Monday, 29 April 2013

Clean Sweep

If officials with new brooms isn't a publicity stunt, what is it?
We cannot help but be amused by the publicity stunt by senior Hong Kong officials wanting to demonstrate they are serious about cleaning up the city.

The government just finished its three-day clean-up campaign called "Hong Kong: Our Home", where they wore white polo shirts with the Hong Kong logo on it, donned black rubber gloves and new rags to clean up parts of the city.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor cleaned the railings at the Tai Po wet market and then wandered around the stalls, handing out packets of cleaning materials, such as wet wipes and tissues, and told vendors to keep their stalls clean, particularly the ones handling poultry.

However, they were more concerned about how the government was going to help them financially because since H7N9 broke out, sales of chickens have plunged and they are running at a loss. She didn't have any answers for that.

Secretary for Financial Services & Treasury Prof KC Chan cleans up
And then yesterday Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made a surprise appearance and got down and dirty in Shek Tong Tsui market with Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. They wiped down a recyclables collection box to raise awareness of hygiene.

"This is not a political show," Leung said. "It is for the need to raise public awareness of keeping clean, in line with what the government is doing to prevent any outbreak of bird flu."

But apparently they weren't really cleaning it -- a team of government cleaners had already gone through the market's bins, seats and staircase railings.

One can only shake their head and wonder when the Hong Kong government is going to earnestly tackle serious issues when even cleaning a garbage bin is all for show...

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