Margaret Chan, Article 23 in resurrection attempts

Former Health Secretary Margaret Chan supposedly wants to be CE, with backing from the Better Hong Kong Foundation. Looks like a desperate attempt by the tycoons to get a buddy into the job to help deflect or dilute Beijing-ordered measures to tackle the housing issue. Obviously the shoe-shiners didn’t get the memo saying that decades of having the middle class’s wealth handed to them on a plate are over. And if the CCP wants a new figurehead to replace Carrie Lam, it won’t go for a genteel 74-year-old ex-WHO matron – the Leninist project needs cold-blooded hatchet-wielders.

On cue, Chief Secretary John Lee issues yet another whiny response to an international publication – this time the Economist for an editorial bad-mouthing the new ‘improved’ election system. The really hip and cool way to handle such criticism would be to ignore it rather than publicize it, but with Beijing’s officials mouth-frothing down your neck, subtlety is not an option. 

Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses the new all-patriots-some-in-quarantine Legislative Council. She indulges in one of the few things that really get her hot and sticky – a restructuring of government bureaucracies. (But will the rearranged departments still be headed by the same old incompetents? We wait with bated breath.) 

She also announces more NatSec crimes, courtesy of a somewhat overdue ‘Article 23’ law.

No details, obviously, but if we recall the first attempt at Article 23 nearly 20 years ago, replacing colonial-era sedition laws was a key feature. At the time, it was because the offenses were archaic and had fallen into disuse. Now, it will be because they have sprung back to life but carry woefully insufficient British-style namby-pamby sentences of two years. (Will we be revisiting ‘misprision of treason’ too?)

More coverage on the enjoy-it-while-it-lasts resurrected sedition law from Reuters and The Conversation.

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7 Responses to Margaret Chan, Article 23 in resurrection attempts

  1. Chinese Netizen says:

    Shouldn’t the little quotation marks be on “Election” in that Standard headline?

  2. Mary Melville says:

    Will BHKF cough up for a new wig and make over? Matronly frump does not signal the advent of a dynamic new era.

  3. Fishchris says:

    Aren’t we all guilty of misprision of treason? We all knew where her insistence on the extradition bill would lead and that her intent was treason against the will of the people of Hong Kong… most of us did not report it to the “proper authority” (which is who?) and now we all conceal it so we won’t get narc’ed on to the national security stasi.

  4. Knownot says:

    In 2010, when she was head of the WHO, Margaret Chan visited North Korea for 2-1/2 days, spent mostly in Pyongyang, where, she said, she did not see any obvious signs of malnutrition.

    She noted that North Korea has abundant medical staff, as no-one is allowed to emigrate, and so its health system would be the envy of many developing countries.

  5. Stanley Lieber says:

    Margaret Chan — phwoar!

  6. Reader says:


    I think you’ve screwed up – it’s (Tung Chee Hwa’s) OUR Hong Kong Foundation that allegedly backed the fragrant Margaret Chan for CE, not the BETTER Hong Kong Foundation, of Li Ka-shing and buddies.

    Anyway the “”think tank”” now denies it gives a fig about her anyway.

  7. Chinese Netizen says:

    @Knownot: I visited Hong Kong once for two days, stayed in a 5-star hotel in Admiralty and came away of the opinion that EVERY single person there is obscenely rich, have chauffeur driven Alphtards or Bentleys, are members of clubs and toy around with young, coy mistresses. The China Dream is alive and well!

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