Seen and Heard 10 June 2016

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Our selection of the previous week’s most politically charged and controversial soundbites.

“Hong Kong’s current electoral system was set up by the British colonial government. While Hong Kong is able to enjoy democratic elections thanks to that, it has also complicated [the execution of] ‘One Country, Two Systems’.” – Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (葉劉淑儀)

Ip made this statement at a panel discussion on the development of Beijing-Hong Kong relations, organised against the backdrop of the Savantas Policy Institute’s 10th anniversary. She further averred that democracy can negatively impact economic development. Ronny Tong Ka-wah (湯家驊), one of the guest speakers, joked that Ip would likely be misquoted for maligning democratic systems.


“All political systems are meant to bring about people’s happiness and well-being and offer good governance (良政善治). Has Taiwan achieved that with 20 years of universal suffrage?” – Andrew Fung Wai-kwong (馮煒光)

Fung offered this dig against Taiwan’s political system in his 10 June AM730 column., He cites a recent case of severe flooding at Taoyuan International Airport and ongoing worries over Taiwan’s tight electricity supply. As Information Coordinator for the Office of the Chief Executive, Fung has been rather industrious lately, writing columns in defence of Leung Chung-ying’s (梁振英) administration.


“‘HOCC = Hongkong Of Course is China.’ Now we know what my name means.” – Denise Ho Wan-see (何韻詩)

On Facebook, the pro-democracy singer at the heart of the Lancôme concert saga ridiculed a comment that made fun of her nickname, “HOCC”, in line with the Global Times’ accusations that she supports Hong Kong independence. In another Facebook post, Ho slammed the state media outlet for running a Cultural Revolution-style attack.