I was wondering when this would come up. A British parliamentary committee accuses HSBC of aiding the suppression of Hong Kong migrants’ human rights by barring BNO passport holders below retirement age from accessing MPF funds (in line with a petty and vindictive Hong Kong government directive)…
The inquiry concluded that HSBC’s decision to follow the directive has not only left Hong Kong residents unable to create new and safe lives for themselves in the UK, but also means the bank is complicit in human rights abuses.
…The APPG is also urging the UK government to demand that banks including HSBC unfreeze the accounts of political dissidents, condemn their support for the national security law, and find a solution that would allow BNO residents to withdraw their pension funds.
For more on HSBC’s dilemma, see Matthew 6:24.
HK Police retention/recruitment problems leave force numbers 2,900 down. We hear a lot about teachers quitting, but far less about cops. (Do ex-cops get their retirement funds if they move to the UK?)
And the government takes issue with a US lawmaker’s criticism of the NatSec 47 trial, insisting that the defendants will get a fair trial. The world will see for itself, depending on whether the judges in the jury-less court swallow the prosecution’s contention that trying to win an election is a threat to national security.
The Hong Kong government’s hypersensitive reaction to criticism reminds me of this comment by independent Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov: ‘people scream when they’re in pain’…
The horribly servile police…plus the horribly servile bankers and landlords and civil service and…
It always surprises me how easily and how many Hong Kong people lay down any principles and serve the Communists. Added to that the number of people who clutch their wallets in all situations and do nothing. The two groups together must compromise 70%-80% of the population at least. So why sympathise with or assist them? Please explain.
Filling the openings in the popo is easy: bring over mainland cops as the dirty work grunts like Putin’s Wagner convicts and have a quick local assimilation training period of about two weeks (since the popo operate in unaccountable ways these days anyway). The trouble will be when they eventually get too chummy with triads and “patriots” and discover the many side hustles to make extra kala.
@Mike Oxlong: Every time a westerner (usually a diplomat or big wig business type) summarizes what he/she thinks of the Chinese, and the Cantonese in particular, it’s always how “pragmatic” they are. Perhaps what you are seeing, unsurprisingly, is nothing more than servile pragmatism in action?
“ Added to that the number of people who clutch their wallets in all situations and do nothing. The two groups together must compromise 70%-80% of the population at least. So why sympathise with or assist them? Please explain.”
If you were here during the 2019 district council elections or honestly any election before 2020 you would understand that no 70 to 80 don’t support the communists. The number is more like 30 to 40 percent.
The Financial Times reported last July that HSBC had allowed the government of China to instal a Communist Party committee in its mainland investment banking subsidiary.
Render to Xi, sir, that which is Xi’s, sir
Render to God that which is Gods.
“Added to that the number of people who clutch their wallets in all situations and do nothing.”
Oh you mean the HKers who can’t move overseas due to family and financial reasons? You are in no position to judge them you smug privileged low empathy cunt.
That entire post rubbed me the wrong way since it’s clearly written by a tool who never had to be placed in a position where all of their rights are waived and their liberty at risk. No cancel culture isn’t the same thing moron
Children, children. Children of God.
Peace be upon you all.
The Lord teacheth us all, we’re all in this fine town due to pecuniary concerns. Let he without pecuniary concerns cast the first stone.
Mark Bradley: Bracing. Thank you.
@Knownot – “allowed” – hmm. Do you think they were given a choice?
We’re laying low because we’re not suicidal, asshole. The only option left is to outlive the bastards, so that’s what we’re doing. Nice of you to decide that we are unworthy because we value our own safety more than your gratification. What did you do when people were getting tear gassed and beaten? Offer thoughts and prayers? Share a whole Tweet that one time? Complain that you couldn’t find a taxi?
Reverend: That’s a cynical assumption. It’s also false for a surprisingly large number of people.