Chinese and China – Experts in Moving the Goal Posts

Here’s an article in today’s Bloomberg News:

China Rejects Open Nomination for Election of Hong Kong Leader

The Hong Kong public can’t nominate candidates for the next chief executive election under the city’s de facto constitution, China’s top official in the former British colony said, rejecting a lawmaker’s proposal.

The city’s Basic Law states that candidates for the chief executive position have to be nominated by a “broadly representative” committee, Zhang Xiaoming, director of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said in an open letter to Alan Leong, the head of the Civic Party.

 

Flags of China & Hong Kong

A Chinese national flag, left, and a Hong Kong SAR flag fly outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Zhang’s comments are the clearest China has made in rejecting demands from Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to allow for democracy in line with international standards in 2017, when it has pledged to allow election of the city’s leader. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was picked by a committee of billionaires, professionals and lawmakers, is facing rising calls to start consultation on arranging the vote.

“The proper way forward is to follow the Basic Law and the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s procedures, rather than straying from the law and going the wrong way,” Zhang said in the statement published on the office’s website, as he rejected Leong’s invitation to discuss the proposal at a seminar.

Leung said in an interview in June he wants to deliver on the electoral reforms, though increased democracy may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people. Allowing for a full exercise in democracy in Hong Kong will also contrast with the political system in China, which has been ruled by the Communist Party since 1949.

Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong have suggested options including opening the nomination to candidates who receive support from at least 2 percent of registered voters.

China’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy granted Hong Kong its own legal system under the Basic Law for 50 years from 1997. The city allows residents civil liberties including a free press and freedom of assembly not permitted in the mainland.

Basically what China’s said was “Anything that is not stated in the Basic Law is not allowed” – Hang on a minute, Basic Law is a constitution for Hong Kong but it was NOT drafted by the people of Hong Kong and we as Hong Kongers have NO right to interpret or amend it but China has. Mind you, Chinese are the experts in moving the goal posts, so no matter what you do or say, they’ll find a way to “win the argument”.

Now, the Basic Law didn’t say anything about people of Hong Kong are allowed to breath, eat, drink, etc. We’re all breaching the law! Hurrah!

What a whole load of rubbish. By the time they’ve completed their colonisation scheme (with substantial amount of new immigrants in HK who are all CCP members/brainwashed to trust nobody but the party), of course China will have no problem about “giving” Hong Kong democracy and universal suffrage, they’ve got a lot of Chinese voting the way China wants it!

Democracy is never given, it’s something that people fight for.

BTW, if one day, Article 23 is passed, this blog will be gone and so would I…

Over and out!

Future president of Egypt? What about Hong Kong?

I stumbled into this video the other day, and I couldn’t help but think “why isn’t a single Hong Kong child able to do this” (of course, there’s a big assumption here: the English subtitle is accurate).

The  people of Hong Kong are not encouraged for individual thinking. Education is all about reciting materials and getting good grades in exams. Back in the old days, the British Hong Kong government encouraged people to study but never encourage people to think independently. The Hong Kong SAR government, even worse! They inject the pro-Peking and pro-Communist thoughts into the students’ brains before they are old enough to “think”…

A so-called Basic Law handbook for primary school students says that Taiwan is China’s sacred land, and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong must “love China and love Hong Kong” – none of these are related to the Basic Law.

The worse I’ve seen so far is “Chief Executive enjoys a more superior legal status than the administrative, legislative and judicial functions of Hong Kong”. It also says “administrative, legislative and judicial functions balance each other’s power but also cooperate with each other, cooperation amongst these three functions is more important” – this is NONSENSE!! Separation of powers is what Hong Kong always practices, and there isn’t a need for cooperation between the three functions.

The younger generation in Hong Kong, thankfully, especially those who have not got a “professional” job tend to be more aware of the social issues – the reason, as I gathered, is that they are not afraid of rocking the boat. Those who have a high paid job and/or own properties worry about the property and stock market and stability of their jobs more than whether they have freedoms, democracy and fellow Hong Kongers’ livelihood (no formula powder for babies, sky high rent, expensive daily necessities, property hegemony, etc.).

They are very similar to the last generation of Hong Kongers who often nowadays say that the Brits did not give Hong Kong democracy (they would even say “you never had democracy and why suddenly want it now! we’ve got more freedom then before 1997). Epic fail in logic. Isn’t it? I am always in awe when they say this – since when democracy is something that’s given? It’s always something that people need to fight for. A metaphor: you never had anything but bake potato, and now you want more than just bake potato, you want a bit of corn beef as well! Why is not insane?

If Occupy Central is violent (breaking the law, woohooo!!), what about the protests in Turkey and Brazil? Blood was shed! The police in Hong Kong have become so bent that I do believe one day they will point their guns at the protesters (whether or not they can aim properly or know how to use their gun is another question). The convener of the Occupy Central movement did say though “if they see blood at the movement, they will retreat”. Without being prepared for the worst, there is no point to occupy anywhere. They still don’t understand that China will not back down unless you show to them that you have got the upper hand and have no fear. Chinese only bully those who are show weakness or weaker than them, fact! Have they done anything to Japan yet? No! Even though China’s been claiming that Senkaku Islands belong to them for all these years. If you engage China to negotiate, they will present you all the things that they want before speaking with you (just like what they did to the Brits in the 70s). By agreeing to their terms, means you’ve already lost half the negotiation – they know that you’re prepared to loose all of those they want. They can then try to take more from you and if it goes no where, they’d still get the “least they’re prepared to accept”, win-win situation for the Chinese. See?

Over and out

Democracy in Hong Kong? Leungs Pratically Says “NEVER!”

People want democracy in Hong Kong? Simple answer is: as long as China continues to have sovereignty over Hong Kong, that’s impossible.

During an interview with Bloomberg, CY Leung basically admitted that China controls the way what “democratic election” is about:

Increased democracy in Hong Kong may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people

One Country Two System? A complete utter LIE from day one!

Put it quite simply: how could a communist dictatorship govern a city-state that’s semi-democratic (part of the legislature is elected by the people) and practices capitalism? Hong Kong courts practice Common Law, and all are innocent until proven guilty, and China is completely the opposite (guilty until proven innocent); education system: completely different; lifestyle: completely different; culture: share some similarities but not quite; etc.

Why did the Brits agreed to hand Hong Kong over to China is still a mystery. China never owned Hong Kong to start with! It was the Qing (translation from Chinese: Great Qing Country) who owned Hong Kong (HK Island and Kowloon Peninsular), which was ceded to England perceptually. The New Territories were leased to the Brits for 99 years (I hate keep repeating myself, but once again 99 years in Chinese language is the equivalent of eternity). If the Brits wanted to “hand Hong Kong back” to a country, they really should have gone to Taiwan which holds the treaties about the above because Kuomintang was the one that overthrew Qing.

In any case, the Brits should have known better that Chinese cannot be trusted (Hong Kongers aren’t Chinese – Chinese is a concept/term that is so vague which covers a lot of things the Western world refer to, which is a massive topic). They must have seen the impossibility of this “One-Country-Two-System” crap. What were the Old China Hands thinking? Do you honestly think that by living in China for a few years you’re able to understand Chinese? Have you read the famous book The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture by Bo Yang. It is such a shame that the book I Don’t Want to Be Chinese Again was not out earlier.

The UN allowed the Chinese to bully them over the issue of taking Hong Kong and Macau off the list of colonies in the 70s was beyond believe. All the nations in the UN are guilty for helping China to conolise Hong Kong. They should right their wrongs.

A friend forwarded this article to me which is very encouraging.

Why Lung Mei Artificial Beach Project Goes Ahead?

Seahorses are at great risk of extinction. Who would have thought they could be found in Hong Kong? Let’s face it, the water quality in Hong Kong in general is pretty appalling.

Seahorses and many other marine lives were found in Lung Mei, Tai Po. The government, despite public outcry and protests, was determined to build an artificial beach there! The government even said that the conservation value of Lung Mei is very little!

This is all simply because the property developers have planned to create a resort centre at Lung Mei, where they’ve accumulated plots of land, and a beach is all they needed to complete their plan!

If you take a look at the District Council members of Tai Po, you’ll find out a bit more. They are not only from parties that are pro-government (pro-establishment), including Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and Economic Synergy but also vice chairmen, Honorary Chairmen and Chairman of the New Territories Reality Association.

That’s why the District Council of Tai Po keeps banging about how important it is to destroy the natural habitat in Long Mei so that the property developers can benefit from it and claim that the oppositions are merely trouble makers.

Shame on those money hungry property companies and those who would betray the people of Hong Kong and the nature just to make a few quick dosh!

Hong Kong is being invaded by China. The people in power, who have families that are citizens of other countries (i.e. if Hong Kong falls apart they can easily immigrate to reunite with their families in a free country) and with no moral nor dignity, plus capable of betraying the people of Hong Kong with a smile, are trying their very best to make sure that they make a lot of money even if the price is the fall of Hong Kong.

This reminds me of Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong prior to the 1997 handover, who said in his last policy address:

My anxiety is this, and I want to stress this point, with all the strength of my command. My anxiety is not that this community’s autonomy would be usurped by Peking, but that it could be given away bit by bit by some people in Hong Kong.

Beijing blocks free Hong Kong elections – The Vancouver Sun Reports

By Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

The Chinese government has made it clear it has no intention of living up to its promise to allow voters among Hong Kong’s 7.1 million people to freely elect their government leader.

Beijing has repeatedly put off the democratic reforms it promised 30 years ago during negotiations before the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty after 155 years of British rule.

China’s stalling and its heavy-handed dealings with Hong Kong have sparked repeated peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong since the handover.

But Beijing’s latest announcement that it will keep a veto over whatever Hong Kong voters decide has heightened demands for universal suffrage.

 

This is the first news article in the Western world that reports the situation without being biased. Clear evidence of China breaches the Sino-British Joint-Declaration by blocking a fair and free election in Hong Kong repeatedly (the so called political reformed in 2012 did not provide Hong Kong a more democratic election).

Is Occupy Central a Scam?

Here’s an interesting column piece today. An activist who contributes to AM730, a local Chinese language newspaper, commented on Occupy Central, a hot topic that pan-democrats and pro-Peking individuals debate and talk about an awful lot recently.

Occupy Central,  A Big Scam

Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee and the old hands, who are long perceived to be leaders of pan-democrats, have voiced their support for the “Occupy Central” proposal raised by Professor Benny Tai. All those who criticise the framework of their activity or those who are disappointed by the fact that no formula has been agreed for Hong Kong’s “general election” over the past decade (the standard which says “(it must) fulfill international human rights” eventually came out – Wow! And the Pope is Catholic!) are categorized as “intend to resolve the issue with violence, want to see bloodshed, want to hijack the activity” – some pro-democrats even questioned: if not doing it this way (peaceful demonstration that does not disrupt the social order), what other ways are there? Are we just going to sit and do nothing? In 2010, Democratic Party had a closed door negotiation with China Liaison Office about Hong Kong’s political reform, Helena Pik-wan Wong, the Deputy Convenor of the Alliance for Universal Suffrage, asked the public to wait for another 8 years (before HK can have universal suffrage in general election). The opposition then was also condemned to be dividing the pan-democrats, causing troubles, etc. Some questioned the opposition “if we do not pass the reform bill, what are we going to do? (Isn’t that better than) making no progress at all?” Where these very words are still vivid memories, the same thing is happening yet another time.

In the past, Hong Kongers looked up to the 4/June movement and saw it as the “halo” of democracy (a common term of reference to describe the holiness and nobility of a movement, I’d use “holy grail” in the following as I find it translates better, the word halo rhymes with Central in Cantonese). Those leaders who sacrificed touched people’s heart. Over twenty years have passed, those who passed away are still heroes, but to Hong Kongers they are not as close and powerful to us as the immediate threats and pain we face daily as our culture and livelihood being tormented and facing the ever intensifying chinafication.

Out-dated politicians are still holding on to the halo today. They failed to grasp the change of people’s sentiments. Instead, they turn to focus on constructing a scam that can bring them a new holy grail. To them, there isn’t much time left (why did they ask people to wait for a few years then? Shouldn’t they have apologised for betraying the people of Hong Kong?), they have to find something to do.

Occupy Central is certainly a powerful civil disobedience action. Whether or not it will bring universal suffrage in general election is still a mystery; joint resignation by pan-democrats at the Legislative Council to trigger bi-election, a way lower cost method for people to express their views compare to ten thousand people being arrested voluntarily (as suggested in the Occupy Central proposal), is not accepted; a complicated “Occupy Central guideline” that the general public doesn’t understand suddenly appeared. All these aim at prolonging their possession of the holy grail to secure the value of their continuous existence. Come on!

Hong Kong’s glorious era belongs to them. The dream of Hong Kong’s democracy belongs to them. The way they design and set out is the only way. “War is young men dying and old men talking”. Young thoughts always come to destroy (the old).

National Education Centre Asks Schools for Endorsement

Following on my previous post about National and Moral Education Curriculum, despite the fact that the Curriculum is quietly embedded in various subjects, the National Education Centre continues to work on establishing a new subject for students in Hong Kong in order to further brainwash children.

SupportNationalEducationAbove picture obtained from House News, for original article in Cantonese/Chinese, please refer to here.

The National Education Centre issued letters to all schools in Hong Kong, which provides a simple letter that says:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since the National Education Centre always strives to promote national education and national quality education, I am happy to support the Centre to continue servicing the education sector and its continuous operation.

Best regards,

____________

Cheung Yui-Fai, a liberal studies teacher, posted the letter onto the Facebook page of National Education Parents’ Concern Group. As a committee member of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, Cheung questioned the agenda behind the Centre’s letter – does this mean the biased National Education Curriculum is returning in full form (base on the “coincident” of the HKSAR government’s mentioned National Education in its Human Rights report which was submitted to the United Nation recently).

Cheung also added that the Centre has not done anything ever since the people won the “war” which forced the HKSAR government to “shelved” the curriculum.

On the second page of the letter issued by the Centre, a survey asked the schools if they have participate any of the activities organised by the Centre and what recommendations they have for the activities.

In the Human Rights report submitted to the United Nation, Chapter 2.21, says “This new initiative is expected to be implemented in the 2013/14 school year to further enhance the elements of national education”, and completely omitted the fact that the HKSAR government has announced the curriculum is shelved in September 2012.