This covid-hit sector gets no sympathy

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 27 Nov 2020

Oops! Men using a popular brothel in Hong Kong had a bad weekend. First, they found most of the 200 studios at the King Hing Building in Mong Kok closed.

Then, after using the few rooms still offering a service, they found a surprise when they tried to slip away.

Police waiting at the door wanted all their details in case a covid cluster develops. Officers fired questions at more than 40 men, the Dimsum Daily website reported. Imagine the conversations.

POLICE: "Full name?"

CUSTOMER: "Can you just write down John?"

If I was an officer there, I would have added an extra question: "Wife's name, number and level of patience?"

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Hong Kong's legal sector is proud of its famously high standards - so there was dismay at the news that Boris Johnson's government may order Hong Kong's nine British judges to withdraw. A legal man who did not want his name printed summed up the process yesterday: "This is the methodology of Western governments dealing with Hong Kong: 1) Damage the 'one country, two systems' policy; 2) Blame the victim."

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Satisfaction guaranteed? Nope. Not at the pictured massage center in Tin Hau, where customers are advised that users are only "Often Satisfied."

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An Australian flight attendant astonished health officials when she arrived in Sydney and said she had been vaccinated against covid.

Huh? But there are no vaccines yet, they replied.

Rochelle Crossley explained that a covid vaccine from China's Sinopharm company was at final testing stage at her previous destination, the United Arab Emirates, so she'd signed up and taken it. Way ahead.

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The extreme bias of mainstream journalists can be funny to watch. A reporter working for America's PBS station was interviewed yesterday on TV about the forthcoming Biden era. She said: "It felt like we are being rescued from the craziness we've lived through for the past four years and now here are the superheroes to come and save us all."

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Meanwhile, Canadian journalist Jeremy Nuttall was this week told that China had almost wiped out illiteracy. But he did his job and twisted the news to make it sound negative. "A big part of the push for literacy was so they could read propaganda," the Toronto Star reporter tweeted on Wednesday. You can't make this stuff up.

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The US has successfully forced many countries to ban Huawei phones. Pakistan influencer Sameera Khan was dripping with irony when she said this week: "I would like to buy a Huawei phone instead of an iPhone, but I can't, as I live in a very free and democratic country."

And I live in Hong Kong, which I keep reading is a place where a totalitarian regime has removed all freedoms, but I can buy any phone I like.

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Australian politician Ben Wyatt had a dig yesterday at the non-stop attacks on China in his country, local papers reported: "China's not perfect, but who is?"

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Hong Kong students' eyes were as wide as saucers yesterday when they read that fresh graduates will be paid between HK$18,000 and HK$26,000 a month in the Greater Bay Area. The ones I know in Hong Kong get HK$13,000 to HK$17,000.

But Dear Leader Carrie Lam forgot to mention the biggest draw: over the border you get TikTok.

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