My nomination for Silver Bauhinia Star must go to ‘Dingo2006’, for going public with her single-minded determination to identify exactly what she wants and stop at nothing to obtain it. Where would Hong Kong be today without people like her? We’d still be living in caves. Why a young woman should imagine that only a ‘hard-working’ man from an investment bank trading floor is acceptable as a potential mate, to the extent that she will hang around the building lobby in the hope of netting one, is debatable. But when Dingo is presented with the medal, it will be in recognition not of her taste but her resolve and drive, not to mention the fact that she is, if inadvertently, side-splittingly funny.
If only we could say the same about participants in the ongoing uproar over the Great Hong Kong University Li Keqiang Visit Police Brutality Mayhem of 2011. Idealistic and bright-eyed students at Asia’s finest seat of learning were shocked and dismayed last week when the cops physically barred them from exercising their right to hurl abuse at China’s next Premier when he came to give a talk on campus.
Vice-Chancellor Tsui Lap-chee later sent everyone a far-too-lengthy email expressing remorse about how “the occasion was marred by some imperfect arrangements and an unhappy incident” and “could have been better planned and organised.” Students demanded a full apology. Ranting patriot Lau Nai-keung in China Daily declared that the only people who deserved an apology from HKU were the cops and certainly not ‘frantic protestors’.
The Vice-Chancellor, loyalties clearly torn between the nation’s senior leadership and his ill-mannered, bratty undergraduates, now duly says sorry to his radical young charges and at least implicitly hints at blaming the police. (Even the government itself seems slightly contrite about the over-the-top security arrangements for Vice-Premier Li’s imperial tour. No-one can bring themselves to spell out that when a top visitor from Beijing drops by, the usual rules don’t apply, and thank heavens it’s only once every couple of years.)
Flip-flopping, hand-wringing procrastination and denial. What can we say except: Dingo for Vice-Chancellor.