Every day we read headlines about the rapid spread of the coronavirus globally and its impact on lives and livelihoods. Hong Kong is, relatively speaking, less affected than countries like China, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Australia, where both the number of deaths and the impact on business and jobs is staggering. On Tuesday, we read that Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines say the HK$2.6 billion (US$335 million) in aid promised is not enough . That is a huge amount, so we need to be sure it’s money well spent. Most of Cathay Pacific’s 32,000 employees are taking three weeks of unpaid leave. Does the same hold true for everyone at the company or are senior executives still at work on full pay? When Cathay asks for more financial aid, we should be sure that the money is going to the people that need it the most, not to offset the loss in earnings and profits of the company and to keep shareholders happy. The company should provide an undertaking that the aid will be used to pay staff salaries and day-to-day costs, to keep the airline ticking over until we emerge from this crisis. It also needs to reassure us that its executives are sharing the pain and publicise what salary cuts they are taking. And for the greedy landlords out there refusing to make rental concessions of any kind, saying you have mortgages, interest and other expenses to pay, share the pain! You can claim mortgage relief from banks, you can obtain interest reductions and repayment holidays for three to six months, plus probably receive other government assistance. Many tenants are small businesses who are struggling , with 80 per cent reductions in their turnover and whose biggest single expense is rent. Eric Sampson, Central Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.