Summary: Yesterday’s Kowloon West by-election, won by Hong Kong pro-Beijing candidate Chan Hoi-yan, may be called a farce. It originated from the disqualification by a Hong Kong court of a 2016-democratically-elected, pro-self-determination lawmaker, Lau Siu-lai, on the ground of her elongated oath-taking manner, following Beijing’s interpretation of the HK Basic Law. Baggio Leung, a pro-independence lawmaker disqualified together with Lau in 2016, wonders how come after so many unlawful disqualifications, pan-democrats, like Alvin Yeung from the Civic Party, still deem this election a free one without interference. Pastor Bob Kraft, an American who has been living in HK for decades, thinks that this election is a fake election controlled by Beijing, that Hongkongers should take to the streets rather than take part in it. Besides disqualifications, Beijing has also interfered with the election via new immigrants, pro-Beijing media, etc. Instead of reflecting upon their own problems, like condemning localist and separtists for provoking Beijing, supporting new immigrants-colonizers from China, and no-show of many pan-democrat-lawmakers in critical voting moments in the Legco, the HK pan-democrats put the blame on their defeat on the impact of Frederick Fung, a former ally of the pan-democrats, in splitting votes for the pan-democratic camp. The fact, however, remains that Fung’s votes and Lee’s votes combined was less than Chan’s.
Full Text: This by-election originated from the disqualification by a Hong Kong court of a 2016-democratically-elected, pro-self-determination lawmaker, Lau Siu-lai, on the ground of her elongated oath-taking manner, following Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law of Hong Kong regarding how lawmakers should swear allegiance to the HK and China authorities. Lau is one of the six dissident lawmakers thus disqualified. Lau was again disqualified when she applied to run for the by-election earlier this year by an election officer on the ground that she had advocated self-determination for Hong Kong’s future, though she had already given up that political stance. When Lau was disqualified as a candidate for the by-election, along with others, the pan-democrats put forth Lee Cheuk-yan from the HK Labour Party as Plan B, instead of appealing against the disqualification of Lau as a candidate. Some localists interpret this move as self-castration. The fact remains that localists and pro-HK independence elements did not even bother to run for the fake by-election in order not to “emasculate” themselves once again.
“A free election without interference” after all the disqualifications???
Alvin Yeung, a lawmaker from the Civic Party, has urged Hongkongers to vote for Lee Cheuk-yan in “a free election without interference”, which can show the difference between Hong Kong and China. Sixtus (Baggio) Leung, a pro-independence lawmaker disqualified together with Lau in 2016 for depicting a banner saying “Hong Kong is NOT China” when taking his oath in the Legislative Council, remarked on his facebook wall yesterday, “After all those unlawful disqualifications, someone actually still endorses today’s by-election as a free election, claiming that you are joining and voting in a free election. I really don’t know what it is.” Pastor Bob Kraft, an American who is also a Hong Kong permanent resident, having lived here for decades, thinks likewise:- “With all due respect. I do not feel that ‘freedom’ as a voter; who is given a limited list of those running for elected office and that list is being totally controlled by both communist Hong Kong and Communist China governments. I will not participate or agree to such a fake election or fake democracy or fake freedom regardless of the degree I am being lied to.” “Those engaged in the Legco election need to not go in the Legco where they have absolutely no power to change anything now and need to take to activism on the streets to the public, Kraft goes on, “Of course, they will not get paid, as in Legco massive salaries, and that clearly will show their true allegiance to the true Hong Konger’s as opposed to a communist hong kong government.”
Apart from disqualifications, Beijing has also interfered with yesterday’s election in various other ways. In fact, most mainstream media and even certain net media have been paid off or bought up by Beijing. For instance, yesterday, Takungpao, a HK newspaper directly controlled by The Chinese Communist Party, devoted its entire front page to the support of Chan Hoi-yan, and distributed it free of charge in the streets, in marketplaces, and in housing estates, an act which could have violated election regulations. Moreover, China sends 150 new immigrants to Hong Kong on a daily basis while HK cannot select them. Since 1997, the handover of HK from Britain to China, one million of such immigrants have arrived in Hong Kong. As confirmed by statistical surveys, most of them vote for pro-Beijing candidates.
Instead of reflecting upon themselves, the HK pan-democrats,, e.g., Power for Democracy convenor Andrew Chiu Ka-yin, put the blame of their defeat on the impact of Frederick Fung Kin-kee, a former ally of the pan-democrats, in splitting votes for the pan-democratic camp. In response, Fung said, “[No one] can split the vote, the vote is from the voter.” The fact remains that Fung’s votes and Lee’s votes combined was less than Chan’s.
HK Pan-democrats Often Blame Others
The problems that HK pan-democrats have failed to reflect upon include, for example, most of them have supported new immigrants from China who are in reality colonizers. For instance, in 2001, The HK Civic Party’s lawyers successfully fought for in the HK Court of Final Appeal for the right of Mainland Chinese parents’ children born in HK to become Hongkongers. In contrast, President Donald Trump is striving to cancel birthright citizenship. And the Labour Party has fought for the new immigrants’ right to enjoy all HK social benefits immediately upon arrival. Another example:- During the 2016 Lunar Chinese year, certain Hong Kong citizens, as well as members of the localist party, The HK Indigenous, as headed by Edward Leung and Ray Wong, in protecting hawkers selling food in Mongkok harassed by food hygiene officers, and when repeatedly provoked by the police, clashed with the police, most pan-democrats condemned them for violence. Typical pan-democrats also censure HK localists and separatists for provoking Beijing.