Treatment of Leung and his ministers evokes memories of Cultural Revolution

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 July, 2012, 12:00am


Almost every day you read a newspaper article criticising the government even though it only took office at the beginning of the month.

It is the same on the airwaves, with talk-show hosts on Commercial Radio and RTHK keen to spend a lot of time criticising Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying and his ministers.

Some of the criticism focuses on his integrity and that of some members of his cabinet over unauthorised structures at their homes. Other critics raise questions about C.Y.'s background and his motive for becoming chief executive.

Unfortunately, many of the comments directed at C.Y. are based on speculation with some claiming that he is a member of the Communist Party.

They argue he has a hidden agenda to destroy our core values of freedom of speech and expression and introduce Article 23. Some media observers believe he will ruin the city's prosperity and betray the interests of Hongkongers.

However, these critics cannot back their claims with evidence. When C.Y. and his team attended town hall meetings to discuss matters in the different districts, they were slammed for putting on a show to appease the public. Conversely, if they choose not to attend the meetings, they will be accused of not listening to the views of the public and not honouring election pledges.

It sometimes looks as though the clock is being turned back to the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, when senior officials were victims of a mass purge.

In ways reminiscent of those dark days, C.Y. and his ministers have been subjected to a wide range of ill-treatment, including sustained harassment, whenever they attend public activities.

Of course I am only talking about similarities. Obviously, they are not subjected to the dreadful abuses visited on the victims of the Cultural Revolution, including imprisonment, torture and seizure of property.

However, we do have supporters of the League of Social Democrats and People Power who, in the name of democracy, resort to mob tactics and smear campaigns in an effort to humiliate the new administration. Judging by their deeds, I would prefer to call these so-called democrats 'extreme leftists'. Through their filibustering they are attempting to paralyse the Legislative Council.

C.Y. needs to govern Hong Kong. Why don't we give him some time to prove his credibility and capability and fulfil his election pledges?

Philip Keung, Kwun Tong