'Improper' for Hong Kong to boycott Manila over Taiwan fisherman's shooting

Hundreds of Taiwan fishermen, holding a portrait of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, march to the Philippine trade office in Tapei in protest last week. Photo: EPA

Responding to a call on Saturday by Global Times for Hong Kong and Macau to join a boycott of the Philippines, possibly through tourism and trade, security chief Lai Tung-kwok said: "Taiwan has taken a series of actions [in response to the incident], but I think some of these actions would not be appropriate for Hong Kong."

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 12:02pm 8 comments

Oxford students call for boycott of Somerville College ball over shark display

Students of Somerville College, Oxford, whose alumni include Margaret Thatcher, plan to boycott a college ball next month if plans go ahead to display a live shark in a tank as entertainment at the party.

25 Apr 2013 - 2:17am

Gay rights campaigners give up on forum flop

Michael Vidler. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Gay rights activists are boycotting a government initiative that they say has done nothing to help their cause since it was launched more than eight years ago and is merely being used as a delaying tactic.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Chinese tourists boycott Maldives resort amid claims of discrimination

The Maldives luxury resort has denied accusations made by a former staff. Photo: website of The Beach House Iruveli.

Cup noodle fans should think twice when booking holidays in the Maldives, according to several Chinese travel agencies. Some luxury resorts have stopped providing Chinese guests with hot water to prevent them from skipping meals and room service in favour of cup noodles.

11 Mar 2013 - 11:07am 51 comments

Japanese car sales slump in China amid row

Toyota said its car sales in China fell 4.9 per cent last year.

Japan's top three carmakers said yesterday that sales in mainland China slumped last year as a consumer boycott sparked by a territorial row took a heavy toll.

Nissan - which has the most exposure to China of the three - said sales in the world's biggest vehicle market last year fell 5.3 per cent to 1.18 million units.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

Egypt's top court postponed a hearing that could see the country's Islamist-controlled constituent assembly and upper house of parliament dissolved, after thousands of Islamist protesters surrounded the court building in Cairo.

Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Shiite minority main victors in Kuwait parliamentary poll hit by boycott

The Shiite minority emerged the main victors in Kuwait's parliamentary polls - boycotted by the opposition which considered the new assembly illegitimate - amid poor voter turnout.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Australian Open officials confident despite reports of player boycott

Tennis Australia said yesterday it was confident players would not boycott the Australian Open over a prize money disagreement, but it was taking the threat seriously.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:22am

Hong Kong class boycotts over Moral and National Education plan averted

Schools are unlikely to introduce classes in moral and national education in the next three years, making a threat by teachers to boycott such classes next month moot, a leading opponent of the planned curriculum says.

Eva Chan Sik-chee, co-founder of the Parents Concern Group on National Education, was speaking after talks with three major school sponsoring bodies.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Principals' group calls for online forum to discuss national education

A leading group of school principals has called on the government to set up an internet forum to consult the public on national education teaching materials related to sensitive historic events, such as the June 4, 1989 bloodshed in Tiananmen Square.

22 Aug 2012 - 3:24am

Boycott 'will not work'

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, the convenor of Scholarism, said the teachers' union's call on educators to stay away from classes in September in protest at a new national-education curriculum has little support.

'No one wants to boycott lessons,' he said.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:29pm

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1973

Hongkong, April 13

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hypocritical call

The so-called orgy arranged by Japanese tourists in Zhuhai last month has understandably caused a furore in the local, Chinese and Japanese media.

Scandalous behaviour no doubt, but certainly not the big deal it has been turned into by people calling for boycotts and the like.

14 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Is bus TV debate much ado about nothing?

I do not object to the current operation of the on-board television in buses, simply because when it comes to any campaign against bus operators, there are more important things to highlight.

7 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Boycott would make advertisers listen

I object most strongly to the bus companies' on-board television advertising.

It is definitely an infringement of the individual's right to choose and an unnecessary addition to the audio-visual pollution of the environment.

For some of us an alternative transport mode may be available but for most people it is not.

2 Jan 2002 - 12:00am