Tuesday, 22 September 2015

(Muddled) Quote of the Day: Leung Chun-ying

CY Leung and Zhang Xiaoming two weeks ago at the start of this muddle
After the former deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Chen Zuo'er spoke about how Hong Kong was not properly "de-colonized", and that it was still conducting "de-sinofication", Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying added his two cents' worth.

"Hong Kong, as a special administrative region, has a high degree of autonomy but, at the same time, it also has responsibilities to the country as a whole," he said.

"Similarly, Hong Kong people have basic rights and duties. So, it is a question of following the Basic Law and striking a balance between rights and duties, and also our high degree of autonomy and our responsibilities to the country."

What is Leung talking about?

Chen Zuo'er accuses Hong Kong people of "de-sinofication"
First of all what are our "duties"? We have to pay taxes, obey laws, be civilized human beings to each other, and so on. Why should we have to balance our rights and duties with our high degree of autonomy? We are given all these things in the Basic Law. There is no need to give and take.

When he says "our responsibilities to the country", what does that mean? Do we have to attend the flag raising ceremony every morning? Do we have to sign up for PLA duty? Do we have to know the Chinese anthem by heart? Adopt Chinese babies?

Leung is stepping up the rhetoric and yet he makes no sense at all!

Is Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung going to speak out and interpret what Leung said, or is Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor going to do that? Speaking of which, we haven't heard from her in ages. Maybe she has demanded a sabbatical after the disastrous campaign to push for political reform fell on its face a few months ago.

In any event, can Leung please clarify what he means? We're all waiting with baited breath to know what our duties are to the country...

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