BLOG – New Anti-Occupy Central Ad Appears in the South China Morning Post 13

Rendered in Comic Sans typeface, an anti-Occupy Central advert has appeared today in the South China Morning Post. It was placed by the pro-government ‘Silent Majority’ group (famed for their anti-Occupy video).

south china morning post anti-occupy central

SCMP ad, photo via @LeslieMTang on Twitter.

The ad laments how the government is under ‘tremendous pressure from external forces‘ and a ‘hugely biased and inflammatory media‘. It also, oddly, expresses sympathy with “the massive HK citizens“.

Silent Majority for Hong Kong,

Robert Chow (right), convenor of the Silent Majority group.

In July, several business chambers placed an ad in the SCMP warning about the upcoming pro-democracy protest. The Canadian business chamber did not respond when asked to comment.

In June, the Chief Executive’s wife was involved in a similar advert placed in the SCMP. The discrepancy was not highlighted in the local press, despite Ms Leung being pressured to step down from other NGOs due to conflicts of interest.

Women's Association Hong Kong

Regina Leung

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13 thoughts on “BLOG – New Anti-Occupy Central Ad Appears in the South China Morning Post

  • Ken Morgan

    I agree with them, but for different reasons. It’s been 20 days, it isn’t even appearing in the news any more anywhere not even on Reddit. In effect the occupy movement have lost and extending it and eeking it out is just pissing people who have to make a living off.

  • Ken Morgan

    I’m in the UK, it hasn’t appeared in the UK TV/radio news for quite some time now. It hasn’t appeared in the UK newspapers for a while either. A 30 second thing appeared on RT and TVB news shows a few minutes of it.

    There is past form for this. In the UK there was massive support for fuel protesters. They blockaded refineries and key roads. There was huge public support for them which lasted a few days cited around 80%. After about a week the public support evaporated and the fuel protesters were increasingly seen as thugs. People were unable to get to work, unable to make money, unable to support their families. The support for them fell to 36$, then around 11%. There were increasing calls to send in the army to ‘break up’ the blockades. The government eventually got an emergency order and the protests faded away after 3 weeks, the protesters lost all good will and support. When they tried it the second and third time there simply was no support for them whatsoever and they were vilified as no more than thugs.

    The film Risky Business got it right perfectly: “In a sluggish economy, never ever fuck with another man’s livelihood.” The protesters are fucking with a lot of peoples’ livelihoods

    Putting a sign up? saying sorry? doesn’t cut it I’m afraid, saying sorry and putting up apology signs DOES NOT STOP THE BILLS COMING IN. I’m sorry but are those protesters going to pay those bills? Inconvenience me a little and I may understand, do it longer I maybe annoyed, continue it and people will turn against you, make them angry and actively work against you maybe even call for your head.

    My cousins live in HK and they have gone through this process already as have a number of friends who run businesses there. From my chats over skype with them it has already progressed to the hate phase for most of them. Occupy can keep it up as long as they wish, but the longer they do this the more hate they generate against themselves, the more hate the less support they have. The less support they have the more acceptable it is seen to go in and crush the protest.

  • BeFair

    Hi, can i post your comments on Global Times so that people have a true picture of what the silent majority in Hong Kong will feel if this goes on forever.

  • Ken Morgan

    No you may not. Because I do not claim to speak for anybody but myself and my own small circle alone. Quoting or posting such comments as ‘representative of the silent majority’ can be extremely deceptive. Statements like oh well only 10000 people protested which means the other 5 million HK people are against the protest.

  • Andrew Guthrie

    The anti-occupy PR has consistently been clumsy and inept. For example, the latest full page ad in the SCMP includes grammatical errors but should be seen more basically as a sorry example of plodding prose, let alone that they fall prey to Beijing’s fallacious ploy of decrying “outside influences”. If they had their act together (and they don’t seem to have very many creative or technical abilities at hand) they would actually find, go to and interview those supposed negatively affected businesses instead of standing in for this anonymous and unidentifiable demographic via an expensive full page ad.

  • tojanhorse

    If people don’t like the protests, why don’t they put pressure on the government to compromise with the protesters? The government is the one which caused this crisis by refusing to honour it’s promises.
    And this is not about cheaper petrol, which is not a human right like free and fair elections. Cheap petrol is good for car drivers, but not for pedestrians, the environment etc. Occupy is about basic rights for everybody, and this is not going to go away. People can put up with higher fuel prices, they can put up with travelling by MTR instead of driving through Central, it won’t do them any serious harm, in fact, since the Occupation started, air pollution has improved a lot, and most people I speak to enjoy being to walk through traffic free streets for a change.

    What people can’t put up with is a long term stagnation caused by a rigged electoral system based on an unholy alliance of communist dictators, triads, tycoons and new territory males. It’s really unfair that men born in the New Territories all get a piece of free land with building rights while the rest of us struggle to pay for a shoebox. Hong Kong has the highest property prices in the world and this rigged system maintains this system.
    The only chance of resolving issues like this is representative democracy. Surely taking the MTR to work for a few weeks is a small price to pay for the right to vote? Don’t blame the protesters, you should thank them for standing up for the rest of Hong Kong, and put the blame where it belongs, on the puppet government of Hong Kong and the puppet masters in China who first promised universal suffrage and now have gone back on their word, because they are terrified of losing their privileges and know that elections will be the end of that. They fear elections like vampires fear sunshine.

  • Ken Morgan

    You sound so idealistic, but the question remains. How will democracy change any of those things you mention above?

    I live in the UK, we have elections. Elections mean absolutely NOTHING whatsoever. Politicians openly accept bribes and do what their masters (those who pay the bribes) tell them to do. We’re pretty much fascist whereby the government is in bed with the corporates. There are privileged classes of people who take way more than their share (the grey voting block for instance).

    Election day UK, I can choose:

    A guy with a red rosette, who is corrupt, self serving and exists solely to line his own pockets and conveniently will get a directorship with a company whom his policies benefited.

    A guy with a blue rosette, who is corrupt, self serving and exists
    solely to line his own pockets and conveniently will get a directorship
    with a company whom his policies benefited.

    A guy with a yellow rosette, who is corrupt, self serving and exists
    solely to line his own pockets and conveniently will get a directorship
    with a company whom his policies benefited.

    Some choice eh? so it turns into a popularity contest where damaging policies are enacted for short termism popularity. Nothing real gets done, no infrastructure gets built (UK has been thinking about building a new airport for 30 years) and the small voting blocks like the young, the unborn are hammered in order the appease the big voting blocks like the grey vote, which represent only 30% of the population but consume over 60% of the UK budget.

  • tojanhorse

    You say that elections don’t change anything, I take your point, even though you know it’s not entirely true. Nobody is saying democracy alone can solve HK’s problems, they are saying that without democracy, these problems will definitely keep getting worse for sure. Democracy is the start of the process of change, not the end.
    Have you imagined what it would be like if there were no elections? If we could never boot a party out when they became rotten with corruption? If your member of parliament couldn’t be bothered to help you when you were in trouble because they didn’t need your vote? If we could never introduce a private members bill? If our prime minister was chosen corrupt huddle of insiders, like in the days before 1832?

    Britons fought for the right to vote to free us of that kind of arbitrary power and today people take it for granted. Change has come through the ballot box before and it will come again. We elected the Labour government in 1945 which created out NHS and our welfare state. We elected a Conservative government in 1979 which started Thatcherism that is still going on today.
    As for politicians openly accepting bribes, who are you talking about? What bribes have they openly accepted? I’m sure it happens, but I think you are exaggerating.
    There are good and principled politicians in Britain, they are not all the same. You can protest legally too, you can visit your MP in person, you can join up with other people and campaign for change without getting thrown in jail as you would do in China. Or you can adopt a cynical and despairing attitude, infect other people with your hopelessness and become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.

  • Ken Morgan

    Are you so sure? As I said when there is a large voting block the politicians seek votes from others will be burned to buy their votes. This entrenches what is wrong with society and makes it even harder to change things. For instance the grey vote, the only way to change things is to wait for them to die off as they wield so many votes.

    Secondly bribes are covered by a euphemism called ‘lobbying’ or ‘donations’. Several MPs were caught taking fat cash bundles which just conveniently happen to be under the declaration limit. Almost all Mps were caught falsifying their expense claims. What did they do? they voted for a law to make their theft LESS transparent oh and a fat 11% pay increase.