Sunday, 26 July 2015

DAB Desperate for Praise

DAB's Starry Lee Wai-king greets NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang in Beijing
Earlier this week members of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) paid a visit to the Chinese capital, in the Great Hall of the People to meet with senior Chinese officials.

The delegation, led by Starry Lee Wai-king, told Chinese officials that the DAB needed more encouragement and recognition for its "hard work", as Beijing urged the group to take a "leading role" in uniting fellow loyalists after the failed political reform package last month.

"Many patriots have been making lots of contributions to the city, but it seems they are not given enough recognition," a DAB source said. "Not many people [from the DAB] are appointed to the National People's Congress or the Chinese People's Consultative Conference as the seats are limited, but it would be great if some 'honorary recognition' could be given."

It's amusing for the DAB for ask for this in its pilgrimage to Beijing (its first since 2006) when members of the group botched voting on the political reform package when a number of them walked out of the Legislative Council chamber last month.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may seek a second term
They were waiting for Heung Yee Kuk former chairman Lau Wong-fat to show up, but he was stuck in traffic. And even though many legislative councillors walked out, there were still enough inside the chamber to vote and so they did, resulting in a 28-8 against the package.

It is akin to a student asking a teacher for gold stars when the pupil's academic performance is barely a pass, despite his or her seemingly "hard work".

Nevertheless, it seems that Beijing has been outwardly stoic about the political reform package failing to pass, and instead is already focused on the future.

Zhang Dejiang, National People's Congress chairman and the state leader in charge of Hong Kong's affairs, says the DAB must now work with its allies to win a two-thirds majority in Legco in next year's election.

"I hope the DAB find out what is good and hold fast to it and make a difference," he said. "It should have a clear-cut stand on loving the country and Hong Kong... and be willing to take on heavy responsibilities."

It is also believed Zhang urged the DAB to support Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and if they win a two-thirds majority in Legco, then they will be able to pass the political reform package.

So it seems Beijing is still keen on passing the package as is, and that the Hong Kong government never bothered to listen to its citizens on how they want to vote for their next chief executive in 2017.

The current proposal has two to three candidates vetted by a 1,200 nomination committee with its members appointed by Beijing. Then some 5 million eligible voters in Hong Kong would be able to vote on these pre-approved candidates.

However, this was not what a number of local residents wanted, which later spurred the 79-day Occupy protests in the city last fall.

This just demonstrates how Beijing is determined to have things its way, because, as we've said before, it has no understanding or appreciation of how democracy works, and it wants to make sure the results are a foregone conclusion.

Which is why Hong Kong has had three chief executives so far who have apparently obediently followed Beijing's directives that have resulted in the city's performance declining in all aspects -- these last few weeks it's been traces of lead in public housing water pipes -- thus further evidence of complacency and no interest in having Hong Kong ruled by Hong Kong.

Beijing is currently shoring up support for Leung -- despite his incompetency and lack of popularity -- and is urging the DAB to be behind him all the way, should he seek a second term.

It's a tough pill to swallow, but knowing the DAB, they will be obedient because they really want those gold stars...

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