And that pathetic Gilles was questioning why I should have a HK values vs Mainland China values thread.
Well now you know that huge gulf in values still exist. Funny thing is, you would imagine HK government defending HK people from unwarranted (or maybe warranted) attacks by certain mainlanders like the one in that video? But nope, the HK pro-establishment figures are slamming HK people too:
Time to nip ill-feeling in the bud - The Standard
Perhaps Hong Kong has developed a complex after years of mainlanders coming here in large numbers and spending billions in support of local economic activities. The inflow of yuan created jobs here, but also hurt the pride of many people who used to refer to mainlanders as "Ah Chan" - a demeaning term suggesting they are uneducated, low-bred and greedy - before the mainland's mighty economic rise.
But why are Hongkongers dissatisfied, and what are the grudges exactly about? Are locals repulsed by the thought they may lose their rice bowls to competitors from the mainland? Or angry because mainlanders have caused prices to skyrocket as they inundate the city with yuan?
Or, more fundamentally, is it because the locals have lost a sense of prestige? Maybe all of the above have played a role, but most of it is unwarranted. Mainlanders come here to spend because Hong Kong is good, showing trust in the goods and service they can expect to get for their money.
In this light, the community should be proud of being able to create an environment that others can't. It is dangerous to let misguided sentiments persist. As the CE candidates battle on, it would be more helpful to speak positively rather than dwell on grudges to boost their popularity. It's also time for government officials and concerned bodies to speak up.
So according to "Mary Ma", it's all HongKongers fault, the poor and innocent mainlanders has nothing to do with it.
Now we know where "Mary Ma" and the rest of the pro-establishment loyalties lie....
It is also representative of the HK government mentality, it does not analysis the causes of issues but merely attack the symptoms, or in this case, trying to shoot the messenger.
Obviously, HKers should not harbour discriminationary attitude towards mainlanders, (despite certain justifications), but as they say, it takes two to tango. Mainlanders must also learn to behave when they go to Hong Kong.
Perhaps instead of kowtowing to the Beijing Masters, "Mary Ma" and the rest of the goverrnment should reflect and defend some core Hong Kong values? But who am I kidding?