2016 year in review

2016 seems to have been a turning point on the international scene. We had Mr. Donald John Trump winning the Presidential elections in the United States, disrupting the establishment and sending a message to the so-called free world that democracies are debauching. People no longer believe in career politicians. Brexit and Duterte are also examples of what may come in the next decade.
Besides that, the hypocrisy continues in many other parts of the world. Syria, the Mediterranean refugee death toll, Brazilian political crises, terrorist attacks. All emerging signs that the world we lived in will no longer be the same.
Truth be told, I really believe that artificial intelligence (AI) may save us from the end of the world prophecies and give us peace once and for all. Let’s believe it.
Regionally, we had the elections for the Legislative Council in Hong Kong which gave a lesson to those two kids of what it is to live in a para-democracy such as Hong Kong. As in ‘true’ democracies, the institutions should be respected. Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching may now regret their behaviour.
Locally, the CE election campaign started. We have four Secretaries running for the job trying to show our Mainland that they are better than each other and that they follow more of the PRC’s commands than the others. Unfortunately, it is not, in my view, sufficient. People are silently discontented and what seems to be an oasis may soon be overturned. My remarks go, once again, to the only Secretary who is not running for the job.
Of course, not everything is flowers, but we have seen, after many years of inaction, the infrastructures being built and, above all, courage in taking decisions against the status quo and the hidden powers of our city. In the end, who win are the residents (permanent and non-permanent), the non-resident workers (who should have more attention from the public powers) and the tourists who put our city in the high ranks of the most visited places.
Still locally, it seems that the opening of the borders allowing Macau registered plate cars to enter Hengqin marks a new era for our city. The construction of what my friend Matthew Ossolinski calls “the Great Macau”, already started, and, at least, if not for the vision of the Mainland, may expand the minds of some of our officials.
I wish all Business Daily readers and friends an outstanding 2017 with only prodigious events to be remembered!