Before I continue my writing on Cantonese opera, which is by all means much more enjoyable, inspiring and thus worthy of my humble support, let me scribble a few points of observations and reflections on the Legislative Council elections on Sunday.
Reviewing my blog posts on the same issue four years ago, so much and yet so little has changed.
Elected legislators come and go. Political parties merge and split. Mr Chun-ying Leung has taken over the helm of Hong Kong from Sir Donald Tsang. London has organised the Olympic Games as successfully as Beijing did four years ago. Barack Obama is now running for his second term in office.
What hasn't really changed is the absence of reason and reluctance (or incapability?) to think hard among many people here. The local politicians are perhaps the dullest of all.
Take the Democratic Party as an example. After all these years they still haven't learnt their lesson well. They continue to repeat the same reasons for their election failures: Poor track record in grassroot work and enormous vote allocation mechanisms of the pro-Beijing faction. Fair enough. And true. But they never bother to show any commitment or intention to roll up their sleeves and improve the situation. Let alone any strategy or tactic suggestions. What they have been doing is simply sit under the tree and wait for any issue they can manipulate to their advantage by exploiting the anti-communism sentiments in Hong Kong. But the latest election results show that this dirty old trick doesn't work anymore. Actually the Democrats could have scored much higher by meeting with Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong to discuss constitutional reform. But without accountability to its electorate and the solid backing of groundwork in place, they have fallen prey to their plausible move to break the ice with Beijing. I don't have any information to help me judge whether the meeting was Beijing's trick to smash up the Democratic Party. In retrospect, what I'm pretty sure is that the Democrats were not ready for such a meeting. They have under-estimated the reactions of their supporters and other comrades of the pan-democratic camp. They are too simple, sometimes naive.
Worse still, none of the pro-democrats in Hong Kong now seem big enough to attract Beijing's attention. But local politicians seem reluctant to admit the fact that without Beijing's blessing Hong Kong's constitutional reform is going to nowhere. How we should get along with Beijing to gain their trust and respect, in order to achieve democratisation is a long due question. Certainly this is difficult, because democracy contradicts with totalitarianism. But as we can see from the past 15 years or more, antagonism led by the pro-democratic camps doesn't work either. Criticisms and protests have always been misinterpreted as manifestations of disobedience, non-conformity and even rebellion. How we can change the situation? Or can we change it at all? If the pro-democracy politicians continue to adopt isolation and resistance, what do they really want? Does it mean they are determined to topple the current regime in order to remove the greatest obstacle to democracy in Hong Kong? The pro-democrats still owe us an answer to all these questions. After all these years we need some progress. At least some indication of the direction to which we are heading. No more rhetoric please.
Meanwhile, the victory of three People Power candidates is by no means surprising. God knows how frustrated we Hong Kong people are, but the rich and powerful don't. Rising support for the so-called radicals is little more than an expression of our unbearable lightness of being. Those rich and powerful take us just as a bunch of grumpy, well-fed, brainless kids who should have no reason to complain. But they don't realise that a half-full stomach doesn't guarantee any happiness. Like cats and dogs and other mammal pets, we also need love, care and respect.
Equally frustrating though is the guerrilla, if nasty, strategy of the so-called pro-democracy radicals. What is the point of attacking your comrades? Do you think hurling rubbish and yelling in front of the camera is going to win an olive branch from Beijing? What on earth are you doing all these for? Is venting but nothing else sufficient to justify your existence?
Apparently the greatest frustrations of all come from those shameless chaps from the pro-Beijing, pro-government camps. That they always turn a blind eye to the real issues at stake doesn't prevent them from winning the greatest number of seats in the legislature is incredibly frustrating. I just can't help wondering what on earth we Hong Kong people have done to deserve all these senseless crap. Again, God knows how frustrated I am, but few, if any, of those ladies and gentlemen do. Let alone they care.