Date
19 August 2017
Some nightclubs in Hong Kong are said to have urged customers and staff to sign a petition against the Occupy Central pro-democracy activist group. Photos: www.post852.com, Wen Wei Po
Some nightclubs in Hong Kong are said to have urged customers and staff to sign a petition against the Occupy Central pro-democracy activist group. Photos: www.post852.com, Wen Wei Po

Anti-Occupy Central campaign hits the nightclubs

The Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Ballroom and Night Club Merchants, an entertainment business rights concern group in the city, has urged its members and customers to sign an anti-Occupy Central petition, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The industry group placed stacks of petition forms at some of the nightclubs and asked both customers and night club workers to sign the form, the report said.

Sources were quoted as saying that some nightclub bosses ordered staff to offer customers “less attractive” girls if they do not sign the form. Customers who are willing to sign the form, meanwhile, would be offered complimentary fruit plates.

The feedback from customers has been negative, with people saying that nightclubs are not the right place to do it even if they are to sign up for the petition. “Who would want to disclose their personal details here? The same goes for those girls who work at night clubs,” a person was quoted as saying.

A nightclub worker said only the cleaners, accounting staff and older PR girls were willing to sign as they feared losing their jobs if they do not comply with the bosses’ wishes.

Meanwhile, a customer joked that perhaps Robert Chow, convenor of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy — an anti-Occupy Central group — can now put some forms even at funeral homes, as the Chinese ghost festival is around the corner, the nightclub worker recounted.

The federation has over 50 members in Hong Kong, accounting for around 80 percent of local nightclubs. Secretary-General of the federation, Lee Hung, admitted to issuing to members a circular to outline the political stance of the federation.

Lee stressed that signing the form is completely voluntary.

Yip Mow-lum, owner of Magnum Entertainment Group Holdings (2080.HK), which operates the Magnum Club, Billion Club and Beijing Club, said his clubs have not placed any forms in their premises. However, he said he agrees with the view that the Occupy Central movement poses a risk to Hong Kong’s economy.

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