Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Disgraceful Obsessions - A Personal Review of Policy Address 2006-2007

Chief Executive Sir Donald Tsang delivered his second policy address today.

Not surprisingly, this policy address fails to present a long-term vision for Hong Kong's sustainable development. Sir Donald's obsession with pragmatism and his eagerness to solicit support for a second term in the office has become a convenient excuse for his lack of commitment to the "blessed land" that has nurtured him for more than 60 years.

Among other things, what irritates me most is Sir Donald's arrogance. I can understand why Sir Donald is so proud of what he has been doing, because people of his age still think that securing a permanent job with pension in the Government is a lifetime achievement that is worth mentioning when he visits his grandfather's grave. Being an administrative officer responsible for policy-making for the Hong Kong subjects provides yet another justification for arrogance and complacence. Unfortunately Hong Kong is no longer a colony. We do not need a benevolent autocrat who is obsessed with lip service of his love and commitment to his subjects. Despite the boring and demoralising education we have received at schools all these years, we are still smart enough to tell whether the Government leaders have done their jobs well. Aren't you making yourself a laughing stock by putting those ridiculous words such as "always people first" and "for the people" in writing in every single piece of propaganda, when this is exactly why every taxpayer contributes to allow the Government to exist? Are you trying to remind your people or yourself?

The second most annoying thing is his repeating Hong Kong's success story AGAIN to show the so-called "emotional" side of the Great Leader. In his 60s, Sir Donald is exactly one of those baby-boomers who have made Hong Kong as it is today. They have conveniently turned a blind eye to the fast-changing, interest-oriented social environment of Hong Kong that is totally different from the time when the baby-boomers left their schools to their careers. At that time social mobility was high. Opportunities were everywhere for those who worked hard and were willing to learn and improve their lives. Changes were slow and progressive, allowing people more time to adapt. Individuals often have a strong sense of responsibility not only for himself/herself, but also for his/her family and the community as a whole. People respected each other by Confucian heritage although they didn't know much about the Western values of human rights. But all these have gradually been replaced by an obsession for personal pursuits at the expenses of the others, so long the means are allowed within the legal framework. Communities are torn down and conglomerates uproot family business and entrepreneurship. Hard work is no longer appreciated but cunning tricks, in the name of creativity, work and count. Every aspect of Hong Kong are dominated by baby-boomers who refuse to retire, and these are the people who criticise their next generations of lacking commitment and experience because they see their children are not as successful as they were at the same age, in terms of both income and social status.

Sir Donald, pardon me for asking a dumb question: Under such a shameless and soulless environment, how can you expect your next generation like me, a woman of the same age of your sons, to work hard to succeed? Do you really think that hard work still works in Hong Kong today?

Let me be absolutely honest with you: To me, this is no better than a convenient lip service to make the people of my age and younger even dumber to follow the success stories of your generation, and by doing this, we are doomed. We are sick of this hypocrisy. People like you have witnessed the irresistible changes of Hong Kong and have facilitated some others, but too many of you have also failed to recognise that new wisdom is also required to survive in the new Hong Kong that you helped create. Of course you are proud of your achievements and would like these to become "blessings" and "fortune", but we don't want them. While these blessings and fortune do not last, they can also become a curse for us. We want to do things our way like you did, but in a more sensible, responsible way with more integrity and respect for people, culture and the environment. Please stop all the rhetoric about the people and your old success stories. Concentrate on what you should do and shut up.

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