關愛香港 Care and Love for Hong Kong
For more than a month tension between the HKSAR government and the public has been escalating due to the anti extradition bill movement. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets every week to protest and the Lennon walls are filled up with messages of grievances. After every peaceful rally there happened be violent conflicts between the police and small groups of protesters; the situation has been worsening, even with the attack on the LegCo supposedly the icon of the lawful society. The government seems to have lost control so far.
The Financial Times talked about Carrie Lam’s intended resignation which was reportedly not accepted by the Chinese government as nobody would take over until she could have cleared up the mess. The Chinese government has not responded to this.
According to Carrie Lam’s announcement, the proposed bill was dead. But the government’s and police’s ways of handling the public voicing their opposition have turned on hostility of the younger generation. Majority of the society and the leaders express their worries on the sustainability of the ‘one country, two systems’ and the erosion of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
Hong Kong society is facing a turmoil. HKU medical faculty published a survey result to tell Hong Kong people diagnosed with suspected depression has surged from a rate of 1.3% in 2011 to a widespread 9.1% recently. HK police with their role of enforcing law and order are under immense pressure going in between the government and the protesters. At times both the police and the protesters crossed with hatred and violence, with no mutual trust at all. This means Hong Kong’s law and order has been regressing. Hong Kong’s economy and future would be adversely impacted on too as capital, investment, tourism and business take the toll.
Immigration inquiring surges over this period in Hong Kong; inevitably Australia would be one of their hot pick. Certainly for us as immigrants to here since 30 plus years ago could len them helping hands.
We cannot do much to change the politics of Hong Kong but we can be of help to those who may come aboard. I hope our love on Hong Kong can fuel us to support new comers from Hong Kong.