Occupy Central

Reject Occupy Central troublemakers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 5:35am

It does not take a scholar to clearly understand the major concerns voiced by four business groups regarding the potentially alarming consequences that Occupy Central would have for us all in Hong Kong ("Business, organisers joust over cost of Occupy Central", May 21).

While we all want universal suffrage in 2017, the worst-case scenario is that it will not be achievable simply due to objections from the mainland authorities, who will inevitably have the final word.

This harsh reality does not entitle Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting and his supporters to blackmail the majority of the Hong Kong community with their conditional plan of civil disobedience, which we can all ill-afford.

We have all seen on TV the chaos that was caused recently by a few radical students, while trying to express their strong views through genuine civil disobedience.

It takes only a few hotheads, supported by 10,000 Occupy Central demonstrators, for an initially peaceful gathering to turn very ugly.

This could leave the mainland authorities, facing an extreme case, having little option but to intervene with tanks in Central to restore order.

This is despite the fact that, so far, they have kept a very low profile and allowed us to conduct our business in Hong Kong. The leaders in Beijing have done this in a most helpful and understanding manner, so long as we do not "cross the line".

We simply cannot afford to allow the abuse of freedom by the minority to deny that freedom to the majority.

Maybe Dr Tai needs to be reminded that we are not in full control of our destiny and that it does not take much to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

Our leaders in Hong Kong will inevitably strive, in an orderly manner, to negotiate and get the best possible deal that is achievable. In this way we can maintain our stability and prosperity, even if it does not have the full blessing of a radical, trouble-making minority.

They should recall the many monks whose sad self-immolation probably achieved little in the way of radical political change in Tibet.

I urge Dr Tai and his supporters to try harder to love Hong Kong and not to occupy Central under any circumstances.

Shalom Levy, Tsim Sha Tsui