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22 January 2017
Lawmaker-elect Lau Siu-lai (right) says the idea of self-determination cannot be translated into real action as long as the majority of Hong Kong people remain apathetic and indifferent to politics. Photo: HKEJ
Lawmaker-elect Lau Siu-lai (right) says the idea of self-determination cannot be translated into real action as long as the majority of Hong Kong people remain apathetic and indifferent to politics. Photo: HKEJ

Self-determination idea nothing but a ‘concept stock’

Lawmaker-elect Lau Siu-lai recently told the Hong Kong Economic Journal that the idea of Hong Kong self-determination is like a “concept stock” at this stage and probably won’t materialize for 10 years.

It cannot be translated into real action as long as the majority of Hong Kong people remain apathetic and indifferent to politics.

She hit the nail on the head.

We should give her credit for being candid about her limitations, unlike some washed-up pan-democrats who have been flaunting impressive but unrealistic slogans such as “building a democratic China”.

To them, empty promises such as “fighting for democracy”, “seeking vindication of the June 4 incident” and “putting an end to one-party dictatorship in China” are best-selling concept stocks they have been living off for the past three decades.

As long as there are voters who buy their stories and naked lies, these pan-democrats can hang around.

Just look at how they conveniently forgot the Sept. 28 second anniversary of the street protests which will go down in history as the beginning of a new chapter in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

They constantly remind people of the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown that took place 2,000 kilometers away 25 years ago but deliberately ignored the democracy movement that happened right in our midst.

What kind of logic is that?

To make things worse, some newly elected young activists belonging to the post-Occupy Central generation are trying to divert public attention from the pressing, unfinished business of fighting for democracy by pushing for self-determination and amendments to the Basic Law come 2047.

The idea is as stupid and laughable as it gets, like pitching a concept stock that won’t pay any dividend for 30 years.

Why would any investor buy a stock when they are not even sure they are still alive by the time it starts to pay off?

I will be six-feet under by 2047, but as a political commentator, I feel morally compelled to warn young people about the 2047 hoax being perpetrated by the pan-democrats and some young politicians who have already betrayed their own convictions.

The last thing I want is to see young people conned out of their vote again.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Sept. 28

Translation by Alan Lee

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