Thursday, 19 March 2015

Leave Her Alone

Ms Chai-yan Leung, who shares the same initials with her father, Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung, has hit the news headlines again over the last couple of days. Netizens and the online media picked up her Facebook posts and made a full-blown fuss. Columnists, journalists, political activists and anonymous people are either ridiculing her and her infamous parents, or consuming her personal grievances in whatever way that pleases them. In most cases, she is compared to the political predicament of Hong Kong, whereby its people want Beijing to leave them alone, but Beijing seems inclined to tighten its grip and surveillance over the increasingly disobedient, obstinate, ungrateful, and even rebellious people of Hong Kong.

I have no intention whatsoever to jump on the bandwagon of consuming someone else's personal life. Whether or not Ms Leung is a naughty, reckless daughter of Chief Executive desperate to seek public attention, or whether she is simply playing a clever trick to embarrass her parents by stirring a public uproar against them, is none of my business. What I am concerned though is whether her accusations of physical abuse is true, and if so, whether there is anything we can do to stop it, and prevent it from happening again.

Actually Mr Leung was quite right by pleading the public to leave her daughter alone. But that was just part of the story. It seems to me that Mr Leung and his wife need to task themselves with the mission impossible of trying to open their mind and understand how and why their daughter thinks in the way she does, even though they do not necessarily agree with her. Problems in parent-and-child relations need to be sorted out between the parties involved. What counsellors and social workers do are little more than giving advice from an impartial, rational (though not necessarily correct or relevant) perspective, but the responsibility of accepting the advice and taking action upon it still lies with the parents and children concerned.

Detested to see newspaper headlines and magazine covers dominated by mugshots of Ms Leung from her Facebook or Instagram posts, as if she has become a wanted fugitive or a living mummy to be hunted for, may I plead for human conscience to leave her alone. The media hunt out of nothing but ruthless and insatiable curiosity will only add to her suffering and make her another victim of public abuse, although she doesn't seem to realise yet.

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