By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
Image: Apple Daily
Just last year, shortly after the new iPhone 6 was released in Hong Kong a man staggered along strangely over the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border crossing. The authorities grew very suspicious and searched the man. The reason why he was walking so weirdly was simply because he had strapped his whole body full of iPhones which he intended to then resell over the border back in Mainland China. Yes, the reselling mania in Hong Kong is unparalleled and occasionally makes for a good laugh.
However, the consequences of reselling across the border in Mainland China can be serious, especially if you are a student who engages in this form of illicit trading (i.e. iPhone, formula milk, cosmetics and medicine, just to name a few).
Why is that? Well, as an international/Mainland student in Hong Kong, your visa is issued under certain restrictions. These are namely that you will not engage in employment (paid or unpaid), establish or join in a business. Now these things seem quite clear, but of course the temptation of a bit of profit to be made to fill in our meagre student budgets is always strong. Myself being one of the numerous impoverished students I sympathise with this and see where the drive to do this can come from, but we need to only consider being caught for such a minor offence and the potentially devastating consequences it will have on our future careers.
Being caught could potentially lead to prosecution and removal from Hong Kong – serious consequences for the minor benefit of a bit of extra spending money. We are all welcome to take on-campus employment and if we need a couple of extra cents to buy that something nice or even another beer it would be best if we followed the legal way to it. I know we all have one or two more brain cells than that infamous guy who strapped himself full of iPhones.
文：Jacobus DU PLESSIS（滙豐業昕堂）