Bleeding territory dry
I REFER to the letter headlined 'Undoing all the good work' from Monika Parker (South China Morning Post, December 6).
While I share her concern about the future of Hong Kong, I am not surprised at the British Government's attitude towards the territory as the countdown to D-day continues. History is just repeating itself.
Good question Ms Parker, 'Does anyone care?' Well, the cow has been milked to the last drop. Now, who cares what happens to the body or the skeleton of the animal. It doesn't stop at landfill, reclamation and pollutants.
Amazing facts have 'surprisingly' surfaced. All of a sudden the Government realises how expensive it is to maintain expatriates (well, no more QE2 trips can be afforded, because the deserving ones have already had a go).
Golden handshakes are over. Holiday homes in the countryside, a couple of luxurious apartments in the city, a nice beach house and several other retirement facilities have all been provided to officials.
The Government has indeed taken very good care of all the officials who have been 'sacked' due to localisation.
A hole in the economy has been noticed. But that doesn't stop the Government deciding on billion-dollar projects like the new airport, slope repairs, reclamation and so on because someone has to oversee the bleeding to death.
Wait and see Ms Parker, there is more to come.
The historic policies of divide and rule, drain the wealth and a few more have just begun to take effect.
Oh yes! Chris Patten is fighting for Hong Kong people's rights. Do local people need any more eye openers? K RAJ Taikoo Shing