As the Pig wanders out of its pen into view and oinks goodbye to the Dog, Hong Kong fortune-tellers say it is too early to think the city will be in for easy times in the coming year.
The Year of the Pig, which started on Tuesday, could see the scandal-hit MTR Corporation in bigger trouble. Meanwhile, the local economy will show more signs of slowing down and the city could also be hit by infectious diseases.
These are the opinions of feng shui masters in Hong Kong, including Raymond Lo Hang-lap, popularly known as “Feng Shui Lo”, who said: “The Year of the Pig sees the Earth sit on the water. Without a solid foundation, there can be a danger of sunken ground. The powerful water can also cause flooding.”
Another feng shui master, Ng Lap-kwan, agreed. He predicted the transport sector could face more incidents in the Pig year.
“There could be big traffic accidents,” Ng said. “Those related to the transport sector could see some troubles. The MTR Corp’s troubles could linger, or possibly turn worse, in the Pig year.” He also predicted Hong Kong could have health problems.
Celebrity feng shui master James Lee Shing-chak was more precise, predicting the city could be hit by infectious disease during the spring and it could return in the winter.
Perhaps we don’t need fortune-tellers to say this, but Feng Shui Lo saw a decline in economic growth in Hong Kong, which is caught in the middle of the China-US trade war. He also talked about a stock market slump. On the property market, Lo predicted there would be “some corrections”, but was quick to add: “A market collapse is unlikely though.”
A fortune-teller known as Yunwenzi, or Master Yun, said the city’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor would face more controversies in the Pig year.
Eric To Chung-yin, a fortune-teller at Wong Tai Sin Temple, agreed. “Lam was born in the Rooster year. Roosters do not have external help in the Pig year. So she needs to keep calm and work harder.”