When Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became chief executive, it was obvious that he would have a tough time.
Any person who receives the Beijing handshake must expect to have a hard time struggling against the enemies of Beijing. Anyone appointed by Mr Tsang must be prepared for opposition, too; thus, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was certain to become a target since he was chosen by the chief executive.
Who are these enemies of Beijing? I could name them, but I will just refer to the group. They are mostly people, who, at middle age or thereabouts, had never shown an interest in social or political problems until the early 1980s, especially 1984, the date when China and Britain signed the Joint Declaration concerning the future of Hong Kong. Suddenly this group, self-named 'democrats', appeared, but their attendance at meetings thereafter indicated that their only interest was to oppose matters connected with the Basic Law after 1997. All they wanted to accept was a change of flags, but still a colonial set-up.
Since this self-interested plan did not work to their satisfaction, they have made it a point to raise trouble and stir up the people against China with what they like to call 'democracy'. Our extremely good, though politically in need of support, former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa had to succumb to these anti-China elements, and resigned in poorer health for the experience.
When Mr Tsang stood for election as chief executive, I knew that he would be given the same treatment. He has tried to withstand them, but that is not the wish of this group. They just want to install a chief executive of their own type, people who have shown opposition to China. John Tsang is no fool, but it appears from his last budget that he has just thrown things to the winds. I guess he had reached the limit of his patience in trying to appease a group which has no intention of ever being appeased until they get what they want - power for themselves.
They have split into groups and are quarrelling among themselves. Every new group raises a new leader.
What is that but dictatorship in the making? Will they become the future 'warlords' of China? We citizens must not allow this to happen. China needs peace, not revolution stirred up by parties. Some people are urging youngsters to use violence. People need peace, and a decent living.
I do not blame the young people. I blame those new leaders, who once declared openly that they wanted every child to learn about democracy by the age of seven. They are misleading youngsters.
Let our young people think things out for themselves, and not be misled by loud demonstrations before they know all the political background.
To our government, I will only say look at the real problems, and deal with them promptly, or the young will continue to be fodder for the trouble-makers' ambitions.
Elsie Tu, Kwun Tong