The Great Six Grand Rubout

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 3.00pm HKT

THE GOVERNMENT has started registering people yesterday (22 August) for the one-time cash handout. This is the six grand (US$769 or £467) that Tom Selleck our Financial Secretary promised to every Hong Kong resident 18 or older.

Spend the six grand on headache pills trying to figure out how to fill out the forms

And already people are complaining the registration process was unnecessarily complicated — exactly as I’ve predicted in some posts before.

Geriatrics are the first batch of registrants — understandably so, because of their higher chance of dying off waiting for the six grand to come through. The gerries were totally put out yesterday as to how the fill out the forms.

Whaddaya expect, peep’l? It’s standard operating procedure for any government round the world to give on the one hand and take back on the other.

Hurr Durr.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011. Image via Nuacco.

2 Responses to “The Great Six Grand Rubout”

  1. Ed Hurst said

    So we have several dozen different agencies, each wanting their own separate paperwork, each requiring massive duplication of information, but in multiple different formats, and then deciding later to trade papers so each can check how you filled out the forms for the other. And this is what they do when they are too busy with more important stuff. It’s called “bureaucracy light.”


    • I could’ve sworn you were at the registration counters. Yup, that’s pretty much the picture.

      It’s kind of understandable too, especially when the government here made a facile political promise, and then got pushed into a corner when someone found a way to hold the government to its promise. Now, the civil servants here are scrambling to find ways of not paying out. Typical government.

      The reality is that the payout is basically a refund of our tax dollars. It’s nothing like the genuinely gratuitous cash handout paid by the Taiwanese government to its citizens.

      You might or might not know this: Taiwan is [relatively] uncorrupt, but if there is bribery going on, the government usually pays something back to citizens every year, so they don’t get overly upset with the situation. It’s the Taiwanese government’s way of bribing the citizenry to be reasonably tolerant of bribery!


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