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PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 3:02am

Baby formula plea to US is infantile

First they waved the British colonial flags. Now some are petitioning the White House to help resolve the baby formula shortage. Why don't these people just formally ask the Brits or Americans to colonise us and get it over with?

Perhaps we really have reached the status of dire-straits countries like Haiti, where there was serious talk of Western "supervision" after a massive earthquake struck in 2010. Or have we really?

A group of Hong Kong busybodies has appealed for help from US President Barack Obama to get infant formula supplies, in a petition signed by more than 8,650 people so far. Probably few are real mothers, who would be too busy taking care of their children to file silly and time-wasting appeals.

"Local parents in Hong Kong can hardly buy baby formula milk powder in drugstores and supermarkets, as smugglers from mainland China storm to this tiny city to buy milk powder and resell it for huge profits in China," the petition reads on the White House website. "We request international support and assistance as babies in Hong Kong will face malnutrition very soon."

No doubt the US president will now dispatch a navy carrier to ship over a few tonnes of baby powder to help the starving children here, and send in the marines to patrol our borders.

This "appeal" is not only pathetic and grotesque, but offensive. There will be those who justify their inane behaviour as expressing grievances, real or imagined, against Beijing and the Hong Kong government. But really, an average of 21,000 children under the age of five die every day around the world, according to UN estimates, mainly from hunger and REAL malnutrition. There are many children who really do need help from rich nations like the US but they are not from here.

We are a rich city. Even if you complain about widening inequalities, our low-income households are not living in subsistence. Those who made the appeal are pampered people who don't appreciate what they have. There are first-world cities that would die to have our low-crime rate, de facto universal health care, mass transport systems that run on time, good roads, and other cheap and efficient public services. The formula shortage is a short-term problem, not a crisis.

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wwong888
50 cents just deposited in your account. Keep up the good work. Both you are Alex are being considered for CPCC nominations next cycle.
chaz_hen
I think Jackie Chan seconds the nominations....
johnrai7
These days CCCP planning to save from extravaganzas, includes the live clown show, its understood why our home grown Jackie is nominated. Lets be proud of ourselves... Lets wish Jackie good luck and encourage him that he will please his bosses well.
calyth
Come on guys. Are we seeing ourselves in HK anywhere close to those starving to death in many other parts of the world? Or anytime for any issue we would like to pick a fight with the Chinese government no matter how local the matter is, we have to take all means to stage it as a global issue to achieve our ends? The smuggling has to be stopped. But getting the white house to involve saying the infants in HK will face malnutrition soon? It is not even a tasteless joke but a sarcastic label telling the world that these guys are nuts! The saddest part is there are thousands stepping up to put on that badge. Seriously, I found the lady being caught on camera whining and rolling at the airport to catch a flight more to be felt for. No one says that it is not an issue. Look at the camera guys!
pslhk
AL’s articles of today and yesterday are related
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Why are pandemic flus named after origins
and financial crisis after scale?
Why such a rouse from Alex’s suggestion of a new taxonomical basis?
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According to Artline 500 (31JAN 11:52am)
“It's global because everyone's banking reserves are parked mostly in US debt. “
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West = World
US = Global
It’s so Columbus
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HK being part of globe which is US
That’s why some Hkers frogleap CYL to BO
Too bad, BO isn’t considering US passports for Hkers;
not even visa free entry
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Naive Hkers demand BO’s service
without paying US tax
Caveat for Li KS and Lee SK and the Kwoks and …
If these Hkers get near you, they’d pass to you their problems
call you father and demand favors
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BTW,
I’ve at home what F Nightingale allegedly kept in her pocket
It’s named BO - Baby O which seems more capable
It won’t tolerate flies resting on its face.
mercedes2233
There will be loopholes in any article, but I do agree with Mr Lo that asking the US to help with milk powder situation in HK is ridiculous. We are a world-class city and can resolve our own problems, maybe not by yesterday.
wwong888
Mr. Lo is deputy news editor of SCMP. They just replaced the chief editor with someone pro Beijing. Its probably just the case that Mr. Lo got the marching orders from the Kuok family to tow the line and be more pro Beijing. Kuok's businesses in China have been struggling (soy crushing, hotels), therefore, he probably needs to do the govn't a favor by turning down the criticism at the SCMP. Don't blame Mr. Lo - he just wants to keep his job, so he has to pump this garbage out.
scmpbeijing1
Maybe Mr. Lo would like to explain why there's a baby formula crisis? Or would that point an excusing fingering at his friends across the border? Lo seems quick to criticize the West, but is reluctant to say anything about China. This is the real problem here.
rpasea
"We are a rich city. Even if you complain about widening inequalities, our low-income households are not living in subsistence."
Go visit a few cage home dwellers to see if this assertion is true.

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