A month after the pro-democracy Occupy campaign ended, the administration of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying appears keen on rebuilding relations with Hong Kong’s youth.
Wen Wei Po, a pro-Beijing newspaper, reported on Tuesday that the government, in a bid to improve soured relations with the young people, is planning to invite some social organizations to sponsor a pop music concert.
One of the musicians mentioned in the report is Mayday, a Taiwanese alternative rock band that is well-known for its pro-democracy stance.
The news immediately drew a denial from the manager of Mayday, saying that the band has not received any request from the Hong Kong government.
The band is scheduled to hold a concert in Hong Kong four months from now, as it has promised to meet its fans in the territory every year in May, but it is still looking for a venue.
The government apparently means well in planning a concert to delight the youth, but it has derailed the plan by prematurely leaking it to a pro-Beijing newspaper, which in the first place is not the favorite publication of most youngsters.
Mayday has been on the frontline of the struggle against the Taiwanese government’s pro-Beijing policies. Its songs served as inspiration for many of the young activists who led the campaign against Taiwan’s free trade deal with mainland China.
The Song of Lanling Wang, one of the band’s most famous compositions, expresses the people’s desire to play a role in society, and is one of the top three theme songs played in social activities in Taiwan.
Given Mayday’s political orientation, it’s highly doubtful if the rock band will allow itself to serve the purpose of deodorizing the Hong Kong government after its police attacked young activists with tear gas and pepper spray during the Occupy campaign.
Besides, would the hosting of a music concert be considered a sincere effort on the part of the government officials to reach out to the youth if their words and actions say something else?
The Chief Executive began his policy address on Wednesday by taking a dig at the pro-democracy activists.
He accused a University of Hong Kong student publication of advocating self-reliance and self-determination for the territory, which he stressed is a fallacy as Hong Kong is a part of China.
Regardless of his reason for attacking pro-democracy students in his policy address, it certainly will not endear him to the youth.
CY Leung is fast losing touch with the people. The latest survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong shows that his aproval rating continues to decline. There is absolutely no need for him to bring it down further by antagonizing the youth.
But it seems he cannot help himself. On Tuesday, the Hong Kong leader went back to his old accusation that “external forces” were behind the recent student-led protests.
He said a large amount of material had been disclosed to the public over the past year about millions of Hong Kong dollars being funneled into the Occupy Central kitty.
Occupy Central founder Benny Tai called the allegation a joke, saying that as an academic, it was his responsibility to discuss political issues with foreign officials. Besides, Tai said, the chief executive has no solid evidence to support his allegations.
Again, instead of taking steps to appease the students, CY Leung is accusing them of spreading false ideas and dismissing their 79 days of street occupation as the handiwork of foreign forces.
With such an attitude, how can he expect to rebuild mutual trust between his government and the youth?
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