Woman denies sleeping on street to get tickets for boss
Changing her earlier story, the Indonesian claimed that she liked Jay Chou and believed she could stay in Hong Kong until March so as to enjoy the concert
A 26-year-old Indonesian woman who reportedly slept on a street in Kowloon’s Whampoa area for about a week to queue up for concert tickets has denied she was doing so on instructions from her boss.
Officers from the Immigration Department investigated the woman on Wednesday afternoon and found out she was not a domestic worker, Ta Kung Pao reported.
The Indonesian woman, named Diana, holds a recognizance form that allows her to stay temporarily in the city.
A reporter from the newspaper approached Diana on Wednesday again but the woman denied that she was queuing up for tickets to a Jay Chou concert on behalf of her boss, changing her story from what she had told the reporter on Monday.
The woman had at that time told the reporter that she had been in the queue for “a few days” after a request from her “boss” to buy tickets for the concert featuring Taiwanese entertainer Jay Chou scheduled for next year.
Diana said she came to Hong Kong as a domestic worker last year but was not employed at the moment. However, she refused to disclose the reason she obtained the temporary resident permit. She also did not respond to questions on whether she was an asylum seeker.
Diana claimed that she liked Jay Chou and would use her own money to buy the concert tickets, adding that she believed she could stay in Hong Kong until March next year so as to enjoy the concert.
The prices of tickets for Jay Chou’s upcoming concert range from HK$480 to HK$1,180 (US$60-$150).
Meanwhile, the number of domestic workers whose employment contracts have expired and who have applied to stay in Hong Kong on the grounds of non-refoulement protection jumped from 44 cases in 2013 to 419 in 2015, figures from the Immigration Department showed.
Lawmaker Elizabeth Quat said the large number of applications for non-refoulement protection was placing a financial burden on the government.