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.


  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.

  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.

  3. Anonymous12:55 am

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


    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。





    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。

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


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