In the last days, the trump shall sound

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 29 May 2020

A former Hong Kong resident went shopping in the Malaysian city of Selangor. When he reached the door of the supermarket, he was told he could not enter unless he had "the mark," which turned out to be a QR code. He was denied entry.

Meanwhile, his wife went to the bank and was also asked for "the mark" before she could enter.

All this reminded him of something - and when he got home, he found it. The Bible's Book of Revelation, chapter 13, says: "And no one could buy or sell anything without the mark."

"It's supposedly a sign of the end times," he said.

I think even my atheist buddies may be tempted to agree with that conclusion.

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Why is Britain complaining so much about the Basic Law's Article 23? Um, guys: you wrote it.

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A prayer for the well-being of medical staff during the crisis was posted by a church, I was told yesterday by reader Stephen Durie, a Macau priest. "And Facebook tagged it as 'partly false information!'" No respect.

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Wednesday's edition of this column, posted on Facebook, annoyed one person so much that he got the social media company to remove the post and ban this writer for 24 hours. The man's attempt at censorship seems to have backfired - 400 curious people added themselves to this writer's followers list with many clamoring to see the column. Thanks!

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Opposition politician Ted Hui Chi-fung threw a large, rotten plant into the Legislative Council chamber to cause a horrible stink and get a meeting canceled yesterday. What a perfect metaphor for his contribution to Hong Kong life.

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Exciting news! The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is launching a series of online shows for Hong Kong children from today, called the WeWeWebWeb Carnival. It's online, so I understand the "WebWeb" part of the name, but what does "WeWe" refer to?

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Trump fanboy Joshua Wong Chi-fung said he approved of the US government's threats to hit the endlessly suffering Hong Kong people with trade sanctions yesterday.

One of the protest slogans last year was: "Boycott shopping, destroy the economy." It amazes me that some people overseas still think he speaks for all the people of Hong Kong.

Boycott shopping? You should never insult a community's religion.

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A Hong Kong Indian import-export man complained about the way our beloved city is being harmed by the trade war between the US and China. "I have loved football all my life and have played forward, wing positions and goalie," he said. "But this is the first time I have experienced being the football."

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Many homeowners in Hong Kong are refusing to allow homebuyers to see their properties because of virus fears. Midland Realty is trying to bridge the gap by taking 360-degree cameras into the homes for sale and giving clients virtual tours.

Or they could just look for mainland Chinese buyers. Three such clients bought luxury apartments sight unseen in Singapore this month, Bloomberg reported. Talking of the Lion City, a quote about Singapore in Wednesday's column should have been attributed to Nicholas Pang, not Ong Iu Jin. Sorry.

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Dear America, Western liberal democracy is very nice and all that, but shouldn't it be optional? Best wishes, Asia.

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