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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2011, 12:00am

Former head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun slammed the compulsory national education plan in Hong Kong as 'brainwashing':

Patrick Shu Wing-lee - Our youngsters know what is right or wrong and will not be easily brainwashed. The teaching schedule is already heavy and too full to add national education as a separate subject. Patriotism cannot be spoon-fed.

Shun Kiang - There is no conditioning of minds without some form of brainwashing.

Marcus H. Langston - One word Cardinal Zen - condoms. Get that brainwashed in your mind.

On angry villagers rioting in Lufeng city, Guangdong province, over a land grab dispute:

Richard Lim - It is so shameful! The government [is trying] hard to promote a culture of harmony and can't govern in transparency!

Ken Fung - You can't govern the PRC the way Western civilisation is governed; it takes generations.

Charles Henning - The villagers should co-operate and accept the decision of the government. At least that is how I imagine HK people would tell them to behave judging from the letters in the South China Morning Post admonishing protesters in HK who demand their voices are listened to and their rights respected by the non-elected, privileged few who 'govern' the city.

Public confidence in press freedom has dropped significantly in the past five months a survey has shown:

Shampeeza Laguna - In fact, our freedom is under threat. We could see that when [Vice-Premier] Li Keqiang visited Hong Kong, our reporters could hardly approach him. It seems to be that not much freedom can be enjoyed in the future.

Letitia Wong - I will do my part to fight to the end. Every bona fide HKer should chip in and stop being reticent and sheepish.


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