Date
18 August 2017
Lau Nai-keung was reportedly the assistant editor-in-chief of the Undergrad in 1969, when an article on Hong Kong independence (inset) was published in the newsletter.  Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Lau Nai-keung was reportedly the assistant editor-in-chief of the Undergrad in 1969, when an article on Hong Kong independence (inset) was published in the newsletter. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Lau Nai-keung ‘advocated HK independence in 1969′

Basic Law Committee member Lau Nai-keung, who has spoken vigorously against Hong Kong independence, was himself an advocate of the controversial proposal back in the 1960s, news website post852.com reported.

Lau has been an outspoken critic of the Hong Kong University Student Union (HKUSU) after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying criticized the student body in his policy address for publishing articles on Hong Kong independence in its newsletter Undergrad.

Lau wrote several articles against HKUSU. He was quoted as saying in numerous interviews that tough measures beyond verbal criticisms must be taken against those who support Hong Kong independence, or else those people would “go out of hand”.

He also branded the editors of Undergrad as ignorant young people.

But Chan Ya-ming, former assistant editor-in-chief of Undergrad, said in a Facebook post that the newsletter published an article back in 1969 declaring that “it is only a matter of emotional appeal demanding that Hong Kong and China should be linked together” and “independence for Hong Kong is best as there is zero benefits in linking up with China”.

Chan said it was interesting to note that Lau was the assistant editor-in-chief of the Undergrad editorial board that year, clearly showing that Lau was involved in publishing articles supporting Hong Kong independence.

Chan said the arguments presented in the article, although written about more than 45 years ago, were still spot on when applied to Hong Kong today.

The 1969 article suggested that people understood independence was in principle the best thing for the city, but they thought it was an impossible goal because of serious technical difficulties and many avoided discussing the issue.

The article went on to say that avoiding the issue was ignoring reality and fooling oneself, Chan said.

Chan asked people to spread the news and express their gratitude to Lau for pioneering the discussion of Hong Kong independence decades ago.

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