August 13, 2020
Joy amid Helplessness
Joy amid Helplessness
Hong Kong originated as a small fishing village but with all the luck has become a stepping stone for the western world into China. Since being surrendered as a colony to Britain Hong Kong served as bridge between the west and the east enjoying as a free entity. For over a hundred years after the Qing Dynasty, the world takes Hong Kong as a crucial logistic, trading and financial center, enhancing economy and development of China on one hand, as well as bringing western technology and culture into the country. This was made possible only because Hong Kong was a peaceful, free and open society.
Since the handover for 22 years, with the growing power of China, Hong Kong has been losing self-control. With the incapable SAR governments one after another, Hong Kong future is not optimistic at all and is heading down a direction in parallel with some major cities in China. HongKongers have been working hard for their economy but in the expense of freedom and justice, with their remaining bit of peace started being eroded away over the past months.
Some HongKongers employ peaceful and rational approach in fighting for freedom; some went for violent protesting means up against government’s hard-line control. Some just want more opportunities handed down by China so that that could lead a normal life to the extent that they are happy to forfeit some personal freedom and social democracy.
The fight put up by HongKongers over the past six months has demonstrated their passion and persistence of freedom and won the support from the Western world. But Hong Kong is facing an autocratic government used to be indifferent to human right and freedom.
The Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was held in Beijing on 31st October. That left Hong Kong people with no uncertainty that over the coming 28 years Hong Kong would never be the same as before irrespective of who would become the Chief Executive. Because China would not allow Hong Kong to have more freedom that might impact on the national security. Many HongKongers would feel disappointing and helpless, so as I felt hopeless.
On Tuesday night I attended the concert tour of Rev Stephen Tong and the Jakarta Orchestra in Melbourne. Among the performance items was Beethoven’s ninth symphony fourth movement “Ode to Joy” which reminded me of God’s love could bring humanity together living in peace and joy. When the fall of the Berlin Wall happened, this piece of music was sung by people from East Germany and West Germany in unity to mark their celebration of peace.
Their performance indeed reminded me the world is still in the hands of God. In all helpless circumstances, God call us all in unity and peace.