How can Beijing continue to deceive the people of Hong Kong with its 1 country 2 systems lie?We will keep sacrificing ourselves for our country’s democracy.The re-arrest of Joseph Wong shows that we, as Hong Kong citizens, aren’t staying silent about the ongoing threat to our freedom of political expression. The Communist Party of China shouldn’t be allowed to have drastically changed the political status quo of Hong Kong by having a fully elected Chief Executive and legislature.The foundations of Hong Kong’s society has been built on a British system of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.
These form the fundamentals of human rights. Lives and personalities of the Hong Kong people have been influenced and created, in part, due to the moral walls they lived within. July 1st, 1997 changed all of this. China took back ownership of Hong Kong and now are trying to control, influence and change the very fundamentals of the society within. China’s society lives within a different moral code, proven in many ways, such as their legal system, birth control and constant disdain for anything western. Hong Kong, on the other hand, is recognised on the global banking stage and has very firm historical morals and values based on the rights and importance of their people.
Under the supposed “one country, two system’ rule agreed by Beijing upon the return of HK to China’s rule on the 1st July, 1997, political expression and democracy views should not have changed. Two systems means exactly that – two systems, which should enable China to continue in their political path without enforcing any of their systems or viewpoints onto the people of Hong Kong. It is grossly wrong and unjust to prevent the people of Hong Kong from behaving in historical ways with liberties allowed such as freedom of speech, personal expression and ultimately in a democratic society.
The undemocratic voting by Beijing of Carrie Lam, now the Chief Executive of hong Kong, has started the flood of activistits rising up to protest for their right to freedom of speech. Friday the 26th September, 2014 marked a revolutionary pro-democracy social movement that took over Hong Kong. I was proud to be a part of this so called ‘umbrella movement’. Concerned about the increasing control over hong kong by Beijing, the young and old citizens of hong kong began to rise up. Never before had I witnessed Hong Kong packed with such a gathering of people unhappy with their government. Following this headline grabbing mass protest, the ‘activist movement’ has gathered pace pushing one of the main activist leaders, a Hong Kong student, Joseph Wong, fully into the political spotlight and arena.
“I hope that even if I go to jail, it will motivate more and more HongKongers to commit to determine our future, instead of fully relying on those ruling class who dominated our future” – Joshua Wong, Hong Kong pro-democracy Activist Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIt is important that the International Community realize that Hong Kong is already under an authoritarian rule. Hong Kong needs to be put under the spotlight and make people realize that China is completely violating human rights. I strongly believe that the government are sending the lead activists like Joshua Wong to prison for as long as possible, in order to obstruct their chances of running for election. All Hong Kong citizens must become more aware and fight for their right to democracy. Even with the main leaders jailed, HongKongers can’t step backwards.
We need to fight for our front line position. Hong Kong citizens needs to work together to create a louder voice and prove to Beijing that our human rights are not negotiable. This is our home and our children’s future. Giving up is not an option, and we need to prove to China that we aren’t going to give up. “I’m tired, and I’m scared, but I will still keep on fighting” – Joshua Wong — Carrie Lam (HK Chief Executive)Together, we can build a better Hong KongChina is a great country.
We support Hong Kong dearly. We know we can make Hong Kong a better country. By holding hands with China, Hong Kong can flourish and prosper.To lead this process Hong Kong has chosen the right Chief Executive in me. I am by far the most effective person for the role of guiding Hong Kong into the bright, new future of 1 country, 2 systems.I assure that I will do my absolute utmost to achieve unity in Hong Kong’s society and connect all different people together. This will create a better economy, people’s livelihood, and a more democratic society. We need to safeguard Hong Kong’s core values through “caring, listening, and acting”.
The ignorant and disruptive protesters of Hong kong should consider all angles before jumping to conclusions. China has the greatest economic growth in the world. In fact, the economic growth is increasing by 10% every 30 years.People are scared of change, but Beijing, and I as the new HK Chief Executive, will show the unruly amongst us that change can be good and progressive. I want Hong Kong to be a city full of hope and happiness where we are all proud to call our home If Hong Kong wasn’t aligned with Beijing, they wouldn’t have any economic benefits. Central Investment from Beijing won’t be forthcoming if Hong Kong turns its back on Beijing with a critical agenda such as infrastructure, contracts overseas, and help with macro economic measures.
Tourism from China is one of Hong Kong’s most lucrative economy, without alignment with China, this would be compromised.It’s common sense. If Hong Kong’s 26 Kilometer of the high speed rail wants to tap into this massive network of high speed trains in the mainland, we have to have colocation and this requires partnership. I am thoroughly aware of the lack of understanding from the Hong Kong citizens so, as Chief Executive, I will try my best to prevent the misunderstanding and help the two legal sectors.
A lot of Hong Kongers believe that I have forgotten that home and cultural dynamics have changed, and supposedly multiple generations no longer live under one roof. This is incredibly incorrect. In the past 5 years, 4 and a half of which I was Chief Secretary, Hong Kong’s social welfare program has grown by 71%.Elderly people are now receiving Old Age Allowance, which is going to be enhanced to over HK$3,400 a month.
I am also working hard to build more Old People’s Homes. 5 of Hong Kong’s Universities are amongst the top 100 in the world, with many well trained professors. I am clearly developing Hong Kong and making it a much better place to live in. It is short sighted and naive to consider we cannot learn from the strength of such a bigger and older country as China.
Hong Kong is great and with an open mind and the right leadership, it will become a greater place. Stand with me and embrace change with open arms.