Date
27 May 2017
EAC’s new measure requires Legco candidates to sign a declaration pledging acceptance of Hong Kong's status as part of China. Photo: HKEJ
EAC’s new measure requires Legco candidates to sign a declaration pledging acceptance of Hong Kong's status as part of China. Photo: HKEJ

What we must do ahead of the Legco election

As I commented in a previous article in May, Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) chairman Barnabas Fung Wah had proved to be unfit for the job.

Fung has been incompetent and negligent, and has also failed to be impartial.

During the legco by-election earlier this year, Fung played “thought police” as he coordinated with the Postal Department to ban election campaign advertising materials of candidates of a localist group.

Then, he collaborated with the ICAC and mounted a white terror against netizens who posted online messages in support of candidates representing the indigenous faction, on a flimsy charge of violating electoral laws governing election advertisements.

Now, Fung’s latest masterpiece is to suddenly require anyone intending to run in the upcoming Legco election to sign a declaration pledging acceptance of Hong Kong’s status as an inseparable part of China.

There are so many pressing issues waiting to be dealt with by the EAC, such as the rampant vote-rigging by pro-Beijing parties, the almost open interference of Beijing’s Liaison Office in our local elections, and the huge campaign donations funding the pro-establishment camp from mysterious sources.

However, Fung has completely turned a blind eye to all these illegal activities, choosing instead to serve as an agent of his big bosses in Beijing. The way Fung has betrayed both his own profession and the people of Hong Kong is as ugly and decadent as it can get.

As I always say, never resign yourself to fate. Don’t be afraid to take your future back into your own hands. Only by doing so can the people of Hong Kong truly break free of Beijing’s bondage and shape their own future.

Having said that, I urge all of my fellow citizens to take part in a “revolution”. Revolution is not necessarily violent; it always begins with the mind, so everyone can be a revolutionist.

Get onto social media and offer your views on how to topple the status quo and return power to the people. And send the message to as many people as possible and spread the idea. Such actions will generate a powerful social force if everyone does their bit.

I hereby call on everyone to use your vote as a weapon in the upcoming Legco election to vote for those who support the revolutionist cause. Don’t waste your vote on hypocritical pan-democratic candidates.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jul 19

Translation by Alan Lee

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RC

HKEJ columnist

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