(Eng. summary below)
At the July 1 Forum by Higher Institutions on One Country Two Systems last evening, Mr. Cheng Lap (merchant & columnist) says, “To promote a civil society in Hong Kong is to promote Hong Kong independence, for what a civil society most cherishes is loyalty. And the touchstone to differentiate a Hongkonger from a Mainlander is: When there is a conflict of interest between Hong Kong and China, on which side will you stand?” Mr. Baggio Leung (law-maker disqualified by China for his localist stance) thinks that identification is most important. “During the referendum of Catalonia, firemen protected Catalonian voters from being beaten up by the Spanish police. This won’t happen in HK, for the HK firemen are not one of us. Hong Kong is now like Poland during WWII, about to be ravaged by Hitler. But once we confirm our identity, it will be OK even if we join the HK police force or a pro-Beijing political party, for we can then be a spy for the people of HK.” Mr. Lewis Lourd (writer) says that lawmakers would easily be corrupted by the high pay and status, so that resistance among the folk is more important. Dr. Margaret Ng (Barrister) points out that the HK legco and government are already “disfunctional” so much so that we may have to set up a folk legco. Dr Ng also thinks that being a politician is a responsibility. A politician has to be clear about the reality and equip himself/herself well. Mr Benny Tai (Asso. Prof. of Law, HKU) says that many Hongkongers are short-sighted. “In order to strengthen our civil society, we have to imagine the future that we desire.” Mr. Ko Lun, Host of the forum, concludes that encountered with immense difficulties, Hongkongers have to bravely accept the challenges of our times.