Lavish lifestyles getting out of control in Hong Kong

Lavish lifestyles getting out of control in Hong Kong

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Rurik Jutting (centre) is taken to court in a police van. He is accused of murdering two women in his Wan Chai home.
Rurik Jutting (centre) is taken to court in a police van. He is accused of murdering two women in his Wan Chai home.
Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong prides itself on being one of the safest cities in the world, but occasionally, the dark side of our city emerges through acts of vile, tragic, and often gruesome violence.

Recently, the case of Rurik Jutting, in which said banker brutally murdered two Southeast Asian women in his luxury flat, sent shockwaves through the city. But I think this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lavish debauchery experienced by a small percentage in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a breeding ground for cases like Jutting’s. Much like the (in)famous Wall Street of New York City, our city is a leading financial hub, where well-educated, well-connected expats and locals alike get overpaid and overstressed while working for some of the biggest investment firms and banks in the world.

The dismal descent of Jutting, who himself went to CambridgeUniversity and worked at Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch, can easily be traced. As in most examples like these, money is the guiding temptation and the starting point on the road to tragedy. This money, offered in unnecessary amounts, coupled with copious amounts of stress, leads people like Jutting to desperately seek ways to release this steam. He, like many others in his situation, turned to depravity, paying regular visits to the city’s red light district and seedy towns in the Philippines.

Eventually, his lifestyle turned him into a delirious psycho. Unfortunately, this episode repeats itself again and again, with its victims often unreported and invisible. Our government must bring this issue into the limelight. This case should be investigated as an example to all. Limits must be placed on the extravagance of people like Jutting so similar tragedies never happen again.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Lavish lifestyles are getting out of control

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