National education in Hong Kong

National education plan gets everyone talking online

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 4:55am

'My Take' columnist Alex Lo proved to be the Post's king of controversy, with one of his articles attracting more reader comments than any other since began accepting reader comments in August.

Lo's column of September 5, headlined "Just who is brainwashing whom?", attacked the leaders of Scholarism, the youth group that organised large-scale rallies against the government's plan to introduce national education lessons in schools.

"Those who advocate national education may be right or wrong," Lo wrote. "Parents and educators have every right to reject it. But we should not let our children decide what goes into their curriculums."

The 144 comments posted on the website ranged from strong support to scorn.

"It does abhor me that some teenagers who are against the new national education subject has not even read the curriculum, but are rather swept by the wave of rage expressed by their peers or by the media," Jenn_xx wrote.

"Alex, you appear - for whatever motive - to underestimate the depth of popular feeling on this issue. People are angry. They know they are being badly governed and do not have the option of replacing their government through the ballot box. So forgive them if they are not in the mood for compromise, negotiation, give-and-take," said HenleyHK.

The second most commented story, and the most commented news story, ran on November 1 under the headline "Love China or leave, Lu Ping tells Hong Kong's would-be secessionists".

It revealed how Lu, former director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, attacked protesters who waved the British colonial flag.

User Chaz_hen wrote: "Ironically those that love HK the most can ill afford to just leave because it is financially not feasible and the fact that they actually love the place enough to care about the direction it takes and its development, but those that stoke the fires of nationalism and hide behind the thin wall of patriotism are the ones that have already parked vast sums of their wealth overseas."

"A group with a Facebook account, but who cannot even get around to designing their own protest flag is not one to worry about," user Bmr wrote. "Independence ... Colonial flag ... strange concept."

Already, the Post's website has published more than 7,000 comments from users, with 2,300 coming in the last month alone.