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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 3:46am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 3:46am

Outlawing the 'L-word'? What about the rest?


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.

Outlawing the 'L-word'? What about the rest?

What makes the Equal Opportunities Commission jump? Not racial taunts against so-called ethnic minorities. What makes anti-discrimination boss Dr York Chow Yat-ngok jump is when a few dozen wackos parade in Tsim Sha Tsui calling mainlanders "locusts". Why else do you think he has talked far more about hostility towards mainlanders than the daily discrimination ethnic minorities have long endured? In seeking public views on, among other things, how to protect mainlanders, the commission is even considering making it an offence to use the word "locust" as a racial taunt. Please forgive us for using these other racial taunts, but what about "molocha" for Indians, "huk kwai" for blacks, and gweilo? If "locust" becomes a legal no-no, then surely the others should be, too. Chow says that even if the L-word becomes outlawed, the threshold to prove racism will be very high. Public Eye is all for fighting racism, but outlawing a word?


Occupy with love or hate, but Beijing won't buckle

Is Occupy Central really going to doom us? Opponents insist the civil disobedience protest will hit Hong Kong like a tsunami, first paralysing the business district, then causing a domino effect that will clog cross-harbour tunnels, bring chaos to the MTR system and finally shut down the whole city. Organisers dismiss that as scaremongering. They envisage Occupy to be a lovefest, with peace and love as the core message. Sounds very much like the Woodstock music festival. Why not call it "Centralstock" instead of Occupy Central? That sounds far less confrontational. Live bands, protesters flashing peace signs and people making love in the open - John Lennon would have been proud. Just don't do drugs. But if the organisers intend Occupy to be a lovefest instead of a fist in the face, how will that make Beijing buckle to its democracy calls? Whoever heard of anyone kowtowing when threatened with love and peace? Surely, the only way to make someone double over is a knee in the groin. Was that not the original aim - to wring democracy out of Beijing with the threat to shut down Hong Kong's commercial life? If that has been replaced with love and peace, we suggest they call the whole thing off. In any case, the organisers are dreamers to think love and peace or even a knee in the groin will make Beijing buckle.


Let landfill opponents drown in their own waste

Here is some advice for Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing: give them the finger and go on vacation. Let the rubbish pile high. And when people find the stink unbearable, name and shame those who caused it. This is called fighting fire with fire. Wong warned the city would soon drown in refuse unless obstructionist legislators approved funds for landfill extensions and an incinerator. Let it drown, the deeper the better. That is the only way to fight back against self-serving legislators who put their own interests above the interests of society. Every city in the world has landfills and most of them have incinerators too. How else would they dispose of their rubbish? But here in Hong Kong, obstructionist legislators let "not-in-my-backyard" lobbies hold the entire city to ransom in exchange for votes. The waste facilities will have to be built sooner or later. There are no alternatives. But the longer the obstructionists play politics, the higher the price tag will become. And it will be ordinary taxpayers who pay. So when the rubbish starts piling high outside your home, remember who is to blame.


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



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We'll said, the biggest problem Hong Kong faces now is self serving legislators and misled youths.
Go ahead...outlaw a word. Another will spring up in its place.
What then?
It's like clever mainland netizens consistently coming up with new ways to get around JUNE 4, 1989...
John Adams
Never mind about the EOC
The SCMP has already outlawed the word !
Try to write the word l-o-c-u-s-t-s in these SCMP comments section and all you will get is : " ****s "
Go on ... try it yourself !
'Schistocerca gregaria' is the scientific name for the most common type of the type of insect starting in L that the SCMP is so scared of. Another type - the immigrant L (seriously) starts '****a'. If this is censored by the SCMP then we can develop the hypothesis that they are either:
1) anti-Christian (banning reference to them is also banning reference to important biblical stories)
2) anti-Science (how can scientists learn more about something if they can't mention it by name - Dear Prof M I have studied an insect I can't name and have found... Yours Prof X. Dear Prof X, I have also studied an insect I can't name. I wonder if its the same as yours?..)
3) anti-Renaissance (the world is flat, those insects don't exist because the pope/editor says so)
4) anti-Insect (discriminating against one entity is justified, but what about white ghosts?)
5) anti-grasshopper (without our loveable l we can't get these)
6) pro-upper class (poorer people eat them as a source of nutrients)
or all of the above.
YES THEY DID IT - THE SCIENTIFIC NAME IS -L-0-C-U-S-T-A- THEY ALLOWED ONLY THE /A/ TO REMAIN. They are the anti-Christs, pagan worshiping, sons and daughters of our new (lets not get sued but lets also not actually say anything) era political reality.
eg locuts?
Really? let me try. Grasshoppers when solitary and ****s when in swarms. Actually they belong to the different phases of the same species.
If I see the real insect loxxxxxx. (You know what I mean) can I still say its name purely to identify it, if it is listed as an offence to say it?


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