Seen & Heard September 9: Eddie Chu, Ken Chow, Donald Tsang, Justin Trudeau

Threats of violence continue to plague politicians and a young Canadian takes the high road when talking human rights in Hong Kong.


Long live the king (of votes)

“I have been receiving threats to myself and my family since my announcement of candidature for a LegCo seat in New Territories West. These threats however have escalated and now constituted what I considered to be credible death threats against myself and my family.”

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick (朱凱迪) outside police headquarters post-election.

 

More families under threats

“They warned if I don’t follow their orders, they will take immediate action, that my family and those who support me will pay a heavy price. […] But I do not think there is much the ICAC can do. It is outside its jurisdiction. The people are from outside Hong Kong.”

Ken Chow Wing-kan (周永勤) alleged Beijing trio forced him to quit race.

 

Words of Wisdom

“Some things, if true, cannot be eliminated no matter how hard you try; some things that are false or insubstantial, you don’t have to do anything and they will automatically disappear.”

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen (曾蔭權) turned philosophical on Hong Kong independence.

Not perfect, but always aspiring

“Canadians want us to always demand better of ourselves and we encourage people, saying, we really should work on this (applause) – and that is exactly what we are trying to do. […] I don’t think it means any less of us that we recognise that there is still work to do and that was the tenor of the conversations I had with the Chinese leadership.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Canadian Chamber of Commerce event, interviewed by Angie Lau (Bloomberg) on talking human rights with China

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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.