How Hong Kong can go beyond national anthem to promote patriotism
Our Hong Kong government is proposing a “national anthem law” and “patriotic content in school teaching materials”, and is encouraging young people to visit mainland China in order to educate our younger generation to be loyal and patriotic.
This is a long-term bottom-up approach. However, any actions to the contrary taken by those in authority will cast doubt on their belief.
In Australia, five lawmakers have been forced to resign from the national parliament because of their violation of the dual-citizenship law. Under the Australian constitution, dual citizens are barred from holding national elected office.
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Our government in Hong Kong must apply a top-down approach, and demand that those in authority demonstrate that they are loyal and patriotic to both the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the central government, by banning dual nationality status for Executive Council members, legislators, district councillors and village representatives in their respective upcoming elections.
This should also apply to those holding key positions in the civil services (including their spouse and children under 21 years of age).
That would show that those serving our Hong Kong government are loyal and patriotic, and have confidence in our central government, and not raise questions over loyalty to a foreign entity.
Leslie Lee, Sai Wan Ho