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Pro-reclamation or otherwise, Andy Lau deserves better from Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2018, 4:36am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2018, 4:59am

I refer to your article, “Hong Kong star Andy Lau voices support for land reclamation in promotional video” (October 3) 

Andy Lau Tak-wah has been a top star here for decades. Given that the entertainment industry is so competitive and Hong Kong so fast-moving, this is something to be reckoned with.

I like him personally. He appeals to me as a big brother – hardworking, sincere, sensible and loving. Throughout his 35-year career as a singer and movie star, he has also been like a friend who stands by me, facing the ups and downs in my life. I am sure many others share my feelings.

It’s good that he has taken a stance on land reclamation. What he said in the video testifies yet again to his great common sense and his love for us all. To be honest, nobody in their right mind can debate it.

I am therefore amazed to see many negative comments emerge in the last week. Fans who are pro-activists expressed disappointment that Lau is openly supporting the administration and big businesses. Some said he has betrayed the trust of his fans. Others said that as an entertainer, he should have stayed away from current affairs.

Watch: Promotional video supporting land reclamation, voiced by Andy Lau

Carrie Lam defends star Andy Lau over support for reclamation

Lau’s well-intended move has backfired. He was once hailed as the “grass-roots chief executive”, now his popularity has fallen.

We live in a democratic society that enjoys freedom of speech. But it is sad to realise that many, for whatever reason, do not have the decency to respect what is good, positive and beneficial to all. Surely after what Lau has said and done for Hong Kong all these years, he deserves better treatment from us?

We, his diehard fans, will always be at his side.

Jacqueline Kwan, Mid-Levels