Since the tainted formula powder scandal broke out in 2008 after numerous scandals on food safety in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), people became paranoid about Made in China products.
Since Hong Kong is the nearest destination for the Chinese (if you wonder why I use Chinese not mainlander, please refer to my previous post), it became the first victim of the milk powder raid…
It all began at the Lo Wu…
This is what it looks like at the Sheung Shui MTR station, the train station nearest to the boarder, every day! Even in the evening!
The majority (I won’t say all) of these people are Chinese across the boarder, purchasing daily necessity from Hong Kong. They buy in bulk, baby milk powder is one of the key things they smuggle to PRC. Some other items include, toilet rolls, rice, condiments, over-the-counter drugs, soft drinks, crisps and baby dippers.
As you can see from the picture above, they queue up outside the train station every day on the pavements, making it extremely inconvenient for people who live nearby, day and night.
They are often rude to others and have appalling manners, some who live in Sheung Shui have been hit by these smugglers’ trollies – here’s one picture in a local newspaper showing a victim who was injured by these smugglers.
A concern group is recently formed on Facebook. It updates the situation, organises protests on a regular basis and urges the HKSAR government to resolve the issue – banning the multi-daily-entry visa for Chinese.
When protesters demand the smugglers to stop and to go back to China, these smugglers often say:
“we are just making a living”
“without us (Chinese smugglers) buying your (HK) products, HK would have collapsed long time ago and we are contributing to your economy”
Some so called public figures and politicians urge Hong Kong people to tolerate Chinese for their behaviours:
“You are Chinese too. Accept the fact that they are less educated and from a different culture”
It is repeatedly said by the Chinese that purchasing things from another nation is a generous act for them because they spend their Renminbi in others nations, boosting their economies. See how their national news channel/mouthpiece position/legitimise/justify the invasion here!
They think clearing all baby milk powder from shops is perfectly alright, but they forgot about the fact that:
– baby milk powder is a type of necessity (too many working mothers, so formula is a great alternative to breast feed)
– baby milk powder manufacturers allocate a certain amount of their products to each market base on the expected birth rate in each market
– the population in PRC is substantially bigger than any other nations, and baby milk powder supply in Sydney, London, New Zealand or Germany cannot support the massive consumption of both the locals and Chinese from PRC.
They also think that people dislike them or posing daily purchase limit is an act of discrimination because people in other countries cannot accept the fact that Chinese are becoming rich and can afford foreign products.
Below are some news report across multiple nations
Holland news report
Also saw a great blog post about what is going on…
I will continue to write more about this and the development in Hong Kong’s formula powder shortage. A “new policy” has been announced, which is completely insane!
Do you start to understand why Hong Kongers call Chinese locusts?
The origin of this term is from an English author, Archibald John Little (1838-1908). Here’s the quote from his book Mount Omi and beyond a record of travel on the Thibetan border:
Pere Amand David, who spent years on the Thibetan border, comments
bitterly in his Journal de mon troiseme voyage on this locust-like
propensity of the Chinese to destroy every green thing wherever
they penetrate, for when the trees are gone comes the turn
of the scrub and bushes, then the grass, and at last the roots,
until, finally, the rain washes down the accumulated soil of
ages, and only barren irocks remain.
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