fbpx
Connect with us

Social Stories

“It Encourages Infection!”, HK Govt Criticised For Giving HK$5,000 To Anyone Covid-19 Positive

Published

By

0A7A5096 Ea83 46A1 Be29 Cdb9770B789B
Featured image for illustrative purposes only | Source: Straits Times & SCMP

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

The policy was introduced by the Hong Kong government to encourage residents to get tested for the virus.

Opposition leaders and activists in Hong Kong voiced out against the Special Administration Region’s government concerning a new Covid-19 policy introduced last week. Get this, if you’re a Hong Kong resident and tested positive for Covid-19, the government will be handing out HK$5,000 or approximately RM2,700 cash to you!

According to reports by the New York Times, Sophia Chan, the autonomous state’s health secretary said that the policy was aimed at people who avoided getting tested due to fears of being forced to stay home and lose their jobs. She asserted,

“We hope they don’t avoid it for income reasons, for fear of halting work and losing income,”

Be23Fa2E B696 43F7 83B9 01171261Bc20

For illustrative purposes | a hong kong resident being tested for covid-19.

However, the move was seen negatively by many quarters. In fact, a majority of them criticised the policy for having the opposite effect of encouraging the public to intentionally contract the virus. Hong Kong democrat Roy Kwong openly questioned the scheme on his Facebook page by asking, “Is this basically encouraging the public to get infected?”.

Furthermore, Hong Kong activist Jeffrey Ngo likened the scheme to some sort of ‘reward’ for contracting the virus. He commented,

“So now, if you catch this lethal disease that has already killed over 1.38 million people worldwide, you get paid by the Hong Kong government: precisely not enough for meaningful relief but just enough to give the impression of a reward.”

 

82Cccd15 C927 4389 A678 Cd2B4327D159

For illustrative purposes only.

However, the Hong Kong government defended the policy and said that it was highly unlikely for anyone to deliberately be infected with Covid-19 just to get the money. Ho Kai-ming, the state’s deputy secretary for labor and welfare stressed,

“I can’t see anyone who would abuse this scheme because this virus could be mild or serious.”

Hong Kong recorded a total of 6,040 Covid-19 cases as of today with 108 deaths. The Chinese autonomous state’s recovery rates are quite impressive however, with 5,313 patients recorded to have recovered from the virus.

What do you guys think of Hong Kong’s policy of giving out cash to anyone who contract the virus? Is it a wise decision or would it encourage people to get infected? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

 

Also read: PM Muhyiddin Signs Covid-19 Vaccine Deal With Pfizer, First Shipment To Arrive in 2021

My Post 93

Source: hongkongfp
Source: CGNTV


Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.



Just In

Wfewfewfwe Wfewfewfwe
News8 hours ago

Road to 20k? Malaysia Breaks Record Again With 19,819 New Covid-19 Cases

Malaysia breaks records once again with 19,819 new Covid-19 cases as of 4 August. This means that cases have skipped...

Pjimage 2021 08 04T131433.803 Pjimage 2021 08 04T131433.803
News9 hours ago

LIVE NOW: Pandalela Rinong & Jun Hoong Compete In 10m Diving Preliminary For Tokyo Olympics

Best of luck to our athletes! Diving queens, Pandalela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong are diving in the preliminary round...

Pjimage 2021 08 04T123736.245 Pjimage 2021 08 04T123736.245
News10 hours ago

JUST IN: Muhyiddin Yassin Is STILL Prime Minister, Vote Of Confidence To Be Held In September

In his announcement today, Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that after discussion with his MP and the YDPA,...

Pm Announce Pm Announce
News11 hours ago

LIVE NOW: PM Muhyiddin Addresses The Nation After Meeting With Agong

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is addressing the nation in a live press conference now. This comes after his...

Pjimage 8 Pjimage 8
News11 hours ago

JUST IN: PM Muhyiddin Yassin To Address The Nation Live At 12.30pm (4 August)

Taking to Facebook, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that he will be having a live press conference at 12.30pm...

Man Swimming In The Sea Part2 Man Swimming In The Sea Part2
News13 hours ago

Man Who Failed To Swim Across Penang Strait To Meet Friend Tries Again On Styrofoam Raft

The 28-year-old man who tried to swim across the Penang Strait to meet his friend because he failed to get...

Pjimage 2021 08 03T183409.414 Pjimage 2021 08 03T183409.414
News1 day ago

JUST IN: UMNO Revokes Support From PN Government, Muhyiddin Loses Majority Vote

While the country came to a minor standstill last week after the YDPA essentially called out the Perikatan Nasional government...

Shamsul Shamsul
News1 day ago

JUST IN: Shamsul Anuar Resigns As Minister Of Energy & Natural Resources

Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah has resigned from his position as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources as of...

Announcement

Latest Videos



TRENDING TODAY