Time for another over-the-top press release

People have long joked that Hong Kong’s housing policy serves as an excellent form of birth control. But just in case that doesn’t totally put you off procreating…

A proposed cross-border organ-donation mechanism has attracted online criticism – and even a few attempts to undermine the existing local system’s registration process. The problems are distrust of government (will the new mechanism prioritize Mainland recipients?), China’s alleged record of using condemned prisoners’ organs, and plain anti-Mainland sentiment. An official rebuke makes sense. But whoever drafted the lengthy press statement can’t resist going into excessive-rhetoric territory…

The Government noticed that a small number of individuals distorted the virtue and altruistic value of devotion in organ donation on the Internet recently by promoting the idea that organ donors should scrutinise the identity of the recipients and even urging others to withdraw from the CODR. The HHB expresses regret towards such act which completely goes against the spirit of selfless love in organ donation. Some individuals also wantonly vilify the constructive significance of the proposed establishment of a standing mutual assistance mechanism for transplant by the two places, undoubtedly despising the inseparable ties between citizens of Hong Kong and the Mainland as well as various selfless acts of assistance in the past including cases of organ donations from the Mainland in saving the lives of Hong Kong patients…

The Standard manages to see the funny side of it, with an oh-so tasteful headline about ‘heartless donation disrupters’.

Latest figures show that over a third of inmates in Hong Kong detention are ‘presumed innocent’ and awaiting trial. 

Via this post, Ta Kung Pao’s latest ‘soft resistance’ target – an independent bookstore run by former District Council member Leticia Wong in Sham Shui Po. This follows the Chief Executive’s recent comment that even if titles have been pulled from public libraries, you can still… buy them at bookstores.

Also coming in for criticism (of the PLA, following comedian Li Haoshi) – artist Yue Minjun. Watch what happens to M+ Museum’s collection.

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11 Responses to Time for another over-the-top press release

  1. Stanley Lieber says:

    “…a standing mutual assistance mechanism for transplant by the two places…”

    They’re so wrapped around their own axles that they now refer to the PRC & the HKSAR as “places” because they can’t think of anything else to call them.

  2. Natasha Fatale says:

    Speaking on an RTHK programme on Sunday, Secretary for Justice Paul Lam said: “People who are anxious [about it]… what are they afraid of? What did they hear that made them scared?” Lam said.

    They’re afraid you, moron.

  3. Northern Menace says:

    Lam: What are they afraid of?
    Five million Hong Kongers: Hold my beer!

  4. The Relevant Organs says:

    From the Standard: “Still, the registry recorded 5,091 opt-ins between last December and last month, meaning a net growth of 2,211 donors.”

    Now that Barbara Streisand the HKSARG has kicked up a big fuss and made the whole town aware that their organ donations will most likely go to the mainland, let’s see whether next month’s withdrawal-to-opt-in figures look quite so “net growth”.

  5. Justsayin says:

    That press release reads like AI-generated word soup just to see if we are paying attention

  6. Sam Clemens says:

    I withdrew from the organ donation programme today because it offered one of the few channels left to express a contrary opinion.

  7. Morgan with a small organ says:

    25 years ago I spotted a form in the Central Library and filled it out. It authorized “someone” to use my organs for donation. I received a confirmation that I was on the list (but no Wellcome gift voucher, alas). Later on I filled a form online, donating my body to a local uni for medical research.

    I wonder how they will solve this conundrum when my number is up.

  8. Fish says:

    Pretty obvious why they start with examples of 4 month old transplants. Must be a massive shortage of tender young baby organs for the spawn of CCP cadres. I hear the thought crime arrest rate even up north is very low until they learn to babble.

  9. Barbra Streisand says:

    Barbra, no “A” please.

    With a schnoz as big as mine I can smell all manner of shit.

  10. Mary Melville says:

    Note that the $2 transport policy is now being touted as the main reason for falling government revenues, burden on the economy, blah, blah, blah.
    Noticeable is that those leading the hand ringing are ‘heavyweights’ who travel by car, funded by the generous perks that come with ‘public office’.
    Of course there are abuses, but then what government policy or service is not open to abuse, like government housing allowances, public housing, parking meters, medicines doled out at public hospitals, sports facilities ………………. the list is endless.
    However the aggregate abuse of the $2 fare could never amount to more than a mere fraction of the many boondoggles funded by the taxpayer.
    And lets not go into the White Elephant projects and millions wasted on consultations for facilities that commonsense indicates will eventually be shelved.
    But hey, the $2 fare is a scheme that benefits the little guy, Joe Average, and we cannot have that, so prepare for the gradual whittling away of this programme while the many other perks and backhanders that should be eliminated are spared the cull.

  11. Celine's First Law: National Security is the chief cause of national insecurity says:

    @Natasha Fatale
    “I always think that we have to face [our] fears,” Lam said. “People are most afraid of that which they don’t know. Sometimes they’re imaginary fears, sometimes they really have reason to be scared… don’t let negative emotions override rational analysis.”

    Secretary for Injustice Paul Lam should really direct that rhetoric to the people who have decided they need to implement National Security Laws to protect themselves. “What are they afraid of? What did they hear that made them scared?”

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