Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June 4th and Political Expediency

June 4th is coming. (This photo was taken last year.) Several of our newly appointed deputy ministers who had attended the Candle Light Vigils before said they would not do so again.

Everyone is, of course, entitled to have their own views on the June 4th, whether for or against. Commemorating June 4th is a matter of personal conviction, requiring a certain amount of courage in the face of political might. Hong Kong can be justifiably proud that, firstly, the freedom to take such dissenting positions still exists, and secondly, that there is still a sizable number of people who are willing to take such stands when the cost for taking such a stand is continuously rising.

It is hence not unexpected, but still a sad commentary on Hong Kong when people sacrifice personal conviction for political expediency so nakedly.

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