Hong Kong’s ‘hypocrisy camp’ has had its way for too long
Michael Chugani believes groups of ‘phonies’ who recently lashed out at the police rally in the city need to be held to account
You’re wrong if you think only the so-called opposition and loyalist camps influence our politics. A third camp lurks. Its job is to fool some of the people all of the time. It does this through fake news, alternative facts, and double standards. An offshoot of the opposition, it is best described as the hypocrisy camp.
It moved swiftly last week after 38,000 police officers and their families massed to support seven colleagues jailed for beating a protestor who had splashed foul-smelling liquid on them. The hypocrisy camp dubbed the rally an illegal assembly. An illegal assembly? These same hypocrites were part of the Occupy protest. What’s more illegal – tens of thousands occupying the streets for 79 days or 38,000 in a private stadium who inconvenienced no one?
Ah yes, but Occupy was civil disobedience, a noble cause. If it was civil disobedience why contest prosecution as the few charged so far have done? Doesn’t civil disobedience require participants to acknowledge guilt and accept the consequences, as Gandhi did? But let’s not mention the phonies and Gandhi in the same breath.
Hypocrisy camp leaders milked the gaffe of one policeman who emotionally likened Hong Kong’s cops to persecuted Jews during the Nazi era but stayed mute when one of their own, a liberal studies teacher, likened the 38,000 at the rally to Nazi soldiers. What’s worse – one out of 38,000 making a gaffe or someone who condemns all 38,000 as Nazis?
If dragging the Holocaust into our politics is wrong, why did these hypocrites not only fail to condemn but actually defend the free speech of the Youngspiration pair who used “Cheena” – a wartime slur against China by the Japanese who had massacred tens of thousands of Chinese? If free speech is so sacred, why did these phonies condemn former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa for simply saying at a private function Beijing had the constitutional right not to appoint a chief executive?
Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po became the latest victim of these hypocrites who spread the fake news that he was lavishing millions of taxpayer dollars to turn his official residence – recently vacated by John Tsang Chun-wah – into a luxurious home. The fact is only HK$830,000 would be spent on basic repairs after a decade of neglect.
The hypocrisy camp has had its way for too long. Not anymore. I intend to call them out each and every time.