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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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The petition is no more than a joke, silly though it may seem. It is quite baffling that, a mere 16 years after 1997, so many people in Hong Kong have become so lacking in humour.
Are you sure it's a joke? Are imbeciles (average IQ 80) -- zombies demonstrating and chanting slogans day in and day out in our streets -- actually clever enough to foist a good joke on us Hong Kongers with an average IQ of 100?
I am afraid I fail to see your sense of humor.
what is your IQ whymak?
Another propaganda from the government that we are a rich and good city? With coffin home, polluted air, expensive housing, nothing really to play with as we have only few golf course, no race track, little culture, terrible food too as all small shops are closing down quickly due to hi rent..boring city....when I went to parking shop and Citysuper I truly felt the city is short of choices! I can't get many things I need in these high end shop plus zero service! Every 5 star hotels I went to I have to waive the server to get me drink, I tried to weight a turkey in Citysuper as the sticker was lost but they told me was a difficult task after talking to 10 staff! Oh they killed my live lobster by wrapping with plastic wrap and told me no one ever complained! It is almost impossible to get a good choice of organic stuff here. Service and quality of HK has gone downhill so badly in the past few yrs pls stop being complacent as I think many of u are...my 2 cents.
Is this what the editorial section of SCMP is reduced to? Ripping off comments from your readers and then republishing it as an opinion article?
In my comment posted on 31 Jan 2013 here (****www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1139696/hongkongers-appeal-barack-obama-over-baby-formula-shortage?comment-sort=recommended#comments):
- I suggested the petition was one of "first world problems"
- I suggested that the petition was a cry against the HK and PRC government
- I suggested that the issue of malnutrition and formula shortage was greatly exaggerated
- I sarcastically said that the US would use aircraft carriers loaded with formula
- I sarcastically suggested that the US would patrol our borders
Dear ohyeahar,
I have been accused of many things, usually by people who disagree with me. Stealing a reader's ideas is a new one, though. Let me assure you I have not read your post, even now. I claim no exceptional insight but I gather you at least agree with me on this topic.
Alex Lo
Who knows... its not first time :), anyways hope the formula problem is short-term as you say coz I don't see any real solution coming by.
If tv news are believable
at least two major brands guarantee
12 and 6 months supplies to club members
Powder shortages and white house petitions
are a farce of the retarded
looking for every opportunity
to attract BO’s attention
Clear evidence of brainwashing
Uncle Sam is Mr Thoroughgood and omnipotent
A job for scholarism
Where are the brats?
School places allocation in the border region
seems like a more realistic problem
Cry-baby parents,
this is the next issue to get BO attention
Nothing is more flattering
Than idiots' criticisms
The more of that one gets
The more one is assured to be on the right track
Thank you idiots
Please keep them coming.
get CY's c-ck out of your mouth and get a job you imbecile
Yellow Eight Egg
My current part time job is to spend some of the money I’ve earned
thus giving those still struggling a better chance to make some money.
Making it full time may be unfair and inconsiderate
It includes, among others, traveling, reading, entertaining friends
with, among others, stories about my attempts to enlighten foul mouth idiots
and teaching myopics not to be jealous.
so you are considering sucking c-ck full time?
pslhk, I doubt if there isn't another hidden agenda of yours: torturing a rabid hound with a loud bark and ferocious bite.
Dai Muff
psihk, You should refund half of that 50 cents.
You remind me of Hitler. But sorry CCCP has enough of moron like you :) to be nominated from HK.Why don't you take a boat to Diayu/Senkaku and start a new life :D
i second that. this pslhk person serious s-cks donkey balls.
keep this up alex and you will get a CCCP nomination!
Comon Alex, give a break... don't be so serious... this is a satirical form of protest :D. When ppl. especially the mothers with baby have no baby food to buy and some cant afford as the price getting hiked everytime. I wish u had a baby and would love to see u PANIC. Why Dont you ask the Govt. to act ASAP rather being satirical to HK moms/fathers, then its worth to appreciate your article here.
A bit of breast feeding of babies would help. That's what nature intended.
Or is the real problem that Hong Kong residents who are parallel ,don't like the competition from Mainland traders?
"This "appeal" (to the US president) is not only pathetic and grotesque, but offensive."
Hold it right there, Mr. Lo. Why pick on these brain-dead Hong Kongers? Many are just taking their cue from Mr. Martin Lee Chu Ming.
Shortly after Changeover, Mr. Lee would visit the US whenever he found the going got tough in proselytizing his Democracy religion. With the help of the most notorious racist senator, Jesse Helms from North Carolina, he had the right wingers’ ears in the House. Helms once bragged openly that he would never let his political opponent out-niggered him in an election.
Mr. Lee’s agenda was to have the US crack down on China commercially. But guess who stood to be hurt by his proposals? None but us Hong Kongers.
Mr. Lee even retained Ellen Bork, a deputy director of New American Century, to be his publicist and counsel. Most alarmingly, NAC’s mission is blatantly Pax Americana. NAC project sponsors are Who’s Who of US neocons, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, etc. Its mission is global hegemony through military predominance.
Article 23, anyone?
50 cents just deposited in your account. Keep up the good work. Both you are Alex are being considered for CPCC nominations next cycle.
I think Jackie Chan seconds the nominations....
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.
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!
AL’s articles of today and yesterday are related
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?
According to Artline 500 (31JAN 11:52am)
“It's global because everyone's banking reserves are parked mostly in US debt. “
West = World
US = Global
It’s so Columbus
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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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