PUBLIC EYE MICHAEL CHUGANI
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Proof yet again that in Hong Kong the big guys always win

Standardised working hours? Forget about it. Decent, affordable homes? Get back in your boxes. Michael Chugani is not surprised there isn’t a Bill Gates among our tycoons

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, 5:09pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 12:01am

Game over. The big guys won. The little guys lost. As always. Get used to it, little guys. You never win.

You were blockheads to think the big guys would at least have the conscience not to plunder your pensions any longer and allow you decent working hours.

Their conscience is the size of a crumb. That’s what they allowed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to throw you: no standardised working hours, just overtime pay, and only for those earning HK$11,000 or less a month. That qualifies just 550,000 workers. Wait, there must be something wrong with that figure. No.

Junior hygiene officials pick on elderly ladies who scavenge cardboard boxes for a living, but traffic wardens dare not ticket the big guys for illegal parking

Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, has over half a million people who earn HK$11,000 or less a month. No one batted an eyelid when this became apparent after the government rejected standardised working hours.

Why bother when Hongkongers know they can never stop the big guys from winning. For years they banged their heads against the wall to stop bosses from plundering their MPF pensions to cover their long-service and severance pay. All they got were bruised heads.

It is so ingrained in our psyche the big guys always win that even the little guys blindly follow the rule. Junior hygiene officials pick on elderly ladies who scavenge cardboard boxes for a living, but traffic wardens dare not ticket the big guys for illegal parking.

Property tycoons are allowed to put just a small batch of new flats on the market and watch gleefully while knucklehead little guys fight to pay inflated prices for them.

Then the tycoons put out another batch after raising prices by 10 per cent. And still the knuckleheads fight to buy.

In Asia’s world city, the big guys pay HK$5 million for a car park measuring 188 sq ft to park their luxury vehicles but build 160 sq ft flats that cost about the same for the little guys to live in. Well, no one said people are more important than car parks.

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You may wonder why there isn’t a Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or Mark Zuckerberg among Hong Kong’s tycoons who use their fortunes to rid the world of poverty and disease because they know they can’t take their money with them.

Stop wondering. Our tycoons know if they did that, they would be letting the little guys win. Besides, our tycoons love the colour of money too much.

mickchug@gmail.com