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Coronavirus: mainland China-based vlogger goes viral for video slamming Hong Kong's 'meaningless' quarantine measures

Nov 24, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

The internet personality, who goes by ‘Hong Kong’s Little Miss Tsang’, lambasted the city for what she said were loopholes in its anti-pandemic measures

She also mused aloud that as someone travelling from the mainland, ‘I should be the one scared’ about contracting Covid-19 from a local.

The vlogger, known as “Hong Kong’s Little Miss Tsang”, has more than 5,000 followers. Photo: Weibo

A mainland-based vlogger’s tirade about Hong Kong’s quarantine regulations has gone viral on Chinese social media after she criticised the city’s anti-pandemic measures as “meaningless” and “mediocre”.

The internet personality’s video detailing her own purported experience entering her mandatory 14-day quarantine at her Hong Kong home has so far attracted more than 16.2 million views since it was posted on Weibo on Saturday.

The vlogger, who professes to be a Hongkonger based in Shenzhen and goes by the moniker “Xiang Gang Zeng Xiao Mei”, or “Hong Kong’s Little Miss Tsang”, has more than 5,000 followers who tune in for her commentary on day-to-day life and the occasional social issue.

“I finally know why Hong Kong’s quarantine regulations are so lousy and why there’s a huge influx [of cases],” she exclaims in exasperation at the outset of the video, filmed on her first day of quarantine. “It’s because of their dumb quarantine regulations!”

The first batch of Hong Kong residents return to the city from Shenzhen under the Return2HK scheme this month. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Over a span of 3½ minutes, Tsang goes on to complain about what she characterised as various loopholes, including how home quarantine arrangements were not strict enough compared to those on the mainland.

In Hong Kong, residents who return to the city from the mainland are now allowed to complete their compulsory quarantine at their own homes, but Tsang complained that there were no requirements preventing people living under the same roof from coming into contact with one another.

As of November 13, the government has required all travellers arriving in Hong Kong from anywhere other than the mainland, Taiwan and Macau to undergo their mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 at home.

“It’s not like the mainland, where everything is separate, even the toilets,” Tsang said. “Everything is completely shared in Hong Kong. I don’t see any meaning of this quarantine.”

She also said that she had to go home via public transport, rather than a designated vehicle for quarantined travellers, which she said resulted in a higher chance of spreading the virus.

Travellers are indeed currently allowed to take public transport to their homes for quarantine, but only after testing negative for Covid-19 at their point of entry.

Tsang also questioned whether the sight of her tracking wristband – a requirement for those under quarantine – would spark fear among members of the public during her commute from the airport, especially if they knew she had travelled from the mainland. Anyone wearing such a wristband is forbidden from going out.

“Hongkongers are worried about me spreading the virus to them, but in my head, I’m just thinking how I should be the one scared instead. The whole province of Guangdong doesn’t even have that many cases compared to Hong Kong.”

She went on to say that the city’s arrangements were fine for her, as she came from the mainland, where the pandemic appears to have subsided. But she worried aloud that travellers from countries such as Britain and the United States, where cases were soaring, could worsen Hong Kong’s pandemic situation if they were allowed to quarantine at home – which they are not – or take public transport.

The video has been a hot topic on Chinese social media as Hong Kong entered a fourth wave of coronavirus infections this week that forced the postponement of a hotly anticipated travel bubble with Singapore.

The city’s tally of confirmed cases jumped by 80 on Tuesday alone, to a total 5,781. In contrast, the province of Guangdong, where Tsang resides, has only reported a total of 1,983 cases since the pandemic began.

Dr Leung Chi-chiu, a respiratory medicine specialist, said travellers coming from the mainland were “not too much of a concern”, as they carried a lower risk of transmission compared to those from other countries with a higher number of cases.

But he acknowledged there were some loopholes, particularly regarding the lack of dedicated transport between a traveller’s point of entry and their quarantine location, which created the possibility for transmissions in the event of a false negative at the airport.

“We are having multiple waves of outbreaks, all of them due to the importation of cases; it is something that has done too much harm to our community,” he said.

Comments from Chinese online users, meanwhile, have been mostly supportive of Tsang’s remarks, with many telling her to stay safe in Hong Kong.

Unrepentant teen with a long list of offences is why some parents shouldn't breed

Nov 25, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Ralph Wee Yi Kai, a 19-year-old Singaporean man, has pleaded guilty to eight charges on Nov. 25 during his plead guilty mention before District Judge May Mesenas.

The charges include consuming weed, causing unnecessary suffering to a frog, possessing imitation tobacco products, trespassing into the rhinoceros enclosure at the Singapore Zoo, and committing mischief by damaging property, reported CNA.

Another six charges will be considered during his sentencing.

Probation is "not realistic"

Wee pleaded guilty via video link from his place in remand, where he has been since Nov. 6.

The prosecution strongly objected to a probation suitability report, noting that Wee is "beyond the control of his parents, which renders probation unsuitable", according to CNA.

The prosecution asserted that probation "is not realistic" for Wee, based on his repeated offences and conduct in court.

They cited his "blatant disregard for rules", and urged for a reformative training suitability report instead.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Melissa Lee said Wee "has a tendency to abuse drugs and alcohol", which caused him to behave aggressively towards his parents.

He also "posed a risk" to them, which led him to be admitted to the Institute of Mental Health.

"Never expected it to come to this"

Wee's defence lawyer Shashi Nathan requested for the addition of a probation suitability report, according to CNA.

Shashi maintains that his family is able to supervise Wee, and added that his client "comes from a good family" who are "able to look after him".

He said that Wee was undergoing "a severe emotional crisis" when he committed his offences, and shared that the case has also affected Wee's family, especially after their home address was released to the press.

"While Ralph understands that what he did was wrong, he never expected it to come to this," said Shashi.

Difference between probation and reformative training

Wee was ordered to go though both assessments for a probation suitability report and a reformative training report, reported Yahoo News.

Offenders who undergo probation will not have a criminal record, while reformative training, which provides a more structured environment, results in a criminal record.

What Wee's lawyer said

Wee's lawyer said his client acted out after breaking up with his girlfriend, 18, who was the one who filmed the video of Wee backflipping in the zoo.

The defence lawyer, Shashi, said Wee spiralled into an emotional crisis as a result of his break-up.

Wee is homeschooled.

The court was told Wee saw a video of a man riding a giraffe and decided to make a video in the rhino enclosure, Yahoo News reported.

The ex-girlfriend had filmed the act and posted it on her private Snapchat account.

Wee posted it on his public TikTok account and a police report was made by a zoo personnel within the same day.

Wee removed the video when he was told to do so by the police, but reposted it on Dec. 18, before being told to remove it again, claiming he thought the video had been made private when he reposted it.

Wee had also included a link in his Instagram account biography to directed to a page selling t-shirts with the words "rhino ralph".

But he denied creating the merchandise profile.

He later removed the link.

Wee will return to court on Dec. 20 for his sentencing.

Timeline of events with updated details

Oct. 9, 2020, 2:40am: Allegedly committed an act of vandalism by hitting an information panel at a bus stop in Sixth Avenue, off Bukit Timah Road, causing S$900 in damage.

Allegedly caused damage to two cars -- S$2,800 to a Mercedes-Benz and more than S$1,600 to a BMW -- in nearby Sixth Crescent.

A taxi driver passing by reported him to the police, as Wee was standing in the middle of the road with a beer bottle in hand.

Dec. 16, 2020: Wee was placed on compulsory supervision for 60 months from Dec. 16. He was required to present himself for urine tests on each Tuesday and Thursday, but failed to turn up on four occasions.

He was placed on e-tagging during this period of time, after having been charged for his earlier offences.

He had to stay at home from 10pm to 6am as part of his bail conditions.

Dec. 17, 2020, 2.40pm: Accused of trespassing into the rhinoceros enclosure and taking a video.

Dec. 18, 2020: Reposted zoo video, despite taking it down earlier after being told to do so by the police. Told to remove video again.

Dec. 24, 2020: Accused of abusing a frog, which subsequently died, by hitting a ball against it on a foosball table, causing "unnecessary pain and suffering".

The incident allegedly took place at a Sentosa Cove property.

July 2021: First hauled to court and charged with two counts of mischief, as well as one count each of vandalism and criminal trespass.

Bail was then set at S$15,000.

Aug. 6, 2021: Allegedly consumed cannabis while out on bail. Arrested at his residence and two urine samples obtained tested positive for weed. S$15,000 bail revoked.

Sep. 14, 2021: Allegedly possessed an e-vaporiser and six e-cigarette pods at a ward in the Institute of Mental Health.

Three police officers showed up at IMH, where Wee was warded, to arrest him for failing to attend court.

He was admitted to IMH due to his drug and alcohol abuse, as had acted aggressively towards his parents when they demanded the drugs from him.

He was warded in IMH due to the risk he posed to his parents.

Oct. 13, 2021: Charged with one count of drug consumption while still in remand.

Bail raised to S$20,000 and Wee was released.

While out on second bail, Wee committed a string of offences, including cutting his electronic tag, according to ST, as well as not reporting for his urine tests on a few occasions, CNA reported.

The prosecution has called for an urgent bail review hearing to have Wee's second bail revoked for the alleged fresh offences.

Oct. 26, 2021: Allegedly cut a S$100 GPS ankle tag at an address on Leedon Road at about 12:10am.

Prior to this act, Wee was upset at his father, who had asked Wee to sleep early since he had to report for his urine test in the morning.

After arguing with his father, Wee decided to leave the house, and used pliers to cut off his e-tag before cycling to his friend’s house.

Upon discovering that Wee was missing, his father called the police.

The e-tag, worth S$100, was damaged and could no longer be used.

It was found in Wee’s house.

Oct. 28, 2021: Allegedly possessed an e-cigarette pod at the Leedon Road address.

Nov. 5, 2021: Warrant of arrest issued, as Wee could not wake up to attend court.

Nov. 6, 2021: Wee arrested.

Nov. 12, 2021: Slapped with four additional charges.

Nov. 25, 2021: Pleaded guilty to consuming weed, causing unnecessary suffering to a frog, possessing imitation tobacco products, trespassing into a rhino enclosure, and committing mischief by damaging property belonging to others.

Ordered to go though assessments for a probation suitability report and a reformative training report.