Correction: Last post was a mistake

Thursday 25 August 2011, 11.35pm HKT


re: “acmyths9” dated 24 August 2011

This post was released by accident. Please ignore it.

Please stay tuned for a forthcoming special 9-part feature that ‘acmyths9’ is a part of.

This accident has just given me blogging fodder for another how-to post.

“As king, you must be able to see the good in any bad situation.”
— King Macbeth of Scotland to Duncan (later Duncan I of Scotland)

Thank you.

The Naked Listener

How to set yourself up for disappointment

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 9.00pm HKT

OUR PINOY COMMUNITY in Hong Kong is setting itself up for disappointment.

You see, judicial review of right-of-abode status for Philippine domestic workers in Hong Kong began yesterday (22 August) in the High Court.

Already, the government’s opening arguments is hitting the abode-seekers’ case like hammer to anvil. The government said the Immigration Ordinance (the statute that regulates Philippine domestic workers here) IS constitutional and that the ordinance sets out in very clear terms the conditions that bar alien domestics from acquiring domicile in Hong Kong.

I’m not anti-Filipino or anti-domestics, and I personally feel the domestics have had a raw deal, especially those who’ve been living and working in shite jobs here since the 1980s.

But as a trained lawyer, it’s next to impossible to go against the tightly legislated language that is typical of immigration laws. Having personally gone through numerous different immigration procedures in several different countries, I know how painfully impossible it is to get any administrative decisions or judicial judgments that go against the language of immigration laws.

For those who are legally unwashed, strict statutory interpretation (‘stat-int’) is the default means of operating immigration laws (in Hong Kong as well as anywhere else in the world). Since our Philippine domestics’ contracts and leave of stay are covered under our Immigration Ordinance rather than a general-purpose statute like the Employment Ordinance or somesuch, they can expect little or no leeway because of the stat-int.

So someone please tell our nice Pinoys and Pinays that, really, they are facing an impossible task on their hands — and perhaps not a little misled by some of our social NGOs in the process.

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“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious — makes you so sick at heart — that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.
(Mario Savio (1942-96), ‘Bodies upon gears’ speech at Sproul Hall Steps, University of California, Berkeley, 2 December 1964)

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© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011. Image via British-born Chinese Blog.

Amended 23 August 2011 for typographical errors – amen to that.

Some Apples are not bad

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 6.00pm HKT

REUTERS yesterday helpfully confirmed The Naked Listener’s contention that some of the fake Apple stores on mainland China not fakes at all but actually Apple resellers that sell the real McCoy to customers.

Gee, thanks a bunch, Reuters, you helped me win my $100 wager.

First, the Intarwebz went all barmy over some blogger’s account of an Apple store somewhere in China.

That store eventually turned out to be an Apple reseller. It sold no fake Apple products — just that the reseller modelled its store completely on Apple décor.

Then the Chinese authorities, in trying to show that they’re on top of things, shut down two similar Apple-looking stores.

Now, two dozen or so Apple-looking stores have been ordered to stop using Apple trademarks in China.

The funny (and sad) thing is how the authorised Apple resellers there were instantly branded as fake by everyone, regardless of the fact that the resellers sold genuine Apple products.

A business associate of mine up in China was telling me the other day that loads of customers were returning their genuine Apple purchases for refunds from these resellers. The hysteria was so intense, my associate recounted, that you’d thought the Cultural Revolution was back on line.

(I trust my associate’s word on things about China, mainly because this fits in with my experience of China tending to go into a dog pile on the slightest rumour. They’re a nervous lot, those Chinese.)

Just goes to show that our mainland comrades, by dint of long experience with fake goods, are now unable to distinguish the real thing from the fakes.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011. Updated 04 June 2013 (typos). Image via Playerz Blog.

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