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Legislator Claudia Mo

2019-06-09
Carrie Lam is a liar. She claims there’s a loophole in HK’s extradition law that should be plugged, when the so-called loophole has always meant to be a safeguard, a firewall against China’s untrustworthy judicial and legal systems. Hong Kong’s last governor Chris Patten says Carrie Lam’s talking “absolute nonsense”.

The exclusion of China from HK’s extradition arrangements back in 1997 was based on Hongkongers’ fear of the lack of rule of law in China. It’s a fact known to not just the legal and journalistic sectors but many here. And so I called Carrie Lam a liar at the legislature, and was told that I was using “unparliamentary” language and was chucked out of the Chamber. Why is it wrong for me to tell what’s right?

The crux of the matter is the universal lack of trust and confidence in China’s judiciary or its legal system. There is no fair trial and no humane punishment guarantees on the Mainland. Our lawyers have just staged their biggest-ever silent protest march against this most controversial extradition bill. The Hong Kong Free Press quoted one of the participants, Senior Counsel Lawrence Lok, as saying, and I quote here: “The government said we misunderstood the issue - how did we misunderstand? Our colleagues spent a lot of time looking into the bill - we talked reason, how did we misunderstand?... It was a monologue, the gov't talking to themselves, without us taking part." Unquote

That probably illustrates the arrogance and stubbornness on the part of the chief executive. But there has to be more to it. Carrie Lam was a “yes minister” type of career civil servant for four decades, and you just would not expect her to stage, to whip up such provocation quite so unnecessarily. The conclusion can only be that she’s doing this at Beijing’s behest, and order. The powers that be up north want to shut down HK.

Beijing has become increasingly impatient with HK since our Umbrella Movement 5 years ago. Our 79-day Occupy protest must have proved a tremendous loss of face for Beijing. Zhongnanhai sees us as some unruly teenager who doesn’t learn to be grateful and obedient. The apparent grand plan, complete with the Greater Bay Area scheme, is to assimilate HK into the vast hinterland. The idea is to ultimately “disappear” Hong Kong, or at least to just turn it into one of the numerous Chinese cities.

You may wonder, the fact that I am publicly calling Carrie Lam a liar shows that there is indeed plenty of free speech in Hong Kong? Hmmm ... but just look at Chinese rule of law, if there is such a thing, it’s ANYTHING GOES. And just think of how they successfully managed to twist and bend our rules and laws to successfully disqualify and oust SIX, I repeat, six of our democratic lawmakers. It tells you they can do anything on the legal front.

So it’s fear. We are fearful of the future. Don’t they say fear is probably the biggest industry and that’s how the insurance business works: That something horrible and bad could be in store. Very ironically Beijing minions at the legislative council would accuse our Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing Kee of spreading fear by choosing to flee to Taiwan.

We are definitely not the ones conducting keep-you-scared politics. Carrie Lam is. The Beijing and Hong Kong governments are. They want to shut down Hong Kong as a dissent haven.

Like a little boat HK is sinking fast. But we are not taking this lying down. We have to put up a fight. We fight, we may not get what we want, but if we don’t fight, we definitely won’t get what we want.

Scrap the extradition law.

All HKers and HK lovers, please take to the street and join in the big protest march this afternoon. See you there.

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