New Free-to-Air TV License – A Short Commentary

Tonight is probably the first ever time that the people of Hong Kong has achieved a Facebook record.

Over 160,000 “Likes” were recorded less than FIVE HOURS after the page the Support HKTV was created on Facebook when the HKSAR Government announced that two new licenses are issued to Now TV and iCable. The application submitted by HKTV, founded by Ricky Wong, was denied.

The HKSAR Government refused to give any explanation on why the license was not issued to HKTV despite it was the first to apply amongst the three companies and that the company has already produced a number of dramas (HKTV promised not to have a news channel). Over a billion USD has been invested by the founder of HKTV, and the HKSAR Government granted HKTV a plot of land to establish its filming and broadcasting facilities years ago. It is awkward for the government to encourage HKTV to invest and continue to invest in a new TV channel but denied its application after years of waiting (and during these years, the channel has not stopped to produce programmes that trailers and episodes have received public support).

Going through old news and information available, it seems that the reason is clear despite the fact that the government refused to give an explanation…

In 2008, Ricky Wong joint ATV (a local TV channel infamous for its blinded pro-China and communist stance) and declared that he’d undergo a major reform: “ATV is not going to be CCTV’s Channel 10” and “ATV will not rely on advertisements placed by Chinese companies”. He was later on “resigned” from his position because of controversial comments he made.

This (not backing CCP/China) is something that surely would upset China, and it is in CCP’s nature not to forgive. So naturally, the HKSAR (aka HKSARCCP) Government would be told/informed/warned that a free-to-air TV license must not be issued to Ricky Wong, an “anti-revolutionary”! They want to get rid of him for good, so lured him to invest and it is possible that he would go bankrupt and HKTV will be gone – the set up of HKTV have essentially broke TVB’s monopoly (let’s face it, no one watches ATV really), actors left TVB because of the unfair and harsh contract terms (e.g. not allowed to speak Cantonese in any broadcasting channels even though many actors don’t speak Mandarin) – they stayed purely because there are no other options in the market.

For years, TVB and ATV are being accused of reporting news that are often taken out of context or sometimes have misleading/incorrect information. ATV, particularly, for its appalling productions (there aren’t many really), have been asked to close down for years – they broadcast the same programme over and over again for years, and repeat the same programmes within the same week. By controlling the media, the HKSAR Government essentially controls the way people think.

This is just a brief view on this news. Let’s see how this unfold.

Over and out!

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!

Primary School Exercise – Can You Answer Them?

Alpais Lam Wai-sze, a primary school teacher, who has been under the spotlight for months because she defended the rights for peaceful demonstration by Fa Lung Gong people, has become the subject of primary school exercise materials.

This is what the above exercise says:

A female teacher, Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze used foul language at police and caused a series of storms.

Questions:

  1. Do you think as a human being, is it correct to swear? Why?
  2. Do you think Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze insulted the police with foul language was appropriate? Why?
  3. Do you think Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze should be penalised by the school she teaches at? Why?
  4. Do you think Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze should resign from her teaching position? Why?
  5. Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze has already apologised, but the storm continues. What do you think can end this incident?
  6. What have you learnt from this incident?

This is an exercise produced by Alliance Primary School, Tai Hang Tung for its primary four students.

I honestly don’t think a 9 or 10 years old kid would have sufficient knowledge to answer these questions… But this is not the point! These questions all seem to have some sort of “agenda”! Why would this school what students to focus and dwell on this incident? Also, all these questions are based on one fact and disregard EVERYTHING ELSE. These questions should be a less biased and lay out facts rather than offering one tiny little bit of the matter and start escalating it to a “swear words” is something that human beings should not say!

Parents in Hong Kong have no guts to challenge the school for this kind of exercise, as they worry that the teachers will “black list” their children, affecting their children’s grades.

COME ON! Power of the people! If all the parents stand firm and tell the school that this is unacceptable, I bet the school would back down. But NO! This is the fundamental problem of Hong Kongers. Seriously, GROW A PAIR! You can’t rely on others to stick it up for you forever!!

I’m so disappointed in the people of Hong Kong! Speak up and try to defend yourselves and your children, for goodness’ sake! We should not be timid by the so called power or authorities.

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!

Kowloon City – the Next Tsim Sha Tsui/Causeway Bay?

Financial Secretary, John Tsang said in his blog post (is that the only way the HKSAR government know how to communicate with the people?) that the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (a white elephant BIG time!) will bring about a lot of tourists and business to the surrounding area and the eateries in Kowloon City are very important in terms of attracting more tourists!

He said that Kowloon City should turn itself into a “Town of Delicacy” and should learn from Lan Kwai Fong’s success in promoting it as an attraction of Hong Kong.

The restaurants in Kowloon City are a great mix! You can enjoy Islam food, Thai cuisines, Hunan spicy meal, or anything you can think of, and end your feast with a uniquely Hong Kong desert – Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo, or if you dare durian pancake!

BUT what does John Tsang really mean? Did he mean knocking down all the old buildings (great for photos!) which were limited in height as our old airport was right in the middle of Kowloon City? Did he mean turning all these independent local eateries into chain restaurants where by characters will be completely lost and leave our Kowloon City with vibrant colour a soulless town just like Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay where by you can find no restaurant but those chains that are not only soulless but charge you obscene amount of money with a tinny portion that barely fills a 5-year-old’s stomach?

I always love going to local independent eateries. The fun part is ordering your food! Watch the waiter scribbling down the names of the dishes in the most unusual calligraphic style (or shorthand) on a piece of paper which will be sent to the kitchen is just so very charming in its own way! In a chain? You order something, the waiter write down a bunch of meaningless numbers on the order form (or ask you to tick the boxes on the order form, as most chains do) and punch your order into the computer, and a soulless piece of paper gets ejected out from the machine…

You just can’t beat the human touch of these little shops and restaurants!

Another thing is, once chain restaurants started to open in Kowloon City, you are guaranteed to see chain cosmetic shops, chemists, chain jewelry shops, luxurious accessories shops crowding over. Little independent shops and restaurants will be forced out as these chains and international brands can pay rent that no one can afford. There is no doubt that in five years time Kowloon City will be just another Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay. New statistic shows that there are MORE jewelry shop than convenient stores in Causeway Bay! That’s single-industry economy for you!

The HKSAR Government is working tirelessly to kill off all the non-China-focused services and businesses. Walk down the street in those tourists areas, nothing is meant for the people of Hong Kong nor any tourists in the world but Chinese “tourists”! At the moment, tourism contributes no more than 4% to our GDP, but by converting each and every inch of Hong Kong into “China Focused Service Zones”, Hong Kong will truly become complete and utterly reliant on China, especially the tourists from China. Then what’s going to happen? The so call “truth” nowadays (i.e. “If it wasn’t for China [to look after Hong Kong], Hong Kong would have been long dead”), will really be the truth!

The HKSAR government does not service the people of Hong Kong, they are appointed by China to serve China and the people of China. All policies favour and are meant to please China! You and I are no different in this particular context: we are the minority and are being discriminated by the HKSAR government – as long as you are not Chinese you are on the same boat with the Hong Kongers with yellow faces – Yup, by Chinese I mean those who’re from China (they never think that Hong Kongres are Chinese anyway, unless Chinese need Hong Kong for example when there’s a flood or earthquake).

Third line: Write your posts in Tibetan! Idiot!
Fourth line: Why use Chinese (language)? Speaking Chinese (language) and writing Chinese (language), (to) crticise China, you are a stupid XXXX!

Source: Free Tibet

BTW, please respect us Hong Kongers. Just like we won’t look at an American or Aussie and say “you were English too!”: Please Stop pointing at Hong Kongers and call them Chinese, it is an insult!

Over and Out!

No More Chinese Barbarians

Chip Tsao’s recent piece titled “Declare War on Barbarians” sums it all up: why Hong Kongers should stop “tolerating” the so-called cultural difference the Chinese keep claiming…

Behaviours that disturb the public… parents clamoring and assisting their offspring defecate in shopping malls, is not “culture”. There is no such culture call “queue-jumping culture” and “shouting culture” does not exist either. These are absence of “culture” and barbaric behaviours. From now on, we are done with tolerating, we should continue to “discriminate”. The civilised world and the people living in civilisation should declare war on Barbarians!

I can’t agree with him more. Those who try to defend the Chinese when Hong Kongers condemn their “uncivilised” behaviours (defecating in public, queue-jumping, etc) always say “Chinese were brought up in a different cultural environment” and that “Hong Kongers should understand, accept and tolerate the cultural differences”.

These are hardly culture, in a nut shell, they are just not a civilised bunch (I didn’t mean all Hong Kongers are gentlemen and ladies, and many of them are far from it). If they listen to criticism and are willing to change, I believe the whole world would not detest Chinese tourists and immigrants! Why is it ok for them to disregard social norms and civilised behaviours? Why people around the world try to correct them get told off and labelled as “discriminate Chinese”?

Coloured skill does not grant you the jail free card for everything you do, I am most aware of this – I’m a Hong Konger after all. Do Chinese simply don’t understand that it is bad do anything they please and disrespect other countries’ rules/laws/norms? I don’t think so. They want to show the world that (because they’ve been suffering for so many years and suppressed by the CCP regime) they are wealthy and rich and wealthy and rich and wealthy and rich and wealthy… Money is the only value they have, and by behaving like Barbarians, they can (a) highlight the fact that they are Chinese (but now spending money in YOUR land); (b) there’s nothing you can do (because they’re spending money to BUILD you economy); (c) no one dares to upset the Chinese government by banning Chinese tourists (because they have money and they control the world); (d) the world owes the Chinese (but now they are rich and wealthy so the world needs Chinese).

It only takes one thing: the whole world stand up against this sick mentality and turn around to BUILD THEIR OWN ECONOMIES and stop bending over backwards to China for the short term gain. It is tough, but no economy can strive for eternity. Adjustments are essential, what goes up comes down! Once you grow a pair and realise the fact that China is going down, those behaviours will no longer be tolerated (shouldn’t have been at the first place). Hopefully, Chinese will eventually stop being pricks and misbehaving.

Chinese love using the word “discriminate”. Whenever they do not have the upper hand or when they know they’re in the wrong, they will turn around and blame you for discriminating them. Hong Kongers have a saying “if it’s head, you win; if it’s tail, I lose” – this is exactly it.

Over and out!

One Cross-Boarder Marriage Brings A Whole Village of Chinese to Hong Kong

Hong Kong Autonomy Movement illustrated how ONE Hong Kong man’s cross-boarder marriage can “boost” Hong Kong’s population (new immigrants from China). Soon enough, there will be more Chinese than Hong Kongers in Hong Kong!

Thank them so much for all the details. Now let’s look at this TRUE STORY – Mr A lives in Tin Shui Wai

(1) Mr A is a Hong Kong citizen. After he married Ms B from China, she applied for a One-Way Permit using “family reunion” as her reason. She had to wait for a few years before she moved to Hong Kong. Ms B gave birth to a baby girl in China before she moved to Hong Kong. Mr A successfully applied for his wife and daughter to move to Hong Kong. Result: 1 HK citizen+ 2 Chinese

(2) Ms B divorced Mr A after she moved to Hong Kong and met Mr C who is not a Hong Kong citizen (and he’s from the same province in China of Ms B). Mr C is divorced for many years and has a son who was born in China. Ms B successfully applied for Mr C and his son to move to Hong Kong as she claimed that they are her dependents. Result: 1 HK (new) citizen (Ms B) + 2 Chinese (Mr C and his son)

(3) Years later, Ms B has been a Hong Kong permanent resident for years, she applied for her mother to move to Hong Kong. Since her mother is above 65 years old, she did not have to wait and can immigrate to Hong Kong immediately. Result: 1 HK (new) citizen (Ms B) + 1 Chinese (Ms B’s mother)

(4) After three One-Way permit applications, one Hong Kong citizen (Mr A) brings FIVE Chinese citizens to immigrate to Hong Kong – all because of one cross-boarder marriage. In addition to the above formula, Mr C, Mr C’s son and Ms B can also help their other relatives in China to apply for One-Way Permit in the names of family reunion. Mr C’s 65+ year-old parents (2 Chinese), Mr C’s son can apply his birth mother to move to Hong Kong after he is 18 years old (1 Chinese), Ms B’s mother can also apply her children to move to Hong Kong (as many as she pleases), and these children of hers can apply for their spouses and children to move to Hong Kong. And so on.

 

 

A simple formula: “marriage, divorce, re-marry” can bring in FIVE Chinese to Hong Kong as “new immigrants”. Hong Kong’s immigration policy is completely ridiculous! Once the new immigrants obtain their permanent residencies, they can apply for their relatives to move to Hong Kong for “family reunion”. Theoretically, there is no limit in terms of how many Chinese can move to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has essentially leave its front door WIDE OPEN for Chinese to move in as they please.

How about other countries in the world?

Japan: A foreign man marries a Japanese woman, he cannot apply for citizenship; if a foreign woman marries a Japanese man, she can apply for citizenship. However, when she is neutralised, her relatives cannot apply for Japan citizenship.

Singapore: Similar to Japan. Men cannot marry Singaporean women to obtain Singapore citizenship, this is to prevent people getting divorce and marry a local to get citizenship of the country.

Taiwan: After living in Taiwan for over 10 years plus other conditions are fulfilled, a Taiwan citizen can apply for their spouse to move to Taiwan. This spouse will be granted conditional temporary residency. If they divorce within a certain period of time, the conditional residency will be voided. A spouse of a Taiwan citizen cannot apply his/her relatives to move to Taiwan unless he/she has been living in Taiwan legally for over 10 years.

US: Citizens have to prove that they have been paying tax before they can apply their relatives to move to the US. If the applicants are elderly, they will not be able to enjoy social benefits at the beginning – the US citizen who applies an elderly to move to the US will have to bear all the expenses of the elderly. As for spouses of US citizens who move to the US, until they begin to pay tax, they will not be able to enjoy any social security or unemployment benefits. If one divorces their spouse who is a US citizen, he/she re-marry, he/she will have to pay tax for several years before applying for the spouse to move to the US. All to prevent any exploitation of the system.

 

Now let’s look at Macau and China:

Macau: a Macau permanent resident who wants to apply his/her spouse to move to Macau, the spouse has to live in Macau for seven years before obtaining permanent residency. If the spouse divorce the Macau permanent resident, his/her residency will be invalid immediately.

China: anyone from any nation marrying a Chinese citizen, he/she cannot obtain Chinese citizenship, including people from Hong Kong and Macau.

 

Now you can see the loophole, right? Some may say that applying relatives to move to the country one reside is basic human rights, but the system in Hong Kong is not comprehensive enough to make sure that there is a certain limitation to prevent people from exploiting it! Human rights is one thing, but a throughout population policy is also necessary. By simply revising the existing immigration law to seal the loophole or at least make it more difficult for people to exploit it, this massive uncontrollable influx of new immigrants from China can then be “relieved”.

“Zero quota for anchor baby” (as called by CY Leung) is useless unless immigration policy is amended.

Over and out!