Albert Chan: are you with Leung or against him?
Wasn't it People Power legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip we heard on the radio last week mauling Philippine president Benigno Aquino for daring to disrespect Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying? Yes, it was. Chan was furious that the seating arrangement made Leung look like a subordinate when the two leaders met in Bali to discuss the Manila hostage tragedy. But isn't it also Chan who disrespects Leung every chance he gets by hurling missiles and screaming at him in the Legislative Council? Yes, it is. And isn't it Chan who doesn't even regard Leung as chief executive? Yes, it is. So why is he so uptight when Aquino actually helped him treat Leung like dirt? Is he saying he can treat Leung like dirt, but Aquino cannot? By standing up for Leung is he also saying he now accepts Leung as his leader and not a despised underground communist lapdog of the central government? What gives, Mr Chan? Never mind, Public Eye can answer. Hypocrisy gives.
Locals want 'third-world nation' to jump when told
Let's honestly ask ourselves why we are so enraged by Aquino's refusal to formally apologise for a crazy man's killing of eight Hongkongers. Public Eye got the answer from a caller to a Chinese-language radio station last week. The caller was furious that a leader of a third-world country would dare treat Hong Kong this way. There you have it. The Philippines is a third-world country which exports maids to clean our toilets. That's why when Albert Chan suggested banning Filipino helpers the concern was not so much that it would penalise the innocent, but that middle-class families would be without maids. When Hongkongers order their maids to jump, they're expected to jump. But Aquino refused. He even dared to downgrade C.Y. Leung's status in the seating arrangement when the two met. That's why Hongkongers are so irked. That's why when Premier Li Keqiang urged Aquino at the East Asia summit to quickly resolve the matter, much of our media reported it like a powerful nation ordering a third-world country to bow. A mainlander was among those killed in the Boston marathon terrorist bombing. Did China ask the United States for a formal apology? No. There is genuine sorrow and anger over the deaths of eight Hongkongers. But Public Eye can't help but think if the killing occurred not in the Philippines, but in a powerful nation, we would not be seeing what we are now.
Populist politics fanracial hatred in society
Public Eye listened to a Chinese-language radio phone-in show yesterday. The animosity some callers had about the Philippines startled us. One called Aquino a thug who needed to be scared into submission by the central government. Another called for a ban on Philippine fruit and maids. And who is helping to fan this hate? Some of our politicians. They are pandering to the people with the worst kind of populist politics. Don't they know that hate begets hate?
Michael Chugani is a columnist and TV show host. email@example.com