Tsang: egg metaphor is inappropriate

FINANCIAL Secretary (財政司司長) John Tsang Chun-wah (曾俊華) warned in his blog about the ‘using eggs against the high wall’ concept from a Japanese (日本的) novelist, as it created a confrontational stance between the government and people.

In 2009, novelist Haruki Murakami (村上春樹) accepted Israel’s (以色列 ) prestigious literary award, the Jerusalem Prize (耶路撒冷文學獎) for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

At the ceremony, he said, “If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg.

“Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall.

“The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals.”

In his blog on Sunday, Tsang said some local citizens had used Murakami’s remarks to describe relations between the government and Hongkongers.

However, if this kind of confrontation continued, rational discussion would be less likely and it would be harder to achieve a consensus on social issues, he continued.

In 2013, League of Social Democrats (社民連 ) secretary-general (秘書長 ) Derek Chan Tak-cheung (陳德章) threw eggs at Tsang at a political forum, and quoted this concept from Murakami as representing the people who fought against the government. Chan was sentenced to three weeks in jail.

(The Standard, 11 May 2015)