Date
29 March 2017
Yau Wai-ching (inset) used colorful language to complain about the housing problem and lack of privacy for sex. The internet went batty. Photo: CNSA, HKEJ
Yau Wai-ching (inset) used colorful language to complain about the housing problem and lack of privacy for sex. The internet went batty. Photo: CNSA, HKEJ

A bed excuse to blame the housing issue

To put it mildly, the choice of words was, ahem, inelegant.

But no. It was coarse and unladylike, according to critics of legislator-elect Yau Wai-ching, who will soon have “honorable” tagged to her name.

In one burst, this is the offending line: “Even if we want to bang, we cannot find a room.”

Yau was complaining about the lack of space and privacy in Hong Kong homes.

Sure enough, a clip of the incident quickly went viral, with netizens having a field day debating whether the 25-year-old founder of Youngspiration overstepped the bounds of decency.

Some criticized her for her tone and choice of words.

Commentator Chip Tsao said the word “bang” should not come out of women, adding it shows a lack of subtlety.

“Making love” would be alright, he said but there are more elegant words — or sentences for that matter.

He suggested: “The flats are not big enough to place a single bed for a young couple to do the usual things other than sleeping.”

But some linguists were less forbidding.

They said “getting shagged” might be more appropriate for women’s use, even if it’s widely interpreted as the “f-word”. 

But Yau is unfazed. She said she deliberately chose the word to drive home a point.

Me? I’m still trying to recover from the shock, especially because such utterance can hardly be associated with what I consider a wholesome personality at a university forum.

Perhaps this is the new normal but the point is well taken.

I wasn’t there, so I have no clue about the bigger context. I suppose she was complaining in general about space and cost of living in Hong Kong.

(Isn’t it easy to just find a room with a bed for sex?)

Yau’s comment could not come at a better time when Henderson Land is launching 44-square-foot bedrooms in its signature H Collection residential project Park One in Cheung Sha Wan, Yau’s very own district.

The rooms are in four-bedroom flats squeezed into 600 square feet.

Each unit has 17 doors, with the smallest room less than the size of a standard prison cell, according to Apple Daily.

Funny our government has used up all its powers to increase land supply but not the size of the units, many of which are competing for the Guinness World Record for subdivided flats.

Even with an eight-digit dollar cheque, buyers might not be able to buy any of these exclusive units.

Now we understand Yau’s frustrations — and why sometimes we might hear some familiar tycoon’s name (or that of some government official) being blurted out in the middle of the night.

But not during sex.

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BK/AC/RA

EJ Insight writer

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