The messengers: eternal victims

All over the world, journalism and journalists have once again become the main target of absolute, totalitarian groups and of those who wish to remain in power at all costs. This year 2018 is already one of the worst ever, with hundreds of journalists victims of violence, many of them murdered. According to non-governmental organisations, in 85 per cent of these murders neither the murderer(s) or those who instigated them were identified. And most probably never will be.

We know what has fuelled this fury: irresponsible and vile heads of state who feed on the ignorance of their own people to act with impunity. Leaders who do not hesitate to lie and blackmail, using state apparatus and institutions that should only serve their citizens.

Fortunately, in Macau we are still safe from such madness and the freedom of the press still exists despite some self-censorship as a consequence of some benefits never fully explained or poorly concealed and a recent legislative tendency to tighten the siege against what are no more than ghosts. We know of these tendencies but we believe that despite everything commonsense will prevail.

Macau retains a state of tolerance. Of course, there are mistakes and sometimes some exaggeration on both sides, but understanding prevails. Because in this city even the most pompous of the arrogant bows his head and walks away, humiliated, once realising that the power of money is not enough to subvert minds and wills that believe in what they fight for.

I know this well. A few years ago we, too, were victims of an attempt at intimidation and economic blackmail. We resisted and forced those puppets back under the stones, from which they should never have emerged.

In the case of Polytec versus the Chinese newspaper Son Pou and the columnist Lei Kong, I hope the question, whether semantic or not, will end equally. The opinion is freely and honestly that the economic group should feel overwhelmed by what it did not do, not by the negative reactions to the breach of the commitments it has made and which affected hundreds of residents. The company was waiting for what? To receive one of those commendations from the Chief Executive on the anniversary of the SAR?

Accomplish your investment plans on time and work, respect the clients who have invested their savings or accept the criticisms, however strong they may be. Do not do so and this should serve as a lesson to the Macau Government, who should remember when later they again need to decide who should or should not be allowed to invest in the territory.