In the past few weeks, the HKsar regime has been promoting what is called “The Greater Bay Plan”, whereby nine major cities around the greater Pearl River Delta area will be coordinated in terms of infrastructure and economic development, supposedly allowing greater fluidity of people within the area and “share” the large market of china with the international reputation of Hong Kong. Those of the pro-china establishment in their propaganda promotes the plan as the greatest opportunity of the century, a solution to the land crisis enveloping Hong Kongers, and better living for the people of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s incumbent Secretary of Finance was quoted saying that “it would be better for Hong Kongers to visit the hot springs in Yanping (Enping) than to go to the ones in Japan, and a non-official member of the Executive Council said Hong Kongers would still be able to access Whatsapp and other social media platforms while living in this Greater Bay Area. However, the devil is in the details and this supposedly salvation plan for Hong Kong is a bloodless genocide in disguise.
The establishment in their propaganda points to other greater bay plans such as the one in Tokyo and Los Angeles, citing that a similar plan around the Pearl River Delta would be mutually beneficial for china and Hong Kong. What these people neglect to mention is that the examples they cited share the same legal, political and socio-cultural system, the governing bodies responsible are democratic and subject to public oversight; whereas in this proposed plan, the problem is Hong Kong and china have two different legal and political systems, as well as distinct socio-cultural differences, with Hong Kong very much in danger of being completely snuffed out by china.
Hong Kong has Cantonese and English as its lingua franca amongst its residents, while their counter parts in Guangdongis china’s Putonghua; in Hong Kong, we write in Traditional Chinese and English while those in Guangdonguses the so-called simplified chinese (known also as “the Crippled Script”). This proposal however, if put into action, would mean Hong Kongers who may move north into china would be made to use the “crippled script” and speak Putonghua out of necessity, their children made to learn it due to china’s education policies, those in Hong Kong will also be made to accommodate it to “better cater to” the chinese in Hong Kong, and eventually Traditional Chinese would be phased out and Cantonese becomes a minority language. This has already occurred in Shenzhen, where it was Cantonese as a majority but made into a minority as more non-Cantonese chinese flooded the area. In time, Hong Kong will lose this vital part of its cultural infrastructure to china’s domineering power.
In terms of education, Hong Kong still allows for a degree of openness for free thought, a curriculum that still allow students to discuss issues otherwise banned in china, but under this proposal where Hong Kongers are encouraged to send their children to school in this “Greater Bay”, they would be subjected to china’s shoddy system of indoctrination where critical free thought is deemed a crime. On the other hand, chinese students would naturally be allowed to enrol in Hong Kong schools, but it is predictable that china would coerce Hong Kong’s schools to censor its curriculum and teachers into not imparting certain discussions to chinese students. Using what has happened in universities in other nations as an example, where chinese students would protest any curriculum elements deemed anti-china and forcefully coerce compliances with china’s status quo, it is also conceivable that students and their parents, loyal to the chinese regime, would make militant demands upon Hong Kong’s schools and universities.
Socially, Hong Kongers are more honourable and decent than their chinese counter parts, which are more familiar with bribery and interpersonal “connections” in their daily living. In this proposed plan, Hong Kongers moving into china would become corrupted into accepting china’s status quo, and Hong Kong society would see bribery proliferate and interpersonal connections being the only way for people to get anywhere in life.
Already in Hong Kong, we see chinese residents seeing themselves above local regulations such as luggage weight limit when using the rail services, ignoring local conventions such as matters of hygiene with urinating and defecating in public areas, and belittling local customs as simple as standing in line while waiting. Should this Greater Bay Plan come to action, the amount of chinese flooding through Hong Kong would completely disrupt all of Hong Kong’s discipline, creating general disruptions and havoc. Anyone who have been to Canton and seen the chinese trying to board long distance public coaches would be familiar with what I am saying.
In addition, Hong Kongers by comparison are much milder in regards to social behaviour, while the chinese are rough and only respond to displays of power, rather than cooperate and listen to reason. Therefore, under the Greater Bay plan, Hong Kongers would end up being bullied by the chinese, or forced to assimilate into the chinese Darwinian society where it is survival of the fittest. Moreover, in terms of cultural cultivation, Hong Kongers are more cosmopolitan than the chinese, the latter’s mentality being rather village-oriented. The Greater Bay Plan would also see the corruption of Hong Kongers, making the one thing left that makes Hong Kong more attractive than china non-existent.
Legal and political differences
While Hong Kong’s free society is in its twilight, nevertheless it is still a much more liberal society than that of china, and under the Greater Bay Plan, Hong Kongers who are made to move north would find their voices suppressed by china’s authoritarian regime, with any voices of discontent liable to prosecution. In terms of the chinese, who had been under heavy hand all this time, allowing them free access to Hong Kong would be like a “caged monkey let loose”, abusing their new found liberty with complete disregard for essential legal boundaries that provide order to a free society. Already, we see the average chinese have a misguided belief that “anything goes” in a free society, who does not think twice about their actions.
Moreover, most chinese are alien to the concept of general elections, and are susceptible to being mislead by Hong Kong’s pro-china forces into giving political power to the HKsar regime to further suppress Hong Kongers. Even now, most chinese immigrants to Hong Kong often surrender their mandate to pro-china political forces such as the DAB party, voting against pro-democracy parties, and participate in activities condemning radical action in Hong Kong; if under the Greater Bay plan, they would provide what appears to be internationally credible public support for pro-china forces to make changes detrimental to Hong Kong society and culture. For example, they would have no compunction about changing Hong Kong’s lingua franca from Cantonese, English and Traditional Chinese writing to china’s putonghua and “crippled script”, using their numbers to drown out Hong Kongers’ opposition, albeit not very strong to begin with. Under the Greater Bay Plan, that ailing voice would be made to disappear.
In addition, Hong Kongoperates on Common Law, ideally stipulating that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, guilt must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt, and everyone is equally judged under the Rule of Law. On the other hand, the chinese legal system is under the prejudice that the accused is guilty and must prove themselves innocent, using personal connections to influence judicial outcome is acceptable, and all verdicts must follow the Party line. So therefore, under the Greater Bay Plan, how will legal disputes be handled? If a Hong Konger violated china’s legislations whilst in the chinese area, will they still enjoyHong Kong’s legal protection? If a chinese violated Hong Kong’s legislations, would the chinese be allowed to employ their socio-political influence to affect the judicial outcome? Also, would Hong Kong’s Common Law system be faded out to adopt china’s, or can it extend its jurisdiction to the Greater Bay area?
Population Shuffle, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide
Simply put, if so many chinese want to reside in Hong Kong, why is china and their HKsar minions so adamant about this Greater Bay Plan? When chinese parents go out of their way to ensure their children get a Hong Kong education, why is the HKsar education department urging Hong Kong parents sending their kids to schools in china? When the average chinese is under the illusion that Hong Kong society is more liveable than china, why are Hong Kongers urged to build their home in china? When the chinese are using every means possible to have their elderly parents join them in Hong Kong, why are Hong Kong’s elderly recommended to retire in china? Despite this sounding like a conspiracy theory, the dangers is a very real possibility: the Greater Bay plan in its essence is a policy for a population shuffle, the purpose for which is a covert ethnic cleansing that would see Hong Kongers disappear, turning Hong Kong into just another chinese city. It would also be a bloodless genocide that would see the cultural and social makeup of Hong Kongexterminated from its roots up. Moreover, Hong Kong’s history would either be made to vanish or reworked into a fallacy. Fundamentally, the Greater Bay Plan would be the complete extermination of Hong Kong.
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