I know the word “gloating” may be too strong to use to describe how some HongKongers and HK public figures felt when they saw #Covid19 cases grew by a ton in Singapore. But “nearly”, “almost”, “a little bit” gloating might not be too far off in describing how some HKers seemed to think or feel.
I might be wrong but my working hypothesis is that #Covid19 behaves like water (poetically speaking, not for real of course), it will wait patiently to search, look, and seek out the place/country’s weakest links, and then proceed to attack these weak links 24/7 non-stop.
Are these cage homes (via CNN) Hong Kong’s weakest links? I don’t know. It is NOT up to me. #Covid19 has and loves time. Maybe HK is perfect. Maybe there are no weak links in HK. Maybe, maybe, maybe … And then #Covid19 just keep looking …
Let me be clear. This is DEFINITELY NOT a case of a silly old man #gloating in Canada. We in Canada are absolutely #GriefStricken of the many many and many deaths of our elderly in nursing and care homes, the ones that build our country. We utterly and catastrophically failed our elders, our grandmothers and grandfathers! So wherever farthest away from #gloating, that is exactly where Canada is right now.
This is not #gloating because #covid19 royally kicked our asses. What I hope is to warn HongKongers not to think too highly of ourselves. Yes, HK so far has “succeeded” against covid19. But like I hypothesize, covid19 is merely waiting, looking, and searching, for those weakest links …
#Covid19 infects & kill our bodies, poisons our minds, and it seems it also spotlights the worse sides of our systemic failures, how shitty we are when we think no one is looking.
So they say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” I say, “When life gives the world #covid19, make the world a better place.” The world is not going to rebuild herself after this #WW3 #Covid19, a massive catastrophic failure. Who do you think are going to do the real hard work, if not you and me?
2020 Apr, 23 UK Guardian, “‘We’re in a prison’: Singapore’s migrant workers suffer as Covid-19 surges back – Singapore was lauded for its swift action to suppress infections but crisis has shone spotlight on how it treats marginalised migrants”
2020 Apr 26, SCMP, “Surreal life in Singapore, from Covid-19 to ‘circuit breaker’ and migrant workers’ plight ** Things are feeling out of place, with local media seeming to bury news of a record number of cases and the enigmatic posts of the prime minister’s wife ** There is perhaps no other place on Earth where life is split so acutely and strangely, writes Tan Tarn How”