More unfounded wrong allegations

In the Diplomat, Charles Mok has some good background on the genuine need to update Hong Kong’s outdated computer crimes law, and the dangers of such a revision in the NatSec context – including likely new laws on disinformation, foreign interference and privacy, and a rubber-stamp legislature.

RFA raises the possibility of the new laws leading to a Mainland-style great firewall. On the face of it, the proposals do not envision wholescale banning of overseas websites. But in an increasingly Mainlandized environment, free access to the Internet is looking like a loophole waiting to be plugged. Given what has happened to rule of law, pan-dem politicians, Apple Daily, RTHK and so on, how can Google and YouTube not be on the NatSec system’s to-do list? 

More from Lokman Tsui.

HK Rule of Law Monitor on the Justice Dept’s demand that the court order Tong Ying-kit to pay costs after his appeal…

This means that in effect, nobody can avail themselves of the protections that the law provides on its face. Not only will the courts deny your rights, you will be punished for even trying. Not only will you be kept in prison for years on end, you will be bankrupt if you try to put up a fight.

…The Department of Justice has evolved into a mere tool to carry out the regime’s political mission of bringing Hong Kong to heel. 

Patriots are fighting back against foreign criticism. In China Daily, Grenville Cross is mightily unimpressed with Samuel Beckitt and his ‘squalid threats to [Hong Kong] prosecutors and judges’…

…the US should never forget that Hong Kong’s prosecutors love their city and their country, and that they are valiant professionals. Like the judges, they will not be deflected by threats from doing their duty and upholding the rule of law. Although Hong Kong is a small place, its people know how to stand up to the bully boys of the West, whatever skullduggery they deploy.

And in that spirit, the Law Society has produced a song by children ‘dedicated to the learning and protection of the rule of law’. All together now…

What can we do to protect Hong Kong

From unfounded wrong allegations 

Tell the world we’re working well

Rule of law is strong 

Based on law and evidence

Have faith in years to come

Comments, sadly, are turned off.

Note, among other cringy things, the clunky phrasing/stress/scansion of the lyrics within the melody – eg ‘to protect Hong Kong’, allegations’. I’ve heard a suggestion that the voices are synthesized. You have to wonder if it’s a parody, or a deliberate act of sabotage that the organizers were too gullible to notice.

I have downloaded a copy – in case they tragically have the brains to remove it…

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17 Responses to More unfounded wrong allegations

  1. Kwun Tong Bypass says:

    Being repetitively boring: I like the brainwashing song of defunct Marx-Leninist Eastern Germany better:

    When will they build a wall around Hong Kong to prevent people from leaving?

  2. Stanley Lieber says:

    The only non-mainland feature of Hong Kong the regime wishes to retain is its hard-currency status, for purposes of fund-raising & money laundering.

    Everything else is on a list to be mainlandised with vigour and will be gotten around to, sooner rather than later, and Mr Lee is just the sort of chap to get the job done.

  3. Low Profile says:

    Poor children! A day or two ago Chris Tang took a (presumably planted) question from a primary school kid asking what they can do to help safeguard national security. In a decent society the answer would be “You’re far too young to worry about stuff like that; go away and play”, but the official answer is probably “Join the Junior Snitch Club and shop your unpatriotic parents to the Old Bill” or some such.

  4. Chinese Netizen says:

    “Skullduggery”???? *giggle*

    Poor Grenville must have been seriously wronged by some Yank some time in his life. The good thing is, does ANYONE actually read “China Daily”? Other than a bored businessman that has it slid under the door of his hotel room on the mainland (in addition to getting late night phone calls to see if he wants “massagee”)?

  5. reductio says:

    @Chinese Netizen

    You mock, but Skullduggery indeed it is, Sir. In this time of pesilence we are fortunate that the heavens have seen it apt to bestow upon us Grenvillius Crucis. These so-called “Democrats”, Sir, are but cocking a snook at Hong Kong and its denizens. But their deviltry and shenanigans will avail them naught as Our Glorious Motherhand has unmasked these blackguards for the knaves, scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells that they truly are.

  6. Paul Lewis says:

    The government often says it is enforcing the law.
    But are the laws clear, just, fair, enforced correctly, and most important, are the laws supported by the people?

  7. Mary Melville says:

    Even with masks on it is clear that the kids are just mouthing ………. whatever, not even lip syncing, and this is underlined by the credit of only 8 vocalists and some of them look older than the ‘choir’ members. Kids of that age don’t know what ‘allegation’ means never mind pronounce the word.
    Written by Melissa Pang, say no more. Probably a Eurovision fan?
    All those cadres over the border must be astonished at how HKers are introducing constricts on society that they spend their days working out ways to get around.

  8. Boris Badanov says:

    Law enforcement requires careful and benevolent exercise or discretion. HK law enforcers were always a bit brainlessly clockwork but no their malevolently clockwork in their rule by law excuses for oppressive enforcement of the law.

  9. Low Profile says:

    I kept thinking that “unfounded wrong allegations” is redundant. Then I realised it was necessary to distinguish them from “unfounded right allegations” as favoured by CY Leung, who recently argued that evidence is an unnecessary luxury.

  10. Chris Maden says:

    Perhaps the Lawless Society should remember that thing about ultra virus (operating outside of a company’s stated business aims). But really, the song is so awful that it can only be an attempt at self-parody.

  11. Stephen says:

    The kids in the choir all resplendent in their face muzzles. Oh the irony !

  12. FishChris says:

    @chinese netizen RE: Poor Grenville – I suspect it was more than one Yank… likely the whole Scout troop.

  13. Knownot says:

    “What can we do to protect Hong Kong
    From unfounded parody and satire?”
    – Sing a patriotic song
    Which causes derision utter.

    Today I couldn’t write a song
    Worse, or in a sense better;
    For their song goes beyond
    Any parody or satire.

  14. dimuendo says:

    Noticeable the President has crossed fingers.

    Is that seditious? Or subversive? Or simply honest?

  15. Chinese Netizen says:

    Reductio: Brilliant 😉

  16. Reader says:

    @Chris Maden

    Oh, to be operating ‘ultra virus’.

  17. Red Dragon says:

    Poor old Greville.

    The Cross Hong Kong has to bear.

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