Mall delivers some thoughts on the subjects of drugs and triads

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 February, 2010, 12:00am

Upmarket retail chain G.O.D. got into trouble with the law for less a while ago, so we better not let police chief Tang King-shing know about this latest provocation. The man, well-known for his often quixotic interpretation of the law, tends to get excited about these things., the internet shopping hub, has been selling T-shirts that, God forbid, appear to promote drugs and triads.

There are white T-shirts that carry a photo of a bottle of cough syrup or a bag of cannabis. The ad says the subject targets the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, so there is no mistaking the intention. There are also black T-shirts with a gun, a jagged knife or a butcher's knife printed on them. Their promo cites the Societies Ordinance, which outlaws the joining of, and recruitment for, triads and the display of triad paraphernalia. Naughty, naughty!

In late 2007, police arrested 18 people - including owner Douglas Young - from G.O.D. for selling T-shirts and postcards printed with the Chinese characters for 14K, the name of a major triad group. Charges were eventually dropped but that did not stop arts critics from noticing Tang's rather literal interpretation of the law.

We wish Mall852 better luck this time.