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Restriction on late-night cooking makes a joke of Hong Kong governance

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02.11.2018

Governance in Hong Kong has deteriorated so much since the handover, it is now hilariously bad. Recently, reports surfaced that the Housing Authority had imposed a restriction on late-night cooking in Wo Lok Estate, a public housing estate in Kwun Tong. For a few months, residents were instructed to refrain from cooking and “making meat-chopping, vegetable-cutting, stir-frying and chiselling noises” between 11pm and 7am every day, so not as to disturb neighbours. One notice, which was circulated on the internet, stated that offenders would be prosecuted or given demerit points.

Apparently, the restriction came in April after some residents were accused of cooking in the middle of the night, and the estate office received two complaints about noise. The warning notice about cooking has since been taken down. Still, the Housing Authority had abused the penalty points system in forcing the rule on residents in the first place.

It had also overlooked the needs of grass-roots residents. Many of them work till late in the night, before they can rest and eat. To them, a restriction on late-night cooking would be outrageous, even heartless.

This incident is symptomatic of the rot at the........

© South China Morning Post