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Parents' white-paper petition 'for next generation'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 4:05am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 5:24am

A parents' group has launched an online petition against the State Council's white paper on Hong Kong, saying it breaks the promises that Beijing made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Basic Law.

"As parents who grew up and raised our children in Hong Kong, if we don't take action to defend 'one country, two systems', we'll be ashamed to face our next generations," said Eva Chan Sik-chee, convenor of the Parents' Concern Group on National Education.

The group fought off plans for compulsory national education in schools in 2012.

The subject, aimed at instilling in pupils a sense of belonging towards the motherland, was condemned by critics as brainwashing.

She said parents feared that the Beijing report would harm children's understanding of the "one country, two systems" policy as it "has reinterpreted the policy and undermined Hong Kong's judicial independence".

"It's clearly stated in the Basic Law and the joint declaration that Hong Kong enjoys ... executive, legislative, independent judicial power and final adjudication," she said. "But the white paper mentioned 'comprehensive jurisdiction' - something that we've never heard before."

The white paper, released on June 10, says Beijing has "comprehensive jurisdiction" over Hong Kong and that some Hongkongers are "confused and lopsided" in their understanding of the "one country, two systems" principle.

"Such a claim has completely shaken our core values," Chan said.

Following the publication of the Education Bureau's latest curriculum guide for primary schools which stresses the need to "deepen understanding" of the Basic Law and "one country, two systems", she appealed to teachers for a classroom boycott of the white paper.

"Some pro-Beijing educators had proposed including the white paper in classes … but there are serious doubts in society about its contents so teachers should not refer to it, neither should students," Chan said.

She called on Hongkongers - especially parents - to sign the petition on the group's website by midnight on July 4 and donate money to help pay for advertisements to publish the signatures in local newspapers next month.



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This is completely nonsense! How can we boycott something which is so important to all people in Hong Kong. Yes, we can agree, disagree or remain silence but it is totally irresponsible not to let our children understand the important of Basic Law and the White Paper. If we just instill anti China, anti CCP, anti White Paper mindset to the youth, we are totally irresponsible! Why? This is another way of brainwashing the youth and hurt the personal identity of the youth even more!
These people are not Chinese , they hold foreign passports... how can they ......?
They like to live in HK/China but they don't like their kids to be taught the HK/China's way so they objected the NE (National Education) introduced last year,
Now comes the White Paper, but, even the Basic Law is not taught in class under NE, why these people are so concerned about the White Paper...
Is Ms Chan getting back to the mode of China bashing like she has been before when she was with AppxxxDaily.


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