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Transcending Political Differences
Even when we differ in political views, there are things – such as human relations, empathy and basic human rights – which transcend political differences.
Recently, political differences have caused considerable disquiet in Hong Kong, with various parties getting restless and their language becoming increasingly charged. For example, the slogan congratulating Ms CHOI Yuk-lin, Under-Secretary for Education, on her son’s death appearing on the campus of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) was extremely callous and deplorable.
Even more disturbing was the remark made by the Hon HO Kwan-yiu at a public gathering that those advocating Hong Kong independence should be ‘killed without pardon’. While the slogan at EdUHK was made by an anonymous individual, HO Kwan-yiu’s remark – made by one in the dignified position of a Legislative Councillor and openly at a large public gathering – was brazenly inappropriate and generated a much greater impact compared with the anonymous slogan.
We believe that no matter what we are: Legislative Councillors, senior Government officials or simply men on the street, we should not allow our basic human nature to be obscured by political views. Nor, more importantly, should we spread violence and hatred because of differences in political views. I hope that the one hiding behind the anonymous slogan and the one openly spreading violence and hatred can learn to, in a pluralistic democratic society, respect divergent political views and trim down violence and provocation in their language. I also hope that the one who has passed away will be free from any disturbance from this mortal world and will be able to rest in peace and tranquility.
Advance notice: The Policy Address of the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, will be published on 11 October. Fellow workers who have any comments are most welcome to let me have them, which can be emailed to [email protected].
Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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