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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2013, 5:56am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2013, 3:22pm

Lawmakers should flush away this racist motion


Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.

We don't want you as tourists but we want you as toilet cleaners - that's the message the Legislative Council will send to the Philippines today. Our legislators will vote on this nauseatingly racist motion to punish Filipinos for the Manila killing of eight Hongkongers by a deranged ex-policeman. Legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip's motion demands trade sanctions. But Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee prefers scrapping visa-free entry to Filipino tourists. Why? We can do without the 700,000 Filipino tourists who come here annually. But if we ban Filipino maids, who will clean our toilets? Reports say major parties will support the motion. Many voting for it are the same legislators who march for human rights and fair play. And here they are, voting to punish innocent Filipinos for the act of a madman. Excuse Public Eye while we go puke.


Internment camps for Filipinos? Why not?

We're not sure if scrapping visa-free entry will be part of the sanctions Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday threatened to impose unless the Philippines kowtows within a month. But if it is, what about other Filipinos in Hong Kong? Forget domestic helpers; we need them to clean our toilets. But that still leaves Filipino businessmen, nurses and catering staff. It would be unfair to punish just tourists. If we want to send a strong message to President Benigno Aquino for refusing to apologise, we need to be innovative. How about herding them into internment camps? The Americans did it to the Japanese after Pearl Harbour. If the white race can do it to the yellow race, why can't the yellow race do it to the brown race?


A lesson C.Y.'s bungling PR advisers must take to heart

Much of the mud flung at Leung is undeserved. That may go against popular sentiment. But Public Eye is never afraid to speak our mind. Yet we must admit the bungling way Leung's government handles controversies makes us want to throw up our hands and scream. We've never seen a government shoot itself in the foot so often. Who are Leung's PR advisers? Or does he not listen to advice? His disastrous Bloomberg interview in June when he repeated "no comment" seven times when asked about whistle-blower Edward Snowden should have been a wake-up call that he needed skilled PR people. But no, this government continues to bungle its way through one controversy after another. The latest is, of course, the uproar over television licences, which erupted just as public anger subsided over the seating arrangements as Leung met Aquino. Where were his PR advisers when Leung again hid behind "no comment" when pressed on why the government issued two instead of three licences? Didn't any of our highly-paid bureaucrats learn from the Bloomberg screw-up? Now, when the government's popularity has taken a disastrous hit, and as legislators threaten to invoke special powers to force answers, Leung bows to pressure to explain his cabinet's decision. But it's too late. The public has already been brainwashed into believing ulterior motives were behind not granting Ricky Wong Wai-kay a licence. American PR guru Lanny Davis has a simple motto: Tell it early, tell it all, tell it yourself. Government PR people should burn it into their heads.


Michael Chugani is a columnist and television show host. mickchug@gmail.com


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Why would HK government involve innocent people about this matter?! Did the FILIPINO tourists killed The HK tourists? leave them out of the issue!
"the act of one man is not the act of all nation!" i just want to remind you that HK peeps..
leave the tourists alone!
It seems like your idea has worked well. During the last three years the government of the Philippines hasn't sto[pped appologizing or sending compensation to the victims of the tradgedy.
The only way to get action is to hit them where it hurts. Ban all Filipino domestic helpers from Hong Kong!
What gall and chutzpas for an American to accuse of other people of racism.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Chinese citizens need a visa to visit the U.S. Why doesn't Chugani see racism in this case.
I see a lot of opinion and not much insight in Chugani's column. Even the opinion is not based on facts. The eight Hong Kong citizens were not killed by a deranged ex policeman. They were killed by the bungled rescue attempt of the Philippines authorities. And it is not easy to forget the pictures of the Philippines policeman in front of the bus laughing and having a good time.
And CY Leung did not threatened to impose sanctions unless the Philippines kowtows within a month. As reported by the SCMP, Leung promised unspecified sanctions against the Philippines unless progress is made in talks.
Chugani seems to think that the Filipino workers do nothing but clean toilets. Talk about being racist.
I fail to see racism in the fact that ALL Chinese citizens need a visa to go to the U.S. If they specified a paticular Chinese race it would be racism. Chinese is a nationality not a race so it isn't racism. Although it would be nice if Hong Kong SAR passport holders could get visa free visitor status to the U.S.
Filipino is a nationality too, and HK is within its rights to require a Visa from Filipino tourists in the same way the US requires it for Filipino and Chinese nationals.
I agree HK is the number one racist region in the world, because of people from outside HK coming here to pour scorn on the local Chinese. I call these people hypocrites
The people who are as you put it, pouring scorn on the Chinese are Hong Kong people. Most visitors don't know what it's all about.
Michael Jordan
Yes Hong Kong is the Number 1 racist country in the whole world. Should we be surprise?
Michael Jordan
Racism: This map shows the nations of the world where people have the most and least tolerant attitudes
The data came from the World Value Survey, which measured the social attitudes of people in different countries, as reported by the Washington Post.
The survey asked individuals what types of people they would refuse to live next to, and counted how many chose the option 'people of a different race' as a percentage for each country.
Researchers have suggested that societies where more people do not want neighbours from other races can be considered less racially tolerant.
The country with the highest proportion of 'intolerant' people who wanted neighbours similar to them was Hong Kong, where 71.8 per cent of the population would refuse to live next to someone of a different race.
Next were Bangladesh on 71.7 per cent, Jordan on 51.4 per cent and India with 43.5 per cent.
sudo is correct. There was a follow up to the map and it was discovered that the Hong Kong survey was backwards in percentage.




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