18 February 2019

Netizens, state media, officials weigh in on Mong Kok incident

Discussions over the “urinating toddler” continue to swamp social media forums with netizens from both sides of the border giving their views on the much publicized incident.

Earlier, mainland netizens called for a boycott of Hong Kong as a tourist destination after a mainland couple were arrested following a spat with several Hong Kong residents who took pictures and scolded them for allowing their child to relieve himself on a busy street in Mong Kok last week. Hong Kong residents, on the other hand, welcomed the proposal, saying it would ease congestion in the city’s streets and public facilities.

Pursuing the issue, several posts on mainland discussion sites threatened to bring children to relieve themselves publicly in Hong Kong during the May 1 holiday week as a retaliation for the bad treatment the tourists are said to have been receiving from locals, the Apple Daily reported on Friday.

Across the border, some Hong Kong netizens have called for a photo contest to capture such “uncivilized behavior” of mainland tourists, the report said.

The Wall Street Journal cited a survey by news portal, which shows only 11 percent of the 128,000 mainland respondents considered allowing toddlers to relieve themselves in public as unacceptable behavior.

Meanwhile, the official People’s Daily criticized Hong Kong people for being insensitive, uncaring and uncivilized, and said it is discrimination when they refer to mainlanders as “locusts”.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So has called for Hong Kong people to exercise more tolerance in the presence of mainland tourists, adding that no one wins being emotional. So said the Hong Kong government will continue to hold dialogues with mainland officials over the solo travel scheme, which allows mainland tourists to travel abroad individually instead of in groups.

Back on the mainland, the Southern Metropolis Daily published a unique travel guide showing where tourists can find public toilets in Hong Kong, with those in shopping malls, restaurants and hotels as the top choices to answer the call of nature.

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