15 December 2018
Some pan-democrats want the Youngspiration duo, Leung Chung-hang (right) and Yau Wai-ching, to publicly apologize and then retake their oaths properly. Photo: Reuters
Some pan-democrats want the Youngspiration duo, Leung Chung-hang (right) and Yau Wai-ching, to publicly apologize and then retake their oaths properly. Photo: Reuters

Begging won’t work when it comes to fighting for democracy

Another week has passed and Leung Chun-ying seems to be one more step closer to re-election.

Meanwhile, all that washed-up pan-democrats could come up with to stall Leung’s victory was to take advantage of the oath-taking saga sparked by the Youngspiration duo in a desperate attempt to build an anti-Leung hype around it.

Such rearguard action is unlikely to significantly undermine Leung’s election prospects.

Hong Kong people probably only have themselves to blame if Leung really gets his second term.

That’s because even to this day, many citizens have remained so naive they still buy into the pan-democrats’ notion that the only way to achieve democracy in this city is to stay submissive to Beijing and play loyal subjects, and by behaving in this humble way, hopefully one day our Beijing bosses may finally relent and grant us universal suffrage.

Unfortunately, as I have pointed out over and over again, this is indeed nothing but a myth cooked up by the hypocritical pan-democrats to cheat us out of our votes.

The truth is, in the eyes of the communists, might is always right, and more submission will only result in more oppression rather than leniency.

Perhaps some of the pan-democrats who are now so intimidated by the ongoing ultra-nationalist frenzy provoked by the pro-Beijing faction might believe the best way out for the entire pro-democracy camp is for the Youngspiration duo to publicly apologize and then retake their oaths properly.

However, in my opinion, if the two young lawmakers did succumb to pressure and retract what they said amid CY Leung’s attempt to bring them to their knees by filing a judicial review application, it would be so much for the dignity and independence of our legislature.

Sadly, it is apparent that some pan-democrats just couldn’t care less about the dignity and independence of our legislature. All they are concerned about is staying out of trouble and keeping their nice jobs.

To make things worse, rather than defending the independence of our legislature, some legal elites such as Professor Albert Chen Hung-yee seem to have put themselves in the government’s shoes and are eagerly helping the Department of Justice to justify its judicial review application to bar the two young lawmakers from retaking their oaths.

As far as the Youngspiration duo are concerned, I am not going to suggest to them what to do and how to do it when they retake their oaths, because I respect them as authentic existentialists and I am confident that they can handle whatever is going to happen to them.

I have seriously studied the main themes and pledges of some of the leading political groups arising from the Occupy Movement such as Youngspiration, Hong Kong Indigenous and Hong Kong National Party, and I have found that these young people are indeed true believers in existentialism.

Many people are under the impression that existentialists are often detached and disconnected from the real world, but in fact they are not.

On the contrary, truly devoted existentialists will not hesitate to rise up and defy the status quo if they find themselves living in a world dominated by absurdity, and this is exactly the kind of world that we are living in right now.

They are definitely rebels with a cause, and their defiance is not meant to upset people, but to take back the power to redefine the meaning of life and social values.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct. 25.

Translation by Alan Lee with additional reporting

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