Having More New Immigrants is the Solution to Aging Population?

Aging population is an issue faced by countries around the world, including Hong Kong. Before we try to “resolve” the problem, we ought to understand or at least learn why this problem arises. It occurs to me that the key reason is medical advancement – people live longer nowadays!

In history, baby booming is almost inevitable after a war. But why? I think the fundamental reason is to “resupply” the labour force (in a long run). But is aging population a genuine problem? Or is that a “created” problem the corporate want you and I to believe in?

Back to the problem closer to my heart, Hong Kong’s aging population.

Labour force is defined by the government, but it is somehow disconnected from the reality. Given the medical enhancement and globalisation (an increase of variety of highly nutritious food, for instant), shouldn’t we rethink about retirement age, hence “increasing” the labour force without actually having to increase the existing population? I’m sure many of you would agree that a lot of the old folks are in fact fully capable of carrying on working even after their retirement age. They also do have experience and skills that the younger generation can surely learn from.

Another thing that many pseudo left-wingers in Hong Kong claim contributes to the aging population is low birth rate. This also isn’t an unique phenomenon in Hong Kong. People tend not to have too many children nowadays. Mortality rate was very high in the old days, but this has been massively improved – medical advancement (once again) is a major reason, but we must not forget about the improved living condition and there has not been a “world war” for decades. Less likely babies are killed/died because of deceases or during war or malnutrition in the developed countries. Families no longer need to breed like their ancestors used to, in order to ensure one’s bloodline continues. The society nowadays do not need a lot of labour either, simply because of the technology advancement! Labour intensive industries are scarce.

The low birth rate in Hong Kong has many other contributing reasons too. As many of you across the world know that Hong Kongers work very hard regardless of which industry they are in. The living space in Hong Kong, is arguably one of the smallest in the world, mainly due to the property hegemony and the speculation driven real estate market in Hong Kong. Extremely high cost of living, from food and daily necessities to housing, couples have to work full time to be able to support their own family (as well as their parents in many cases), is another key factor. With the ever climbing inflation in admist of the stagnated pay rise, financial burden is huge to any young couple. Childcare is close to nonexistence in Hong Kong, too.

On top of the lack of work-life balance, limited space, time and financial flexibility, Hong Kong couples are reluctant to have multiple children. Even if they can afford having children, they have to face all sorts of “matters” when bringing their children up. Before a mother could sense the joy of becoming a mother, Hong Kong mothers need to worry about whether or not they can get a hospital space to give birth. If they are lucky enough to get one, they need to start worrying about getting formula powder for their babies (as said, with the busy work life, it is simply far too difficult to breast feed). When they are old enough to go to school, parents have to queue up outside kindergartens, primary schools and high schools for days just to get an application form from schools that involve at least an hour of commute.

Any responsible adult would consider all these factors before having children as one would only want the best they can provide to their children. Anyone with the slightest decency (and dignity) will refuse to rely on social welfare and benefits. Why would one even thinks about reproducing when one cannot be sure about being able to provide at least a comfortable childhood to one’s children?

Pseudo left-wingers in Hong Kong keep on saying that it is basic human rights for people to emigrate to other countries to secure a better living for themselves and their children. However, they fail to answer (if not dodge) the question most Hong Kongers have: isn’t it our rights to ensure our livelihood not being jeopradiesed by having uncontrollable amount of immigrants?

In any country in the world, immigration policies, one way or the other, will clearly state that immigrants have to be able to support their living (either having sufficient assets or having a job secured). Also, new immigrants are not eligible to enjoy social benefits for a certain period. This is to discourage welfare leeches from taking advantages of the benefits provided by the tax payers. This is not discrimination, but to ensure the sustainability of the country and system, as well as preventing conflicts between the locals and the new immigrants (one of the means, of course).

I agree (so do many Hong Kongers) that regardless of nationality, immigrants should be welcomed to Hong Kong – after all, Hong Kong is a melting pot! It is an undeniable fact that, however, we must have have full control over our population. When Hong Kong is so crowded, is it really wise to have more immigrants (in fact like Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said “Hong Kong has no population limit”), particularly those with low (or no) skills?

Population policy is a foundation of every policies within a country. It is not about having more people, but to strike a balance and to ensure a healthy composition of labour force that can support a sustainable economy and society.

Over and out!

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Discrimination – a term being abused in HK and the importance of safeguarding Cantonese

Language is a key to not only civilisation, but also racial identity. It somehow put restrictions on the way you think.

As many know, Cantonese (UN recongised it as a language a while back) and English are the two official languages in Hong Kong. The majority of us speak both, mostly Cantonese in daily use. An interesting thing is, many Cantonese words used in Hong Kong (some in China use Cantonese, mainly in Guangdong) is derived directly from English. We also very often incorporate English words in our conversations too. Taxi drivers in Hong Kong can often speak a bit of English despite most of them have received very limited education.

So, as a newbie in Hong Kong, one would certainly be prepared to learn Cantonese – may not be fluent, but you should at least respect the local languages here.

If you are prepared to go to a local school, you will expect to be taught in Cantonese and English. That requires no explanation nor does it constitute any sort of discrimination.

Below are two clips with English subtitle:

Do you honestly think that using Cantonese for interviewing kindergartens in Hong Kong can be seen as discrimination? In universities, English is typically the language being used in lectures. Some courses, however, use Cantonese due to what is being taught at the course. If one choose to take up the Cantonese language lecture (there’s a Mandarin one, because there are too many Chinese studying in HK), could you blame the lecturer for using Cantonese as the medium of instruction? What I don’t understand is why did the university provide a Mandarin lecture specifically for Chinese students? It’s like an international student from France who study in the UK and he/she would naturally expect all lectures to be taught in English.

Discrimination is being used so very often in Hong Kong, particularly by the Chinese students and new immigrants. The thing is, many of the immigrants from China back in the days (early 40s to 60s), they only spoke their own dialects. They did, however, tried very hard to fit in and because they know if they didn’t fit in and learn the language, they would not be able to live in Hong Kong and find a job. This is simply logic. My parents, for example, were not aboriginal Hong Kongers. They also emigrated to Hong Kong decades ago (to flee from the Communists, of course). They never expected to not speak Cantonese and be able to survive in Hong Kong.

By having more and more Chinese immigrants who refuse to speak our language, Hong Kongers will become the minority and Cantonese will soon be lost. A language with thousands of years of history, yet has been modified over all these years. Cantonese in Hong Kong, in particular, changes rapidly – mainly due to the influence of British English and the colonial time.

One thing you’re probably not aware of if you do not read and write Cantonese, there are increasing number of terminologies have been changed into the Mandarin version, and are broadcast via TV channels (news and drama), radio channels, as well as newspapers. People are not aware of them if they’re not careful – 打造, for example, literally means “hit make”, is a term that’s been widely used in China. It is a newly created term to replace many words in Chinese languages, including ” 建造 (construct)”, “建設(build)”, “創造(create)”, etc.

This is a subtle change, but day by day, this kind of changes in use of word, replacement of terms will have tremendous impact to a race. Below is an abstract from the book 1984:

“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word, which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well – better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good,’ what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words – in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,” he added as an afterthought. (1.5.23, Syme)

As I said up front, language in a way constructs the way we think…

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.” (1.5.23, Syme)

Just leave this to you to think…

Over and out!

MUST READ: Country Parks – The Lifeline for Hong Kong

Country Parks – The Lifeline for Hong Kong.

A thorough piece about why the Hong Kong SAR government has been talking about “developing” country parks in Hong Kong.

There is a plan behind, the 12th 5-year plan: Greenway, essentially an infrastructure project, is what China government wants to do to Hong Kong, completely demolish the broader between Hong Kong and China, allowing the complete “integration”.

Badcanto has done a fabulous job on this. Why would anyone spent so much time (bear in mind all bloggers have a full time job) gathering information scattered around over the past few years? Please don’t dismiss this by labeling it as as “conspiracy theory”. I hope one day you will regret for remaining silent, and for siding with China in its plan to colonise Hong Kong.

Over and Out!

China’s Brutalises HK with the Tricks It Used in Tibet

You don’t believe that China is colonising Hong Kong? Take a look at the HK SAR Gov OFFICIAL STATISTICS:

  1. As of end of 2012, Hong Kong’s total population is 7.17 million
  2. According to Hong Kong SAR Government, between 1st July 1997 and 31st December 2012, total new immigrants from China (one-way permits) amounted to: 760,000
  3. Since 2003, HKSAR Government started to attract new immigrants via investments scheme. As of 31st March 2013, total number of immigration applicants via the investment scheme was 28,168 and 17,749 of them have been approved – the majority of them are from China
  4. The HKSAR Government launched the “Quality Migrant Admission Scheme” in 2006, and loosen the restriction on China students studying in Hong Kong. According to the Census and Statistics Department, as of end of 2012 the number of Chinese that entered Hong Kong but have not lived in Hong Kong for seven years (i.e. non permanent residents) via the “Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals” and “Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates” reached over 70,000 – and the number continues to raise

  5. According to the HKSAR Government’s press release issued on 20th February 2013, the Hospital Authority estimated that there are 150,000 anchor babies who were born in Hong Kong by their Chinese mothers (non Hong Kong residents) but living in various provinces including Guangdong. Over 17,000 students travel across the broader from China to study in Hong Kong every day. These numbers are growing on a monthly basis

  6. Over ONE MILLION of new immigrants from China are now living in Hong Kong and call themselves “new Hong Kongers” in a matter of 15, 16 years. Given that the local’s birth rate is low, the number of “new Hong Kongers” will quickly catch up with the number of “Hong Kongers”

Hong Kong SAR Government is not serving the people of Hong Kong/Hong Kongers – it is an organisation backed and handpicked by CCP. Their priority is to please China and their sole purpose is to assist China on executing all the plans they have. China wants to get rid of Hong Kongers, no doubt about it – why would a dictator, a tyranny want to have people that do not like itself and do not obey?

From V for Vendetta:

He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

Over and Out!

SHOCKING! Alpais Lam’s Incident Escalate – Death Threat!

Alpais Lam Wai-sze, an ordinary primary school teacher, received the letter below which basically says that Chinese communist party is great, and it is wrong to be anti-communist, and the pro-China/pro-communist groups are the only ones that can ensure Hong Kong is safe. This person even threaten Ms Lam that he/they will kill her. The letter included a crafting-knife blade.

This is death threat! Ms Lam will be reporting the case to the police (btw, the person/people who wrote this letter called them “POLISH”), but I guarantee you the HKSAR police will do absolutely nothing!

This is, to me, a clear political suppression and reminds me of the Cultural Revolution in China.

Some suggests that Ms Lam should seek political asylum, I am not sure if this will work, but what else can Ms Lam do?

This should not have happened, only because China took over Hong Kong and want to turn Hong Kong into part of Communist China. 1-country-2-system? Long gone. Autonomy? Long gone. Whoever trusts Chinese and the Communist are fools! The British should not have let the Communist get what they wanted…

Communist wants to set an example so NO ONE ELSE would dare to oppose China or say a word that is against China/Communist. This time it’s Ms Lam, but it could well be you and me soon. Just think about it…

People started the White House petition, which may sound absurd to you, but this needs to be taken to the international level. I hope you’ll sign the petition, purely because you think that freedom of speech is important and the Communist China has gone way too far…

I’m worry, not just about Ms Lam, but Hong Kong in general – my beautiful home…

Over and out…

Why Hong Kongers Feel So Strongly AGAINST Chinese/China?

For those who think Ms Alpais Lam was just a tiny incident that Hong Kongers overreacted and that Hong Kongers are nuts for fighting the communist and are jealous of Chinese for their wealth, please watch this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkQbMhEQ6y8&feature=youtu.be

Honestly, China’s encroaching or invasion or whatever you like to call it is only going to accelerate!

HKU Discriminates HKers and Favours Chinese

Hong Kong University completed its Residential Colleges on Lung Wah Street. The allocation of dormitory is a blatant discrimination against Hong Kong students. HKU have long been saying that they will resolve the problem of a shortage of dormitory space, but what the university has done is the complete opposite. The new residential colleges do not only reserve less dormitory space for local students in Hong Kong, the police even put students from China in a separate category, which means when it comes to allocating dormitory space, there are THREE categories: Hong Kong students, international students, and China students, with an aimed allocation ratio of 1:1:1. This is basically offering privilege to China students who should logically be grouped as “international students” (given that their parents do not pay tax to Hong Kong which is only fair that they are not eligible for the education that is funded by the Hong Kong SAR government at the same price as the local students). To make this worse, the university plans to reserve 50% of the dormitory space for post-graduate students: please bear in mind that 50% of post-graduate students in Hong Kong University are from China! HKU’s policies on dormitory allocation is complete and utterly biased and favours students from China and discriminate the local students!

It doesn’t end here! Hong Kong local students are NOT allowed to apply a space in this dormitory, but non-locals can.

Local university students in Hong Kong are clearly not the priorities to the local universities. Those who keep saying that those who are qualified to student their Masters and PhD, no matter where they come from should be allowed to study in Hong Kong. Hey, as far as I know, US and UK have policies to make sure that the locals get priorities – for example, international students have to secure better grades than the locals if they intend to study in the same university, international students have to pay substantially more tuition fees than the locals. This is not the same in Hong Kong!

One thing you need to know, students from China can stay in Hong Kong, after seven years, they can become Hong Kong citizens and get HKSAR passports yet still hold their China passports – people from any other countries can’t become HK citizens unless you go through the neutralisation process.

Sending the massive amount of immigrants isn’t quite enough. It’s not fast enough. By the time a “democratic election” is held (if China really want to prevent Occupy Central from happening, they’d better act quick), China needs to make sure that there will be a majority number of “Hong Kongers” who will “elect” the candidate they want to govern Hong Kong. Colonisation is already a nice way of describing what China’s doing to Hong Kong.

Playing the colonisation game, China’s the best! Look at Tibet! It’s in fact ethnic cleansing!

Only because we share similar complexion and hair colour with Chinese, doesn’t mean Hong Kongers are Chinese. Chinese always use this superficial and naive way of differentiating different races. In fact, they try to blur the difference between ethnicity and national, and often tell Hongkies off for not “agreeing” that we are Chinese. Well, again, they should really go tell Japanese and Korean that they are Chinese too!

Over and out!