Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Thoughts on the Legislative Council Elections 2012

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.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:54 am

    When HK was a British colony, there was no programme to develop political leaders. University students were appointed to key positions to act as translators as well as a barrier for juniors to rise to senior positions in government. These executive officers were rotated to different departments so that they could not build up any significant working relation with the professionals in the department. Key and senior positions were filled up by officers or trainees sent out from London.

    HK people has been hardworking and innovative to problem solving. This can be reflected in the economic bloom in the 60s’ and 70’s.

    Margret Thatcher thought that she could negotiate a second 99-year lease with Teng but she fell down the stairs of the People’s Hall in Beijing when her naïve thinking misled her foot step.

    The 1989 student movement turned ugly and many capable or rich families abandoned their business and apartments and fled to countries like Canada and Australia. Some thirty-eight thousand families stayed in HK as they were secured with the right of abode in the U.K. The majority left behind were poor and not so well educated root class citizens.

    Here are some issues arising from the recent LegCo election in HK:
     It is not surprised to see that some political parties adopt tactics such as offering cakes, sponsoring tours and snake dinners can attract many elderlies to cast their votes to the candidate running the show from behind.

     Lee wing Tat frankly admitted he failed to work hard on local district matters.

     It is sad to see hardworking and bright LegCo electorates such as Yu and Chan could not gain sufficient votes to carry on with their work when they want to line up the younger generation to enter LedCo.

     It is annoying to see the conflict and agitation of some members attacking others who choose to go along with a more co-operative path with Beijing.

    Here are some analysis on the problems in China:
    The problems in China are largely related to low salary for government officials and the lack of independent parties to audit where tax-payer’s money goes.

    Communism tend to distort human nature and many party leaders deny sex as human nature in the public but privately committed inhumane acts.

    In many countries, breast feeding children in the house is a common practice. What is wrong with breast feedings? Why the exposure of a female nipple is banned in some countries? In Italy, there are numerous nude sculptures. No church asks for the cover up of these sculptures.

    What is the driving force behind many to get rich? There are many property giants gaining their wealth by dominating the agency sectors and getting inside influence on the sale of land.

    We may generalise the phenomenon as follows:-

    A boy is underfed during infancy and he grows up with the determination to make himself rich by all means  marrying a girl from a rich family  getting closer to the upper and ruling class to gain inside knowledge on the sale of land and start playing financial tricks  messing with the young who can satisfy the ever hunger for numerous sexual partners and driving his wife crazy  getting rid of those who are blocking the way  spoiling the lazy second or the third generation to live on the wealth created  family splitting up claiming for a bigger share of the wealth  some eventually go bankrupt.  poor boy growing up….

    This is repeated again and again and the viscous cycle continues in the West as well as in the East.

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  2. Anonymous3:55 am

    What can we do to stop the non-sense? I have no solid idea but I would suggest the following changes are made in HK as a start:

    1. MAINTAIN FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND INDIVIDUAL CRITICAL THINGING - When everyone is free to express one’s opinion, there is no dominated opinion and self correction for wrong doing can be assured.
    2. REFORM LAW ABOUT BODY EXPOSURE IN PUBLIC - Change the perception that female nipples and sex are mysterious and forbidden. Accept that breast feeding is the best form of nutrient for infants and only sick mothers need to supply artificial milk to their babies. Sex is human nature and giving birth to babies by happy couples tied with a contract is the best form of social development and the corner stone for civilization of mankind.
    3. GENUINE DEMOCRATIC ELECTION - Democratic selection of chief executive and the LegCo by all citizen is the only way to ensure that power can be transferred smoothly and that more and more capable civil servants can rise to serve HK better.

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  3. I think one of the most acute problems in Hong Kong now is that we do enjoy the freedom of speech and expression, but it is more often abused than properly exercised. If you think Beijing is trying to mute unwanted voices, you are either overestimating Beijing's capability or underestimating ours. What I mean is that many Hong Kong people are now actually doing exactly the same thing as the communists do. They tend to bully and insult people who dare to express a different point of view from the so-called "majority" or "mainstream" in order to "correct" the minds of those people. Seldom do they use reason or sensible arguments, but fierce finger-pointing and witch-hunting. Unfortunately the media has an undeniable role of taking the lead in this shameful endeavour.

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  4. For genuine democratic elections, I don't think most Hong Kong people have a problem with this. The key question is how we can achieve this goal. And none of the political parties in Hong Kong ever bother to propose any blueprint or wild ideas. This is what I have been asking repeatedly in my blog posts. Do we want to topple the communist regime? If we don't, and we can't, how we are going to get along with our sovereign in Beijing that is genuinely against any attempt to challenge its absolute superiority? Why can't we focus on the real issues, brainstorm some ideas and get the ball rolling?

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  5. Anonymous3:39 am

    Yes. the big question is “What is next for HK?”

    When HK was forced to come under PRC as a Special administration Region, HK people has no choice but to accept that democratic living can only be assured until 2047 . Long before that we have seen infiltration networks have been planted in every corner and the election system has been carefully designed (reference Chow Sau Lan’s analysis) to ensure that only the preferred ones can be designated to hold LegCo seats representing functional constituencies and district boards. All grass root citizens can be lined up easily and voting synchronized by a most efficient allocation network.

    The initial driving force against patriotic education for the pro-Beijing autocrats came from educational professionals and religious groups.

    Can HK and Beigjing really work together forsome common goals? 歐錦棠 and 萬斯敏 have explained very well how two can come together and work towards a common goal based on love. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r57adWIO8Zg

    I am afraid the different agendas can never come together.

    HK needs some new bloods such as Wong Tze Fung to steer the way forward.

    He has the following charismas:
    1. Clear and simple objectives
    2. Logical thinking on setting goals, methodologies, tactics
    3. Consistent and polite
    4. Team working

    By contrast, we have highly paid government officials that fail to listen and read opposition opinions and understand the basic issues on the subject.

    We can say HK is being destroyed by a handful of extremely selfish property tycoons who made money for themselves, their mistresses and their decedents. We need many who really care for the well being of HK, China and the world for a better living planet.

    When we have hope, faith (not necessarily religious faith), and love, we can make future generations living in more peaceful environment.

    All living creatures strive for one's own survival. But human beings should do better and respect each other’s territories and share resources in sustainable manner. However, it is naïve to lay back and just think that our good will can protect us from being destroyed by someone who acts mercilessly on us. The lessons of 918, the killing of 300 thousands in NanJing and the like should not be forgotten.

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  6. Pardon me for my pessimism. I don't think Hong Kong people are bold enough to make change, nor are they capable of doing so. When we point our fingers at the rich and powerful, have we asked ourselves what we can do to resist the much-touted "hegemony", if it ever exists? Too many of us are even reluctant to use a different mobile phone than their friends and relatives! So many people out there are still waiting for the right leader to emerge. But why not start with what we can do and let it grow like viral marketing?

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  7. Anonymous11:25 am

    It seems too distressing to suggest that democratic election is not likely to come to HK in a foreseeable future. Perhaps I should say that a democratic election will come when China has a democratic election. For the remaining term of the first 50 years of Retuning to China, I fail to see it will happen.

    In the interim HK people perhaps can upgrade themselves to understand what democracy really means. It is necessary for the politicians and their rivals alike to learn the skills and manners of engagement in a debate rather than always ending up to a shouting match. To the populace the one who shouts the loudest and uses the most offensive language wins the day. How sad! HK people have a long way to go.

    To deal with Beijing is a challenging job. One needs to know the devil’s language without selling his/her soul to the devil. (National Education??) Do not expect you can make a killing in the process. In my recollection, the only people who can screw Beijing are their fellow communist brothers, Stalin, Khrushchev. HK nevertheless may still count on another 35 years of relative freedom. Enjoy while it lasts. After that everything is open for negotiation. Beijing with whom, that is the question.

    Under the British HK was a borrowed land in a borrowed time. Now it is a bonded land in a borrowed time.

    Samson
    Ontario, Canada

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