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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2014, 4:21am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2014, 4:21am

When everything is white terror, is anything?

BIO

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.
 

When everything is white terror, is anything?

Beware, Hongkongers, white terror is all around us. It has happened not only to Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy; Tony Tsoi Tung-ho, founder of the now defunct House News website, and all the pan- democrats who received generous political donations from Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. There is now a fresh outbreak of white terror. Occupy Central co-organiser Dr Chan Kin-man says he and the other two co-organisers are also victims. Were they arrested, jailed indefinitely or threatened with execution? No, far worse happened. All three received a razor blade sent anonymously through the mail. Now that is white terror indeed. Public Eye cannot help but wonder what might go through the minds of tens of thousands of white terror victims throughout history who are now in their graves. Probably something like this: Why couldn't I have received a razor blade in the mail instead of having my head lopped off by a guillotine?

 

On double standards and persecution complexes

White terror is in the eye of the beholder. Alliance for True Democracy convenor Joseph Cheng denounced as white terror the media's revelation that he had falsely declared being a Chinese national while applying for a Hong Kong passport, when he was, in fact, an Australian passport holder. Cheng demanded to know how his personal data was leaked, hinting darkly of official smearing. Several weeks later, the media revealed that Robert Chow Yung, organiser of anti-Occupy Central movement the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, was one of 50,000 VIPs who had been offered the option of a British passport by the departing colonial government. If the revelation about Cheng was white terror, then what happened to Chow surely is also white terror. He never took up the British offer, but did not denounce the revelation as a smear, either. All those who denounced Cheng's case as a smear stayed silent about Chow's case. You could say white terror is in the eyes of the beholder. Or you could say it is a double standard.

 

If Occupy gets Jimmy Lai's money, is he then liable?

Peaceful or not, Occupy Central is illegal. That is what the police and the Leung Chun-ying administration say. What happens if you bankroll something that is illegal, or even pay for its preparation? Is that also illegal? We ask because the Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, one of the three Occupy co-organisers, is among those who received big donations from Jimmy Lai, through two organisations Chu co-founded - the Civic Education Foundation and the Democratic Development Network. Has any of the HK$900,000 Lai gave those two groups gone to the civil disobedience movement? What about fresh revelations that Lai helped bankroll Occupy's unofficial "referendum" on democracy in June? If Occupy goes ahead with a mass protest to blockade the Central district to push for universal suffrage in the 2017 election of the chief executive, is Lai criminally liable in some way? Just wondering.

 

Michael Chugani is a columnist and television show host. mickchug@gmail.com

 

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chuchu59
Strictly speaking this is not the white terror that was prevalent in the communist countries decades ago. If anything. they just got smarter and resorted to curbing freedom of expressions using other methods which are milder and may take a longer time to click yet intimidates people all the same. So if it pleases you Michael we can call it intimidation and not white terror. Yeah it wasnt white terror when President Bush received a parcel which possibly contained anthrax. That is more comparable to the 'razor' scenario and it is intimidation.
shouken
Of course this is double standard. What else can it be? When information of the same nature (citizenship) works in one's favor, it is not terror. When it works against them, it is. These spoiled fat babies naturally will scream murder without showing a corpse. Perhaps what they need is not a razor in the mail, but a bullet in the head and self-inflicted at that. Since their brain has stopped functioning a long time ago, what's point of keeping it animate?
Dai Muff
If you are in your grave it is not white terror. It is just terror. There is a whole raft of people, that seems to include Chugani, that is not seeing what is going on just as long as they are not the target of it. And the "revelation" about Chow likely came from himself, just to show how loyal to his current masters he has always been. In the new order there is nothing threatening in it being reported you do NOT have a foreign passport. How very very strange Mr Chugani is sometimes.
jrfsl
Razor blades in the mail? Death threats? Why that's nothing if you're Chugani. He's checked, you see, with historical white terror victims whom he respects oh-so-much that he can't stand the term being used to describe the mere threat of death. "White terror? Has your head been lopped off with a guillotine? No? Get to the back of the queue. Bring me the men with no heads!"
Chugani's muddle-headed criticism of the pan democrats puts him in no danger at all. Yet he self-righteously sneers at people who have received death-threats, whose private correspondences have been stolen from their computers, whose confidential government records have been leaked, accusing them of "persecution complex".
Now he's suggesting Lai may be criminally liable for allegedly paying for advertising to promote Occupy Central's June referendum, which even CY Leung had to admit WASN'T unlawful. Chugani can't seem to distinguish between the referendum on the one hand and the act of occupying central on the other, but don't let that stop him from smearing Lai as a criminal, and by the same (lack of) logic, all the people who voted in that referendum.
If Chugani was so concerned about the law, you'd think he'd be upset that private correspondence was illegally obtained and used to smear a man's reputation simply because the powers-that-be don't like what that man stands for. But ah heck, what's a smear? At least it's not er.. um.. a death-threat.. right?
Think Michael, think!
Tkorunner
Dear Michael, are you asking Hongkongers to ignore such "minor" white terror issues ? We should wait until someone get killed.
Just want to remind you a famous quote you must know
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn?t speak up,
because I wasn?t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn?t speak up,
because I wasn?t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn?t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.
The cost of waiting may be lethal. The political atmosphere in HK is changing, a storm is coming. Yes, may be it is just raining now, but it it is getting worse, a typhoon is coming. Decades of years later when your children live under style of Chinese democracy, if you children ask what had you done when it is "just" raining ? What will be your answer ?
kctony
Michael wouldn't have to worry about his children living under Chinese democracy, would he? I am sure one day when he's retired somewhere outside China, he will be writing pro-democracy articles US style.
whymak
Idiots and schizoids like to regurgitate irrelevant quotes. I suggest you see a shrink for your extreme paranoia.
ubifrancehk
And you should read more history books before calling others "idiots" without putting forward a single argument.
ubifrancehk
The revelations about Chow didn't receive much coverage here either, Mr. Chugani. You were pretty much silent when they appeared as well, am I wrong ? And who are you to tell them they should not worry when receiving a razor blade in their mailbox ? Should we remind you about what happened to Kevin Lau a few months ago ? The present situation in Hong Kong is not normal, and it is pretty sad to see that media like SCMP are siding with the new masters instead of trying to balance their reporting.
 
 
 
 
 

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