Saturday, 25 April 2015

Quote of the Day: Leave Like Rats

Crowds of protesters greet the electoral reform bus that quickly drives off
Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is not having the easiest time trying to sell the electoral reform package she announced earlier this week. And today was no different.

Kennedy Town is usually laid back, but earlier this afternoon, the district was crawling with police, who put up barricades along the normally open sidewalk along Forbes Street at the MTR station.

It was in the morning that I found out Lam would be making a trip to the neighbourhood and it seemed like there would be tension. Even the police were anticipating it, with one officer carrying a backpack with banners rolled up, instructing the crowd not to rush forward...

Lam, along with Secretary for Security Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah sat on the upper deck of a double-decker bus.

They waved to people, but when the bus arrived in Kennedy Town around 2.45pm, media reported complete chaos, so much so that the bus didn't stop and drove off.

Jack Chan Hon-ting, a 30-year-old resident of Kennedy Town summed it up: "I clearly saw them coming in and leave like rats in three seconds. I couldn't even see the faces clearly. [Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying said community outreach was an 'easy job' -- he is right in this sense."


But he's right.

Others wondered if Tsang was testing out his food truck idea and handing out food to people -- as that might help them win support for the electoral reform package -- through their stomachs.

And even though other senior officials like Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam Chi-yuen and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man also came along for the ride, the tour was not well received in Kennedy Town...

Perhaps it's time to go back to the drawing board?

1 comment:

  1. Think it's safe to say that the HKSAR government has misjudged the sentiments of the public -- just like they appear to have done so for some time now...