Monday, 7 July 2014

Making Dangerous Presumptions

Lawrence Ma Yung-yi is against Occupy Central
In Hong Kong these days, the atmosphere is "you're either with us, or against us".

People are dividing into either the Occupy Central camp or anti-Occupy Central.

And the anti-Occupy Central side is mounting a strong campaign, using big words like "illegal" and "radicals", "dangerous", and "damaging Hong Kong's economy".

If it's going to adversely affect the city's businesses, then why not rally the government and Beijing to have a dialogue with Occupy Central organizers about some kind of compromise?

After all that's what Occupy Central wants -- a rational and productive discussion.

But the anti-Occupy Central group is becoming more shrill in its pessamistic chorus.

The latest to join in?

Lawrence Ma Yung-yi, chief executive of Lee Heng Diamond Group, which includes a dozen enterprises in the diamond industry, such as MaBelle, Mabros and Falconer Jewellers.

He is a member of the National People's Congress and previously been part of several election committees in Hong Kong.

Ma sent out an email to his staff, calling them "children" and advising them not to join the Occupy Central movement.

"Children... you love democracy and joined the July 1 rally. You clashed with the police, occupied roads, stormed the Legislative Council and are at odds with the mainland," Ma wrote on Friday.

"You listen to Benny Tai Yiu-ting [co-organizer of of Occupy Central and a law professor at the University of Hong Kong] and challenge the law," the email reads.

"Students, wake up. Do you see... the children of Tai's Ronny Tong Ka-wah's and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee's [Civic Party politicians] come out? These people only ask other people's children to fight for democracy, paving the road for their children," he wrote.

"I'd like to ask if any of these people were among the 511 people arrested: pan-democratic lawmakers, the three co-organizers of Occupy Central, Anson Chan Fang On-sang [former chief secretary], Martin Lee [Democratic Party founder], and Jimmy Lai Chee-ying [Next Media chairman]. If not, do not ask other people's children to carry out [acts of] civil disobedience and break the law," he said.

In fact three politicians were among the 511 arrested -- Albert Ho Chun-yan, Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Yiu-chung.

It is highly presumptuous of Ma to assume all his employees joined the rally or support the Occupy Central movement.

One employee who wished to remain anonymous to keep his job said he was disgusted by the email because "whatever political beliefs we hold are not the company's business".

"I was quite worked up when I read it. Both the tone it took and the content were humiliating, not to mention it's none of his business," the employee said.

Ma seems to be appealing for higher moral ground, but in the process has taken on the role of Confucian father instructing his underlings by belittling them.

It wouldn't be surprising if many of them rebelled just because.

And it just shows how the ruling elite are so out of touch with reality for the average person in Hong Kong.

1 comment:

  1. I would tell Lawrence Ma Yung-yi to go f--- off (or p--- off) about his advice, even in his face. what a moron....

    well, the HK Police is becoming licensed thugs of the mainland by telling the demostrators "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" very similar line to the Mainland CCP Public Security Bureau.

    Is HK becoming a police state like China? hmmm...
    No wonder more and more are process of "checking out" by immigrating elsewhere to escape HK and China...