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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 4:06am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 4:06am

Spare us the amateur psychology, please


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.

Spare us the amateur psychology, please

Hongkongers suffer from an inferiority complex. They resent the growing wealth of mainlanders. This makes them psychologically unbalanced. That is why many want to end the flood of mainland visitors. Not our words but a commentary in the Global Times, supposedly a mouthpiece of the central government. Whether it is a mouthpiece Public Eye does not know. But this we know - whoever wrote that commentary is the one in need of a psychiatrist. Ask Hongkongers if they have an inferiority complex and most will probably sneer. If anything, they have a superiority complex. Most do not give a darn about how rich the mainlanders are getting. But they do fume about their way of life being turned upside down. They do not like having to wait hours to ride The Peak tram, fight with queue-jumpers at Ocean Park or compete for milk powder. Far from being psychologically unbalanced, that is being very sane. Hongkongers are a reasonable bunch, but if provoked they will fight back. Cross-border friction has reached a danger level. The last thing we need is the mainland media mocking Hongkongers as psychologically unbalanced just because a tiny radical group taunted mainland shoppers as locusts. So if the Global Times is really Beijing's mouthpiece, Public Eye urges Beijing to tell its mouthpiece to zip it.


Government has double standard on racism

Ethnic minority residents must be wondering what it is about them that makes others treat them as nobodies. For decades, they pleaded for anti-racism laws to safeguard their rights and dignity. Tales abounded of cabbies refusing to pick up ethnic minorities, landlords refusing to rent to them and employers refusing to hire them. But the government turned a blind eye, insisting racism did not exist in Hong Kong. It was not until some years ago that policymakers finally relented with a virtually toothless anti-racism law. But suddenly, they are shouting about toughening that law. And the reason for this newfound concern? A tiny group of radical nut jobs taunting mainland shoppers. So there you have it - one isolated incident against mainlanders and the Equal Opportunities Commission chief threatens tougher laws, where decades of complaints have led nowhere. Is the commission itself racist?


Censored press turns mirror on itself

Public Eye is puzzled. Sunday's march to champion freedom of the press was supposed to highlight the lack of the same at Commercial Radio and Ming Pao. The Journalists Association, which organised the march, pointed to the firing of radio host Li Wei-ling and the change of editors at Ming Pao as evidence of diminishing media freedom. But both Ming Pao and Commercial Radio ran the protest as their lead story. How can a media organisation that is trying to censor itself run as a lead story a protest accusing it of exactly that? Go figure.

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



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Dai Muff
"How can a media organisation that is trying to censor itself run as a lead story a protest accusing it of exactly that?" Maybe people have other ways of dealing with "troublemakers" like Kevin Lau. Read today's news. When your paper gets around to reporting it.
Micheal, a worthy assessment on the issues of the day. As regards press freedom, I have spoken to several journalist friends seeking to understand the current claims of interference in the press. Specifically, I asked for tangible examples. None was able to provide specific evidence, they just repeated the same rumours and innuendo. We know from surveys that the public have a low opinion of journalists, and I would suggest their current actions will do nothing to improve that image because 'crying wolf' makes the whole industry appear unprofessional.
You are right Michael. Do spare us the amateur psychology. There could be a small bunch of people who resent the mainlanders' wealth but most of us do not like our daily lives being turned upside down. Doesnt the author of the commentary in the Gobal Times understand this will fan the flames of hatred even further?
Well, if you ask some HKners why the Mainlanders have so much money and can afford spending that much and lot in the Canton Street the general reply is as follows. All these Mainland Tourists are corrupt officials or princelings and princesses of corrupt officials.
If that is not an inferiority complex, what then? They even don't admit that the Mainlanders are more successful in business or earning money, they accuse them to spend only bribe, stolen or other dirty money. I am not quite sure who is needing here a psychiatrist.
Concerning the rasism in HK, I agree 100%. It is not only discrimination against Mainlanders but also against other minorities and ethnic people living in HK. So, Mr. Chugani. If you take your first paragraph and build it together with your second one, you quickly come to the conclusion why HKners do have a complex.


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