Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Quote of the Day: Fanny Law

Fanny Law's metaphor to encourage young people to love China was ridiculed
Politicians are such quirky characters. They love the limelight so they think of interesting soundbites to say to be captured by the media thus ensuring their spot in the history books.

Executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun has probably made her mark with her latest comments on how young Hong Kong people should view their relationship with the mainland.

In an interview published in pro-Beijing Wen Wei Pao and Ta Kung Pao, Law encouraged young people to love and identify with China from the start.

"It's like dating and getting married. Before falling in love, there should be preliminary and in-depth understanding and then a search for common ground," she said.

Basically the close aide to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is assuming Hong Kong people would like to love China, which is a fundamentally wrong assumption to make.

Needless to say social media had a field day with Law's comments, with TV Most creating a satirical dialogue between a country vowing its love 'would not change for 50 years' despite the fact its lover, presumably Hong Kong, had 'lost its shape' in the years after the handover.

Other have commented that one would not want to even date China in the first place -- that Hong Kong was coerced into the relationship, or that while a relationship with China is fine, that with the Communist Party of China is a deal breaker.

Perhaps Law wants to go back to the drawing board and think of another, better metaphor...

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