Executive Council member Regina Ip is amazed by the extensive use of technology applications in the ongoing Occupy Central movement, saying the protesters appeared to have made comprehensive planning and preparations for the civil disobedience campaign, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.
Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting on Thursday, Ip noted that the protesters were using a wide array of apps including Twitter, Google Maps, Firechat, Telegram and Zello Walkie Talkie. This indicates that the movement has some backing from outside forces.
Ip’s remarks run counter to those of Legco president Jasper Tsang who said recently he did not see foreign powers involved in the protests.
Many netizens have since mocked Ip’s comments, noting that her New People’s Party is probably still using the traditional telegram or pigeons to transmit messages, or perhaps concealing notes in moon cakes as practiced by ancient Chinese intelligence agents.
Some even challenged Ip to disclose the brand of her smartphone, suggesting that the former secretary for security might be linked to “foreign powers” if she is using a foreign brand such as Samsung or Apple’s iPhone.
In the same Legco meeting, Ann Chiang of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said she is unsure about the notion of genuine and fake universal suffrage. She said a search on the internet revealed that the term “genuine universal suffrage” actually originated from Hong Kong’s Scholarism headed by Joshua Wong.
Chiang went on to suggest that public nomination is a beautiful but illusory concept. She asked if there is a place on earth where the leader is nominated by the public.
In response, Albert Ho of the Democratic Party said there are so many examples. He cited the presidential election in Taiwan, where James Soong was nominated by the public as a candidate.
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