28 October 2016
Young legislators (from left) Eddie Chu, Roy Kwong, Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching should serve as role models to the youth. Photos: Facebook/Eddie Chu, HKEJ
Young legislators (from left) Eddie Chu, Roy Kwong, Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching should serve as role models to the youth. Photos: Facebook/Eddie Chu, HKEJ

How Youngspiration should inspire the youth

Perhaps it’s the exuberance of youth, their spirit of rebelliousness. Or most probably they just want attention.

But nonetheless the infantile behavior displayed by newly elected lawmakers Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chun-hang and Yau Wai-ching during the oath-taking ceremony at the Legislative Council last week didn’t do justice to the name of their political group, Youngspiration.

Certainly, their behavior is far from inspirational to the young people of Hong Kong. Or, if that is how today’s youth should behave, then God have mercy on us all.

Luckily, there are still young and smart legislators.

The difference is that smart ones ask for apology, but the dumb ones are asked to apologize.

Let’s take the case of Roy Kwong Chung-yu, whose display of courage shows that his heart and mind are working together.

The young politician and novelist has demanded that the Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung reverse his decision not to prosecute the superintendent of a rehabilitation center for handicapped children who was accused of sexually assaulting a female resident.

Kwong, who as a Democratic Party candidate secured the highest vote in the superseat election, condemned the Department of Justice for dropping charges against Cheung Kin-wah, co-founder of the Bridge of Rehabilitation Company, after the alleged victim was found unfit for trial.

An online petition signed by more than 100,000 Hongkongers demanded action in the case, which reminds many of the Korean movie Silenced, where a teacher and a human rights activist fight against the school principal, police, prosecutor and church officials who try to cover up a molestation case.

Then we have Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who flew to London on Monday to demand details from the British Home Secretary Amber Rudd on why Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, the new Legco president, could give up his British citizenship so quickly and conclude his application just before he was elected.

Chu, a former newspaper reporter and long-time community organizer, earlier accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of holding secret talks with influential rural leaders that resulted in a plan to displace villagers in Yuen Long. 

Kwong and Chu are good examples of how young legislators can perform their duties well and serve as shining models and inspiration to the youth.

It is legislators like them who deserve to have “Honorable” attached to their names for they are doing what the people who voted for them expect them to do.

But that’s not the case with Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-chung, who face growing pressure for them to apologize for their insulting behavior during the Legco oath-taking last week.

The two localist legislators-elect had to retake the oath this week after they made a mockery of the ceremony by pronouncing “People’s Republic of China” as “People’s Refxxing of Chee-na”.

Not only did the pro-establishment lawmakers find their behavior offensive, many ordinary people found them too childish for the important duties they have been elected to perform.

They made a scene at Legco to proclaim that “Hong Kong is not China” but everyone already knows their position regarding the matter, which is why they got elected in the first place.

All they were able to show is their grossness and lack of decorum.

Well, both declined to apologize for their action, but it probably makes sense for them to do so – sincerely.

Move on and find a more meaningful battle to fight.

Politics, after all, is about compromise. Apparently some youngsters get it, some don’t.

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