This letter to the SCMP is excellent in summarizing how HK people feel about the government and their response to the virus:
Hong Kong’s latest large-scale coronavirus regulations took effect over the weekend and will stay in place for two weeks at least. The measures include catering restrictions, closures of various public premises, and limiting social gatherings to four people at most. These came after leading microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung warned that public hospital medical services could collapse unless curfew-level measures were introduced, amid growing public consent for tougher measures. But why do many still strongly oppose the measures?
Allegations of unfair law enforcement surfacing all over the city could be a reason. At least two pro-democracy “yellow” restaurants have complained of disruptive police inspections. It is hard not to relate this to the poor attitude of the Hong Kong Police Force.
At the same time, the regulations at first were seen as less-than-comprehensive, restricting attendance at six types of establishments including cinemas, restaurants and public gyms, but leaving out mahjong parlours, mainly run by triads seen as pro-Beijing, nightclubs and karaoke lounges. These were hurriedly included only five days later, when an infection cluster was traced back to a karaoke lounge. This is how ordinary citizens feel unfairly treated.
At the heart of discontent is the administration’s lack of legitimacy. In the last eight months, Hongkongers have deepened their civic consciousness. It is clear that this administration is not representative and not authorised by the general public, and its actions will only be criticised.
Hongkongers are less tolerant of mistakes from an administration that does not act in its favour, and which they feel is not their own. Rather, Hongkongers’ loyalty is inspired by government officials such as Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, who has reportedly not taken time off for more than 50 consecutive days, and others like her who weather public criticism on behalf of their boss, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. We salute you!