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HK tb é assim: ""Hong Kong is either heaven or hell depending on who you might ask. It has the [developed] world's highest Gini score with Singapore 2nd and the USA 3rd. Over in Kowloon you'll find so-called 'cage people', residents living in cages or ultra small dwellings, barely able to make ends meet and end up begging in the busy streets or living off meager social assistance if they can get it. Food and rent are expensive so losing a job can be a matter of life and death."



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Disliking Macau

FIRST they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – And there was no one left to speak for me.”

(attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller)

There’s definitely a somber and bitter tone in the new Legislative Assembly (AL), particularly amongst the newcomers. First it was lawmaker Song Pek Kei saying that “non-resident workers contribute to the increases in rent and occupy public spaces.” Song Pek Kei, whose parents were born in the mainland, continued his attack on migrant workers, saying that they are “unprofessional” (here we have to ask if the residents described by Ms Song are, per definition, more professional than the TNR).
This populist and even xenophobic stance was not rejected by the other lawmakers, but the people who really like Macau (like the Macanese) expressed their indignation trough social networks and newspaper columns.
Nevertheless the absurdities continue. Another rookie, Zheng Anting, said in December that there should be buses specifically for residents, and, with that scheme, a way to identify them when entering the buses. This reminds me a bit of the yellow star, inscribed with the word Jude, that the Jews had to sew on their outer garments during the Middle Ages, and more recently in Nazi Germany. Or the “whites only” policy in segregationist USA and during South Africa’s apartheid regime.
What surprises me even more is that nobody told Mr Zheng Anting, reportedly a Macau resident since 2001, that this idea is not only shameful and discriminatory, but that it is also obviously illegal. So, post-Christmas, he continued with his insistence last Friday, stating in the AL: “Would it be possible to provide carriers specifically for residents? Would it be possible to find a way for residents to identify themselves when entering the bus? Similar to what happens with the housing policy, could we have a policy of ‘Macau buses for Macau residents’?”
What’s next? “Macau food for Macau people,” as someone jokingly suggested.
These sorts of ideas are making their way into the new AL. Another example comes from Ho Ion Sang, who suggests that non-residents convicted by the local judicial system should be repatriated to mainland China or to their countries of origin “to reduce public spending.” But let’s wait for a minute: Wouldn’t this hinder the independence of the local judicial system, so crucial to the “one country, two systems” principle?
The fact is that some lawmakers, and even the government, are increasingly proposing things that are evidently illegal, even for a layman. We saw the mess with the bus operation scheme, also noticed by the Commission Against Corruption, who considered it “the most severe case of legal breach” in MSAR’s history. Concerning the TV market, last week we watched with awe as lawmakers continued to ignore court rulings by trying to recommend the retention of the public antenna companies, eventually travestied in a non-profitable organization paid by the government. “Will it be possible to receive the channels via the public antenna companies?” the veteran lawmaker Ng Kuok Cheong asked puerilely.
Here, the same as anywhere else in the world, lawmakers should gather as much information as they can before they speak at the assembly. They should consider whether what they say has a legal basis and constitutes an example of civility. If lawmakers constantly defy lawfulness or make discriminatory remarks, what kind of example are they passing on to society?
For me, that’s not what Macau is about. It would be tiresome to explain the reasons why Macau is and always has been an open city. That attitude has benefited the Chinese and all others that dropped anchor in its harbor.
Those who want to reduce Macau to another Chinese city or to a disposable instrument to make money are those who misunderstand or even dislike Macau’s nature, as the re-elected House of Portugal President, Ms Maria Amélia António, pointed out to TDM last Friday.

(By PB, published in MDT)

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