Author Archives: biglychee

HK government continues spring-cleaning

Just time for Hong Kong to squeeze in a little more Mainlandization before the New Year festivities. A court rules that civil servants can bar a candidate from the ballot provided their telepathic induction is augmented with ‘cogent, clear and … Continue reading

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Today’s dumb idea…

Let’s push housing prices up even further by subsidizing buyers currently unable to afford homes. The proposer seems to think that earmarking proceeds from land/housing-based revenues for this purpose makes the idea elegant. But public money raised from any source would … Continue reading

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Fake interview

Posing as an applicant for the new post of Pilates Instructor, I sneaked into the South China Morning Post’s new headquarters over the weekend. As you would expect of a high-tech trendy company, the place offers a fitness zone (ping-pong … Continue reading

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Vatican joins CCP-worship cult

With Western companies like Mercedes, Marriott and Zara engaging in the most humiliating and unseemly Panda-groveling, perhaps we should not be too surprised to see a senior Catholic official effusively praising China. We might, however, raise an eyebrow at the … Continue reading

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Before Rooster Year ends…

As you start the New Year, so it will continue. That’s why people prepare for the festival by cleaning the house. It is particularly important for debtors to repay outstanding loans – or at least get their credit situation into … Continue reading

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The latest from Causeway Bay

The South China Morning Post announces its relocation to glamorous, high-tech, space-age new offices. The pictures suggest a James Bond villain’s secret headquarters built deep inside an island off an exotic coast in the Far East. But the description sounds … Continue reading

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What’s Singlish for ‘schadenfreude’?

Pro-Beijing sex-symbol Lau Siu-kai ponders the ideological tests Hong Kong has introduced out of nowhere in recent years to keep opposition activists off the ballot in elections. Yes, they are vague, he admits. Maybe you’ll be barred from running if … Continue reading

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Would the HK government lie about land?

The Hong Kong government is caught in an embarrassing situation. On the one hand, it must maintain the fiction that there is a ‘shortage of land’ to justify current high housing prices and long-term multi-billion mega-projects to reclaim artificial islands. … Continue reading

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Next on the Things-to-Crush List…

Today’s Communist Party-ordered election-rigging comes from… New Territories East, where a politically impartial civil servant bars James Chan from the ballot on the grounds that she doesn’t believe he is sincere in saying he does not hold a particular belief. … Continue reading

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Invasion of the mind-reading politically neutral civil servants

Another would-be candidate in Hong Kong’s forthcoming by-elections, Lau Wing-hong, is barred from the ballot. The decision seems to hinge mostly on the Returning Officer’s ability to telepathically determine if someone has, deep within their soul, changed their opinion about … Continue reading

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