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Jackie Chan criticises Hong Kong as 'city of protest'

Anger after movie star tells mainland newspaper his hometown has become ‘like South Korea’ and that it should limit the right to protest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 2:44pm

Action star Jackie Chan is under fire again for suggesting that Hongkongers' right to demonstrate should be limited.

It is the second time in three years that the kung fu star has made controversial remarks about restricting freedoms in the city where he was born.

In an interview with Southern People Weekly - part of Guangzhou-based Nanfang Media - published on Tuesday, Chan said: "Hong Kong has become a city of protest. The whole world used to say it was South Korea. It is now Hong Kong.

"People scold China's leaders, or anything else they like, and protest against everything.

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"The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and on what issues it is not allowed."

In April 2009, Chan came under fire at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan for saying Chinese people needed to be controlled.

Answering questions about mainland controls on filmmaking, Chan said at the time: "I don't know whether it is better to have freedom or to have no freedom. With too much freedom, it can get very chaotic. It could end up like in Taiwan."

He also said that he was starting to think "Chinese people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want".

Chan later said his remarks had been taken out of context and twisted.

The Rush Hour star could not be reached for comment last night.

Leung Man-tao, a Hong Kong-based cultural critic who writes columns for mainland publications, said Chan's remarks were prejudiced and would deepen a misunderstanding about Hong Kong society among some mainlanders.

"Chan doesn't bother to understand why some Hong Kong people choose to take to the streets. He just tends to think that whatever the government does is correct," Leung said.

Chairwoman of the Civic Party Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said she was shocked by Chan's comments.

"I think it's a shame for the movie industry, because the freedom of expression is fundamental to his line of business," she said. "Just as the government cannot lay down rules on what movies can be made and what can't, he ought to appreciate that there should be no restrictions on which protests can be held and which cannot, as long as they comply with the law."

Political scientist Dixon Sing Ming, from the University of Science and Technology, said: "It seems that Chan is almost detached from the daily lives of the people of Hong Kong."

Dr Ma Ngok, a political scientist at Chinese University, said the remarks reflected Chan's ignorance.

"It is a simple fact that we have the freedom of expression, and it is already accepted as a baseline of a civilised society."

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chucky0404
Meagre education will make you have foolish speech. 講完
the sun also rises
What is wrong with this kung fu star ? He forgets that he is only a film star (once well-known around the world but now only on Mainland and is notorious for his numerouse sex scandals:dating with females in Beijing while having several wives at the present moment:some legal while some illegal).In 2009, he uttered that Chinese should be controlled and now he said Hongkongers have too much freedom of speech---protest against everything in town and attacking Chinese leaders in random.H.K.government should stipulate by law which issues should we protest against and which should not be allowed (maybe attacking C.Y.'s integrity and illegal structures should never be allowed in this uneducated but arrogant in words' old guy's eyes.Right ?
ksayip
"The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and on what issues it is not allowed."
shows that he's just an ignorant communist kiss-****! I don't know why people/the press would still take anything he says seriously. Someone who has no integrity should not be taken seriously.
likingming
It is nothing wrong with the protesters. And Freedom of Expression should not be restrainted.
"City of Protest" is promoted and encouraged by the HK Govt. which is always ready to yielld without principles. It is the Govt to blame.
- HK land for hk people
- Restrict parallel trades
- no mainlanders giving birth here at the expense of HK's Rule of Law
- unilateral permit of HK vechicles crossing the borders but not for the mainlander's vehicles.
Every time the govt yield there are more protests coming.
The govt does not know how to lead ! 擇善固執
lucifer
The number of protests is clearly relative to the absence of democratic representation.
If once cannot vote for their leaders or vote them out of office when they fail to perform, the result will be increased protests. This is the only means available to express disagreement with politicians and their decisions.
eric.boost
Well I don't see Jackie being reinstated as Hong Kong's tourism poster boy any time soon. This is without a doubt a ludicrous statement he has made. Perhaps due to the mainland film industry being his main refuge these days he's trying to cozy up to some establishment wallets?
pgrath1
Chan is right, people should absolutely follow without question, and with absolute loyalty, what the Communists in Beijing and their appointed lackeys in Hong Kong tell them to do. Its all for the best.
After all, it is what makes North Korea run so well.
req
Not a whole city. Just a handful of loud turds with nothing better to do with their lives. We should build cages for them, or encourage unrestrained police brutality.
jakekee
This coming from a guy who has sold out himself to western audiences and becoming a laughing stock of the movie industry. I am not sure why the media still bothers to cover him. Shame on him.
the sun also rises
This poorly-educated so-called Big Brother in the former entertainment (mainly the movie world) Sing Lung( or Sing Chung to be proper), uttered **** again by saying that now Hong Kong has become a city of protest.His remarks only reflects his ignorance and bias towards our freedoms of expression and his blind loyality towards the autocratic regime in Beijing where he has a luxurious mansion plus numerous playmates(the beauties) to play with or play at.How wicked and disgusting this film star and producer is ! He has become a shame of our beloved Hong Kong and Hongkongers right now.

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