(Photo Source: Information Services Department, HKSAR Government)
The 2017 chief executive appointment is over, the facade of an election has dissipated, and from the dust of the aftermath emerge carrie lam victorious with 777 votes, double that of John Tsang’s 365 votes and then some, with former judge Woo not even receiving triple digits in his. Despite the popular demand for John Tsang, and the delusion that the “election committee” will find it in their conscience to place Tsang on the “throne”, lam ascended Hong Kong’s seat of power. While the various media outlets boosted Tsang’s image with propaganda about him being xi jinping’s preference, the china liaison office in Western District and its media outlets kept pushing lam as china’s only preferred candidate, and amidst the uncertainty and confusion of the “election committee” as to which voice truly represent their central authority’s, it is probable that they succumbed to the liaison’s threats and coercions that had been flying around during the election campaign trail. The rumoured threats and coercions perhaps held a core of truth, as Passion Times had exclusively uncovered the presence of china’s liberation army personnel at John Tsang’s election rally on Friday evening, meaning that china is unnerved by the display of popular support for Tsang, despite his professed allegiance to china and a willing upholder of the “one country, two systems” status quo. However, that’s all over now, with lam now ascending to her perch overlooking Hong Kong like a vulture eyeing a carcass.
Perhaps it is best for Hong Kong that Tsang did not win the appointment, as it would spell the end of popular resistance against china, for Tsang would have used his popular support as a solid foundation to legislate Article 23, giving the HKsar regime the authority to arrest and imprison any dissenters it wished without trial and due process. If he had won the appointment, the pan-democrats would have lost credibility, being in a position of having supported Tsang and then at odds with Tsang, who would not be hesitant to do china’s bidding. Of course, it does not mean lam won’t push for Article 23, for it is as sure as the sun will rise that she will force the legislation through, but at least she won’t have the illusion of popular backing in the international community.
What should Hong Kongers expect from Carrie Lam once she officially takes office? We can perhaps gauge her future path by looking back at her past deeds. During the campaigning process for the Hong Kong political reform that aimed at establishing a popular “election” for the chief executive and changes to the Legislative Council, the HKsar regime published its reform proposals; and instead of written as “The Five Part Process for the 2016/17 Hong Kong Political Reform”, it was written as “The Five Step Process…” Wong Yukman, a legislative councillor at the time, pointed out the malapropism, criticising the then chief secretary carrie lam and her staff of lack of diligence in allowing such a basic miswording to pass through the proofreading process. Instead of admitting her mistake, or privately correcting the mistake, lam was adamant in using “The Five Step Process” to avoid showing signs of weakness, especially because Yukman was the critic, whom lam saw as the instigator to the rebellion against china in Hong Kong and thus her enemy. Moreover, during the lead-contaminated water supply scandal, when some affected citizens had an official drink from the water that the HKsar regime declared as safe for consumptions, carrie lam condemned the act as humiliation and declared that no government official should have to drink from the problematic water, and that no official is responsible for the lead contamination. Furthermore, as part of her campaign to become the 2017 chief executive, lam had her family move from Britain to beijing, even though the latter had been plagued by smog so dense that it is declared extremely hazardous to personal wellbeing by health authorities outside china; this demonstrates just how desperate she is in winning this appointment, that she is willing to sacrifice her family’s lives to do so.
In addition, Lam twice declared herself to be on God’s “good list”, stating that a place has been reserved for her in Heaven, and that God had urged her to run for the chief executive office. These were signs of megalomania that would likely set her on the road to tyranny over Hong Kongers, as she sincerely believes that obedience to china is absolutely necessary, demonstrated when she condemned Wong Yukman for “corrupting” younger generations in openly defying china and demanding full autonomy. It is therefore likely that her first acts would be to silence the voices of dissent currently still operating in Hong Kong, either by passing through a legislation that seeks to control online media such as the “Internet Article 23”, or the Article 23 itself. We should be prepared that various political imprisonments and persecutions up until now were just the prelude, with much more heavy-handed tactics to be expected in the coming future. One such expected situation would be this year’s 20th commemoration of china’s takeover of Hong Kong on the first of July, when xi jinping is expected to come to Hong Kong for the ceremony, while all eyes around the world would be focused on this former city-state. All signs of opposition would likely be purged just prior to this day, to ensure nothing untoward would embarrass the chinese overlord. Of course, the resistance would not take it lying down, thus unrest is assured.
Whatever may happen, one
thing is clear: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.