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長空無二 | 24th Feb 2012 | 長空子隨筆 | (367 Reads)
I may be idealistic but I do not find myself suffering the pessimism, despite of the recent infamous competition for the office of CE. I believe in progressive development into modern democracy, which shall protect people’s freedom and shall allow a balance of interest of various interested parties, from whatever regime which is not-so-much or not-at-all democratic like what we have at the moment.

In the past, people in Hong Kong seldom relied on the colonial government but used own endeavour maneuvering for their benefit and survival (e.g. the “Great Migration” in 90’s). After the handover and putting the Basic Law in practice, people realized that the government shall work for people’s benefit and thus pendulum swings from one end to the other. People become used to stand up and yell for self-interest, intending to exploit the administrative resources for their benefit. Some complainants may appear to me emotional and irrational, but overall they indicate the people’s awareness of participation in local social and political debates and discussions. I perceive such a progress of moving towards democracy in Hong Kong, on the back of colonial history and under the influence of CCP. What the people are lacking at the moment is the self-awareness of balancing their rights and obligations, which is fundamental to modern and sustainable democracy, rather than the so-called “social harmony”. In my opinion, competition for economic, political and social resources for self-interest is rational and inevitable. Accordingly, “social harmony” merely means such competition without bloodshed and chaos. Suppressing or “harmonizing" the said competitions contributes no more but fuels the turbulence detrimental to “social harmony” itself. Therefore, by definition, democracy is an ideology guiding the people to balance their economic, political and social interest, and forms the underlying principle of the practical way of passing the political power from unpopular existing one to the voters’ choice, which, however may not always be a clever one. “Regulating” the power struggle (or restricting the spill-out effect of such power struggle), in my opinion, is the very reason for democracy.

Appointment of either Tong or Leung or Tsang or even Yip-Lau as the CE for the next 5 years is irrelevant to the ideology, but the motivation, the awareness, and the way the people participate in the game is influential to the long term evolvement of democracy in HK. What is happening at the moment, in my opinion, actually creates a strong momentum pushing the whole society towards universal suffrage in 2017, which will be irreversible regardless of the willingness of the ruling class and hegemony. Ironically, the worse the candidate, the stronger the momentum.