What's wrong with requiring the Hong Kong chief executive to be patriotic?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 3:20am

Although the central government and Hong Kong citizens have reached a mutual consensus that there will be universal suffrage, how the chief executive election in 2017 should be conducted has aroused considerable controversy in our community.

This heated discussion stems from the patriotic prerequisite set down by Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the National People's Congress Law Committee.

To many rational Hong Kong citizens, including myself, this is perfectly logical, understandable and therefore acceptable. It is beyond dispute that Hong Kong, being a part of China, bears the responsibility of supporting the development and establishment of China.

What's wrong with requiring the chief executive to be patriotic?

Take a simple analogy as an illustration. If you were the boss, would you expect your employees to be loyal? Or would you be glad to welcome workers who were destructive and always trying to oust you from power?

Following their line of logic, I bet the opponents would opt for the latter without hesitation!

The protesters should never forget the fact that Hong Kong is only a special administrative region of China, not an independent province.

The word "special" in the name does not mean Hong Kong can receive special treatment when it comes to accepting acts or words that oppose the rule of the central government.

The vast majority of pan-democrats often uphold the flag of "one country, two systems" in their demonstrations, requesting that the central government recognise this principle as has been promised in the Basic Law. However, it seems that they are often the ones who violate it.

At times, they shout provocative slogans with the obvious intent of interfering in China's political affairs, demanding an end to Community Party rule and following the West's model of democracy.

Is this truly "two systems", then?

It must be noted that, while you insist others show you respect, you must show some respect to others first. Otherwise, what's the difference between barbarism and civilisation?

Hong Kong is indeed in desperate need of love and peace. This can never be achieved through the Occupy Central movement, but through rational and mutual discussion, understanding and respect.

Aggressive and barbaric behaviour will result in a situation that serves no one.

P. Leung, Mid-Levels