(Translated by Chapman Chen)
The constitutional reform proposal put forth by the Chun-yin Leung (Chief Executive of Hong Kong) regime was voted down on June 18. According to the pro-establishment legislators’ explanation, the reason why 33 of them were absent when the proposal was put to the vote was because they wanted to buy time for Lau Wong-fat (legislator cum Chairman of the powerful Heung Yee Kuk, which represents the interests of the New Territories establishment) to rush to Legco and vote for the proposal.
However, man proposes and God presides. Eight pro-constitutional reform legislators, being unclear about the purpose of their “comrades” leaving the site, remained seated in the assembly hall, such that the constitutional reform proposal was vetoed with 28 no votes and only 8 yes votes.
Actually, a few months ago, Che Kung already foretold the establismentarians’ reaping their own sowing. Che Kung is a military commander of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279) whose advantageous power for suppressing uprisings and plagues made him a household name. He is honoured in a Che Kong Temple at Shatin.
On the first day of the 2015 Lunar New Year, Lau Wong-fat Lau, in accordance with local customs, went to the Che Kung Temple at Shatin, and drew for Hong Kong a divination stick bearing the number 20. The contents of the stick read:
Morning make-up, dew-hue and hair-bun cloud,
Jade pendant, pearl-face and silver-like robe,
Form is vanity, vanity is form
That’s Mother Buddha’s advice to mankind
According to an original note to the stick, the poem quoted above indicates that the stick drawer must not be greedy. And the stick interpreter of the temple added that the stick advised Hongkongers to be practical, otherwise they would end up with nothing. During an interview, Lau himself interpreted the stick as Che Kung advising Hongkongers to pocket CY Leung’s constitutional reform proposal first (the proposal has been criticized by pan-democrats as undemocratic).
In retrospect, it now seems that Lau Wong-fat has not learnt from the stick. This time his failure to get to the Legco and vote for the proposal on time may be regarded as a slap in the face of the Pro-Establishment Camp.