In the last two weeks, I had two very upset experience
On Sunday two weeks ago, that was a very sunny day.
I was attracted by sunshine and decided to have lunch outdoor and met a group of old men playing music in a park. They played very good music, I swear, and they played quietly. They tried not to annoy anyone in the park. I was sitting less than 50m away from them to have my burger, but I almost couldn't hear what they played.
So I changed my seat to get closer to them. But still not clear enough. I got closer and closer to them, and finally just next to them. I borrowed their instrument and played music with them. That is a joy hour. However, only about an hour.
That is a public park. Someone phoned to a park manager to complain those old men, then a park officer showed up stopping the activity. This is what commonly happens in Hong Kong. People are not allowed to have any kind of creating or art activity on the public area. Otherwise, the police finally come up to expel you. At many tourist area photographers are not allow to use tripod. In parks or on streets, even you are a world announced artist, you still can't stop down to stretch or paint picture at a side of the road. I have never heard the same things happened in other city or country.
Actually, if the government want to keep the order, they just outline a regulation to let people follow, and citizens can still enjoy creation and performance in the public area. However, the government just SWAP it all, like the same way they handle the cases of bird-flu and non-smoking campaign in restaurants. NO ART ACTIVITY ON PUBLIC AREA THEN THEY DON'T NEED TO REGULATE PEOPLE. NO LIVING CHICKEN IN HONG KONG THEN THEY DON'T NEED TO REGULATE FARMS AND SHOPS. NO SMOKER IN RESTAURANTS THEN THEY DON'T NEED REGULATE SMOKERS AND RESTAURANTS. Then they can sit back and sleep and get paid.
The government is saying to spend huge amount of money to build an art center in West Kowloon in order to courage the development of art and cultural industry in Hong Kong. Everyone knows that is only a trick to mock the citizens to fill the Victoria Harbor to create land for housing business giants. Officers in Hong Kong government don't know what the art is and they don't care. When they want art, they buy a air-ticket to have vacation oversea. This is their understanding of art. Pathetic.
But I have a question. What the government officers is just swap all the activity required regulation to make no regulation necessary, then their job is as easy as sitting on a chair; my question is, they have got no job to perform, why do they still get our tax-payers' money to sit in the office?
Another story happened two days ago.
When I finished taking photos of hawkers on the street, an old lady came to me. She asked me if I am a journalist, and begged my grace not to put their activities on newspaper.
I felt sweat in my eyes. There showed two folds of problems in Hong Kong government. Although Hong Kong shouldn't be a poor city, the welfare for old people is totally the third world's, and somewhat insulting to the olds! Many old people live miserably in Hong Kong. The government officers always say that there are loopholes in present welfare policies to be abused so they can't raise the amount of budget on elder welfare. However every time when someone cried out a welfare reform, they just go get deaf ears.
This is the main reason why I dropped the plan of receiving Herceptin because I worry about my mom's living after I pass away if I use up her savings.
Hawker activities in Hong Kong used to be very characteristic. It was one of burning factors of tourist industry in Hong Kong. Furthermore, it was the way that thousands and thousands of poor family made their living in the past. However, the government just swap them all. Of course, it is because they hate all regulation. You can cry, you can commit suicide, but you can't be a hawker. There is only one option of regulation plan about hawker business - NO PLAN IS NEEDED BECAUSE OF NO HAWKER.
The same question: They make their job not even exist, why keep their position with our money?