Cenotaph deserves better

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 July, 1999, 12:00am

It is a pitiful sight to see the Cenotaph in Central now bare, without flags. I wonder when and if our Government will do something about this sorry state of affairs. I really cannot understand why some politicians and members of our Government see the Cenotaph as being associated with colonialism.

It is there so that we can remember and show our respect for the dead; for those who lost their lives for us. Were it not for their sacrifice, many of us might not be here now.

In World War II, those soldiers and others who defended Hong Kong were fighting against a common enemy which was invading our motherland. All those who died in that defence are honoured by this memorial, not just British soldiers or colonial officials. In the battle of Hong Kong there were many Chinese soldiers, volunteers, police officers and civilians, who died during the battle and afterwards, during the years of Japanese occupation. Australians and Canadians also perished. Why then, has the Cenotaph become a political issue? Had it not been for the heroic actions of a British soldier, I would not have been here. This soldier rescued my father, who was then just a toddler, from a burning house.

I hope that we will see appropriate flags flying once again from the Cenotaph. It is important that future generations recognise why it is there and appreciate that it is honouring all those who died defending Hong Kong.