For elected rebels, education starts now

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 27 Nov 2019

People who lean to the blue side were shocked by Monday's election results - but cheered up yesterday at the thought of young rebels doing district council duties.

The job will be an excellent education.

"It's hard work," said Joyce Chan. "Chanting slogans won't satisfy the residents."

Peter Bentley agreed. "It's not about shouting 'liberation of our time' at meetings."

They'll have to get MTR stations back in shape, repair wrecked pavements, and protect their local Maxim's.

And if black-clad vandals arrive? Peter hoped the "new councillors will gallantly stand outside the MTR stations and plead for peace."

But that won't be the worst aspect of the job.

"District council meetings are the worst," said reader Keith McNab, who has endured several. "The councillors have the most mind-numbingly boring job I can imagine. It won't be as exciting as rampaging through the streets."

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Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government announced that it plans to import an Irish theater show in January called Shh! We Have a Plan.

When I saw the title on the press release I hoped it was a speech from Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's office, but I guess that was too much to hope for.

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The banner for Sai Kung candidate Chris Cheung Mei-hung promised a speedy train link to the North Pole. He won his district, so let's see if voters hold him to his promise. Before Christmas, please.

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One of the top prizes at the recent international tech contest in Vietnam went to VAR Live, a Hong Kong firm that organizes virtual reality games in Lai Chi Kok. For a small fee, you can dress up in dark camouflage gear and run around creating havoc.

Or of course in recent weeks you could have just gone to Chinese University or Mong Kok and done the same thing for nothing.

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Speaking of Mong Kok, government organizers decided to cancel the Catering Industry Safety Award event scheduled to be held there yesterday. It would have been too ironic if trouble broke out and people had to dodge bricks or petrol bombs on their way home from receiving a safety prize.

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Commerce secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah arrived in Malaysia on Monday and made a speech celebrating the flow of goods between our city and that country.

By an unfortunate coincidence, customs officers at Chek Lap Kok airport the same afternoon seized a record-breaking shipment of illegal drugs from Malaysia.

Next time Yau may wish to be more specific.

He also met with Bai Tian, China's man in Malaysia - and possessor of one of the best job titles on the planet: "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary." Sounds a bit better than "District Councillor for South Lupsup".

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Hong Kong film director Yonfan appeared at a film festival in France yesterday. His movie, called No 7, Cherry Lane, has been celebrated around the world, but isn't being shown in Hong Kong. Cinema owners fear the themes (the 1967 riots, a youth losing a dispute with an older person) may get their premises "renovated."

Another job for our new district councillors: organize a peaceful screening in Hong Kong.

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It seems people these days operate by a firm principle: "I will endure any hardship or danger for the things I believe in, as long as it isn't hard or boring or uncool."

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