I don’t pretend to be a news outlet and I can’t imagine anyone comes to this site looking for the latest news. That being said, I’ve tried to avoid posting anything in the last few days (here, Facebook or Twitter) that wasn’t relevant to the ongoing situation in Hong Kong. I’ll admit I’m watching everything at a distance – I was in Manila until Monday night, Tuesday I had to work, today … well, I’m where I am.
Anyway, a few news items that have caught my eye.
Chai Yan Leung is the daughter of HK’s fearless leader CY Leung. I don’t know if this is real or not, but this screenshot of her Facebook page was posted at Coconuts.
You tell me if it’s the real mccoy. Also posted to that page yesterday:
Pls keep up with the trying-to-get-into-my-account/
hacking (but failing like the loser you are), sending ‘”friend” requests”‘ (as if I’ll accept), meticulously scrolling through my public fb content and commenting on every single pic or status or note- IT’S SO FCKING ENTERTAINING and I’m laughing my ass off with my friends. Should I be flattered that you’re all so obsessed with me??#SoFunny #PlsKeepItComing #MyEverydayEntertainment
And a bit earlier, something about how she thinks Lindsay Lohan is the most talented actress of her generation.
Also from Coconuts, a photo she supposedly posted to Facebook last June:
(And please, no jokes in comments about how if you were related to CY, you’d try to kill yourself too. Yes, she slashed them the wrong way, but either way it’s sad.)
The SCMP reports that the Philippine consulate has warned Philippine workers in Hong Kong to stay away from the demonstrations as it might be unsafe or possibly illegal to attend, with fines of up to HK$5,000 (which is greater than one month’s salary for a domestic helper here). Further, “Ferdinand Ramos, a 38-year-old musician who has lived in Hong Kong all his life but goes back to the Philippines periodically, said media reports in his country had warned nationals not to join the protest because they could be deported.”
Domestic helpers in Hong Kong received a salary raise this week. The minimum monthly salary has been raised from HK$4,010 to HK$4,110. It’s a raise of US$13 per month or approximately 2.5%.
This one here is a bit of a head-scratcher. Apparently early on Tuesday some idiot in a Mercedes literally sped through a street crowded with protesters.
Protesters scrambled for cover just seconds before a grey Mercedes-Benz, allegedly driven by a 59-year-old man surnamed Cheung, could hit them when it speeded through a section of Argyle Street near the junction with Nathan Road at around 2am.
The driver was later arrested at his Kowloon City home for suspected dangerous driving after reporters revealed his identity on social media. Police said there was no report of injury.
The driver said he had done nothing wrong.
“I didn’t break any law. I was only exercising my citizen’s rights to use the road,” he told Cable TV.
“I didn’t see anything at all. All I remember is that I would not hit any people or objects. I used the road safely. I went through. That’s OK,” the driver said as he raised his right thumb.
Police senior inspector Wong Siu-leung, from the Kowloon West accident investigation unit, said the suspect’s driving manner was “problematic”.
“He rang his horn, and slowed down, but his vehicle was too close to the crowd,” Wong said.
Wong added that the driver was on his way to a friend’s home. He passed a breathalyser test.
The incident sparked anger and panic among the protesters. Some screamed as the car came close to hitting the crowd while others chased after the vehicle trying to catch the driver or rushed to reinforce the road block.
In Causeway Bay today, someone threw a plastic bag filled with water and bits of watermelon rind out of a window. One woman was taken to the hospital.
While most of Hong Kong’s entertainment industry stars have kept their mouths shut about all of this, and the HK gossip sites continue to post their usual nonsense, Chow Yun-Fat has spoken out.
Veteran actor Chow Yun-fat also spoke up. He told the media that the government made a serious mistake by using tear gas on students on day one. He criticised the government for being evasive when it should be facing the public.
“The students are very smart and rational. This is a peaceful protest. Why did [the government] have to resort to the violent tear gas?” Chow said.
“CY Leung cannot run away from this,” Chow said.
I have a co-worker who is from the mainland. This person has been posting stuff relevant to the protests on Weibo. The posts have all been deleted of course. The co-worker says they were told this is actually safer – if the posts were not deleted, it could be more troublesome for them in the long term.
Anyway, where things stand at the moment, in case you didn’t already know, is that the student protesters have changed their demands somewhat. Rather than saying they will occupy Hong Kong until China grants full democracy, they’re now saying they will go home once C.Y. Leung resigns or is forced from his post.
This is more achievable. After all, it was a mass demonstration in 2003 that forced the “resignation” of Hong Kong’s first chief exec, Tung Chee-Hwa.
But worryingly, they’ve said that if Leung doesn’t resign by Thursday, they will attempt to occupy government buildings. This could have disastrous consequences. I hope this will not be the case.
UPDATE: What I meant to add above was that it’s the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t. If Leung does step down or is forced out, who will replace him? Tung was inept, Tsang was corrupt and Leung is like the weird uncle you wouldn’t let babysit your kids. Beijing is clueless so don’t think that whoever follows in Leung’s footsteps is going to be an improvement.