Thursday, 8 December 2011

When Will All These Crap Stop?

Over the past months and weeks the local news agenda has been dominated by publicity campaigns of the two potential candidates running for the next chief executive. Almost every day they attended public or private forums "at the invitation" of various interest and pressure groups, ranging from political parties to the most popular online forum in Hong Kong. But so far no one has ever tabled a full-blown and well-thought platform to bring the public discourse to the next level. Their remarks were reported in soundbites that served as little more than fuel for gossips and parodies.

Even though most of us are not eligible to cast the vote for the next chief executive, does it mean we have nothing better to do than venting our frustrations in the form of sneers, parodies and indifferences? Why can’t we play a more active role in scrutinising the candidates by asking more critical and sensible questions than "what do you think of so-and-so’s comments about you" or "how do you respond to so-and-so’s remarks"? If we really care about the well-being of this ailing city that we call home, we need to tell the candidates as well as all those behind the crappy electoral system that we care, and we are well capable of doing so. Gossips and smears like calling Henry Tang "a pig" or "Dragonball", making fun of his personal attributes or questioning whether C Y Leung was lying when he said his mother had bound feet can achieve nothing but compensate our desperation and frustration. Worse still, these meaningless remarks and behaviours only serve to reinforce the enduring (mis)perception that Hong Kong people are economic animals that are neither interested nor capable of playing the political game. Among other factors, this is precisely why both the British and the Communist Chinese have denied Hong Kong a more accountable and effective political system that is long overdue.

This is why I am so hopelessly frustrated with all the rhetoric about the chief executive elections. News reports are dominated by public relations campaigns that are meant to twist and distort perceptions. Journalists fail miserably in their duties because they have been running after the candidates and the people around them for soundbites rather than asking the critical and sensible questions. Discussions are bias-laden, out of focus and losing sight of the truly important issues. If we are too busy or apathetic to reflect on our future, or simply incapable of thinking sensibly, then we should stop complaining about our seriously flawed political system. We are just getting what we deserve.

4 comments:

  1. Never put any expectation on the coming chief executive election. Two candidates could do less for Hong Kong because of the inborn crippling political system. Truly speaking, the best potential classes of elites have been recruited to serve the central government rather than this small place. Communisum government also faces the shortage of elites to maintain their stability and security of power. Any one of the candidates is only the puppet ,no matter policitical or social policy ,the trend is controlled by the central government. What we can do is to voice out on the blog or to protest on the street. Personally thinking, Hong Kong has sown the freedom of seed in our home country,it is not difficult to find some mainland tv programmes including the elements of sarcasm. Parodies or sneers is the safer tool for media or journalists to express their discontent or attack of the power of existing government. It was hardly found in mainland tv programme before. I agree with you,as the educated person, we are annoyed by part of low class tastes,meaningless questions for candidates.However, it also helps us understand how capable our future chief executive is even though the low level questions could cause his anger.

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  2. Actually I'm not even expecting anything from any of the candidates. Like many others I know too well what they can do and what not, with the latter far exceeding the former. As someone born and bred here with a deep and irreplaceable emotional attachment to this city, I just can't help wondering why so many voluntarily choose to be nasty and irresponsible without doing any good, even for their own self.
    On China - I'm getting worried about what would happen on the mainland. The local and, occasionally, the central governments are showing signs of panic. They know too well that people are grumpy and unhappy, but they do not know what to do other than repeating the mistakes of repression. Worse still, the local officials are dying to embezzle as much as they can so that they can leave the country before anyone else. From the rising number of protests and riots at local levels to the ridiculous demolition of private property and persecution of dissent, I'm wondering if the clock has already started ticking.

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  3. Anonymous12:55 am

    Yes, we are worried. Here are some newspaper cuttings:-

    香港政客、官員利用地鐵逃走,避開洶湧群情。高速鐵路撥款爭議,成千上萬市民包圍立法會,要求與責任官員對話,但不得要領,原來官員與支持撥款的多名議員,在警察如臨大敵保護下,竄進地底,乘地鐵離去。

    勞永樂: 含銀匙出生的富二代,參加特首選舉,刻意安排到貧窮社區宣布參選。但面對突如其來的抗議行動,以百計鎂光燈閃個不停,市民人頭湧湧,他的反應亦是竄進地底,乘地鐵離去。市民已經看透,處身群眾之中令富二代不安,因為他慣常位置是騎在群眾頭上;他之所以能騎在群眾頭上,非經過甚麼努力、作過甚麼拚搏,而是因父輩庇蔭、當權者眷顧而已。

    勞永樂:領導人是「蠢如豬」抑或「奸且狠」未必是問題,香港人真正擔心的是沒有制衡非民選特首的自主權。目前的制衡,權在共產黨之手,港人認為極為不濟的特首,共產黨往往力撐繼續「依法施政」,直至非不得已,遲遲才換人!

    中國官場瀰漫着追求大排場、大氣勢、大派頭、大規格、華而不實的歪風,「三公消費」尾大不掉,官員貪圖享樂,追名逐利,不僅勞民傷財,更是滋生腐敗的溫床。近年來,在自己「一畝三分地」上為所欲為,一言九鼎,講排場,比闊氣,作威作福的官員,最終因貪腐罪行曝光而丟官的,可謂數不勝數。

    申小舟:請鐵道部發言人王勇平「出山」相助:「中國外逃貪官愈來愈少,職務也愈來愈低。刮走的民脂民膏全追回來了,國庫沒有任何損失,至於你信不信由你,我反正是信了。」

    7.23事故调查拖上多个月,将淡出人们的视线。事故仍会发生,但决不会引人注目了。我们不相信党中央国务院。确实,中国一派非民選人員為所欲為,作威作福的人員繼續「依法施政」。

    劉夢熊:六月二十七日,溫家寶總理在英國皇家學會發表題為《未來中國的走向》的演講。他在講話中再次指出:「在人類歷史上,在反對封建專制鬥爭中形成的民主、法治、自由、平等、人權等觀念,是人類精神的一次大解放。」「沒有民主就沒有社會主義。真正的民主離不開自由。真正的自由離不開經濟權利和政治權利的保障。」
    林和立: 唱紅運動的目的是愚民,把一億四千萬中國人禁錮在老毛那封建落後的精神國度裏,讓他們變成永遠不會向中共說不的雷鋒式羔羊。

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  4. Sorry, but what is your point? Or are you just providing some "evidence" about your worries?

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