’s ability to punish criticism, currently limited to two-year sentences under the archaic but recently heavily used sedition law.
If anyone should be arrested for sedition, it must be John Lee’s hair stylist. But instead it’s activist Koo Sze-yiu, who gets prosecuted – for planning to protest against the Winter Olympics.
Nikkei Asia sees a depressing, security-obsessed future…
…the local and central governments seem afraid that a significant segment of the [Hong Kong] population is out to get them. Citizens, in turn, fear the Beijing-imposed national security law and the risk of winding up in prison for saying the wrong thing.
…The 64-year-old Lee’s career has focused exclusively on policing and security. He has little experience relevant to the finance and business sectors that power the economy, nor knowledge of social issues such as housing. His rise is unlikely to restore waning global confidence in the financial hub’s reputation, business executives and bankers told Nikkei Asia.
…Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London, said Hong Kong was undergoing a process of “mainlandization” that cannot be challenged or reversed.
If you thought the Great Plague-Spreading Hamster Slaughter was a one-off… Hefty penalties for quarantine patients not handing their pets over to the Covid Police for ‘follow-up’. Fines, too, for anyone helping furry friends avoid enforcement. As with flights and travel, Beijing insists that Hong Kong acts like a part of China, not like part of the rest of the world.
At the other end of the reputation-scale – can’t believe how good Ukraine is at PR.