IN a rare outburst during a policy address, Chief Executive (行政長官) Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) attacked publications put out by the University of Hong Kong Students’ Union (香港大學學生會 ) because, he said, they called for self-determination for SAR citizens.
“The 2014 February issue of Undergrad (學苑), the official magazine of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, featured a cover story ‘Hong Kong people deciding their own fate’,” he said, looking very put out by such content in the twice-a-year magazine.
That followed a book titled Hong Kong Nationalism (香港民族論), published by Undergrad in 2013.
“It advocates that Hong Kong should find a way to self-reliance and self- determination,” Leung said, adding, “Undergrad and other students, including student leaders of the Occupy movement, have misstated some facts.”
He then urged political figures with close ties to student leaders “to advise them against putting forward such fallacies”.
Undergrad’s February 2014 cover essay by Wong Chun-kit (王俊杰), the assistant chief editor, had included the line, “We need to defend the freedom of promoting independence of Hong Kong until death.”
In his post-address press briefing, Leung offered more examples of the Undergrad essays that jarred.
And he again singled out Wong for supposedly writing about Hong Kong citizens being a people apart.
“The statements, the remarks, are not in line with our constitutional status,” Leung said. “He gave some erroneous descriptions of our status.”
Another essay to which Leung took exception was about Hong Kong people needing to fight for their future and the choices of relying on forces on the mainland or on foreign forces for independence.
Leung Kai-ping (梁繼平), who was editor-in-chief of Undergrad in February last year, responded in the wake of Wednesday’s attack: “CY Leung is smearing us.
“Independence is taboo for Hong Kong, but what we did is only put it out there for public discussion.”
The chief executive also pointed to another essay by an editor of Undergrad that compared Hong Kong with Singapore (新加坡) and looked at how the SAR could have its own military.
(The Standard, Mary Ann Benitez and Kenneth Lau, 15 January, 2015)