Two major Hong Kong business associations, Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese Manufacturers' Association, yesterday respectively published statements on newspapers slamming the "Occupy Central" movement for gambling with Hong Kong's economy to endanger financial and commercial activities and overall interests of Hong Kong people. Sternly worded and out of a sense of justice, the statements speak the minds of many business people and citizens.
However, Benny Tai Yiu-ting - a founder of Occupy Central - and his ilk are unlikely to give heed to the two business associations' earnest and well-meant advice and good-intentioned reminder. More and more evidence shows that Occupy Central is a plotted political attack with its goal and implementing steps. Whatever advices various sectors may offer, whatever good will the Central Government may show, asking them to give up Occupy Central in the nick of time is just like getting blood out of a stone or asking a tiger for its hide.
Right now, Benny Tai and his ilk are making active preparations to launch so-called "a day of discussing together". According to their plan, three "days of discussing together" will be launched to work out a universal suffrage scheme, which then would be presented to the public to collect signatures. If over 10,000 signatures are collected, the scheme will be handed over to the SAR and Central Governments. If the SAR and Central Governments refuse to accept it, they will start Occupy Central and take even more radical actions to strive for "genuine universal suffrage" through civil disobedience.
Anyone with a discerning eye can easily see that, such a so-called "discussing together" process to work out a "universal suffrage" scheme has nothing to do with the principles of election the Chief Executive by universal suffrage and the "five stages" in activating the universal suffrage procedures as stipulated in the Basic Law, and flings the earlier speech by Chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress Qiao Xiaoyang in Shenzhen to the winds, as if the Basic Law never existed, as if Qiao Xiaoyang never made the speech in Shenzhen, as if the CE election in 2017 were like a piece of blank paper to be painted with whatever colours one wished. Is it likely that the SAR and Central Governments could possibly consider and accept such a scheme worked out through such a process? The answer is self-evident.
As a matter of fact, carefully plotted and manipulated by Benny Tai and his ilk, the so-called "days of discussing together", working out a scheme and collecting people's signatures... are all but tricks or cover-ups to cheat the public. The only result for playing all such cover-up tricks is to Occupy Central on the pretext that the Central Government won't accept the popular will and won't give genuine universal suffrage
In their calculations based on their wishful thing, Occupy Central has long been decided by Benny Tai and his ilk and their wire-pulling masters as a must move that cannot be shaken even by a thunder. The purpose is to stir up a civil disobedience movement similar to the "Jasmine Revolution" right in Hong Kong - a special administrative region of China, in a crucial time when the Central Government is to further implement "one country two systems" and pursue the goal of universal suffrage set by the Basic Law, when Hong Kong has to find a way to sustain its economic development, when the Central Government under the "Xi （Jingping）-Li （Keqiang）" new team leads the nation to build a moderately prosperous society, and when our country's comprehensive national strength and military muscle keeps growing. "Occupy Central" is the "made-in-Hong Kong version" copying Egyptian masses occupying Cairo's central plaza to eventually overthrown the regime of （then Egyptian President） Hosni Mubarak.
When one day this should happen, "one country two systems" and the Basic Law, like gold tried in the fire, can stand the test of time. However, foreign investors would begin to see Hong Kong – a hitherto never-politically-led economic city - as a dangerous place. Mainland and foreign tourists would hesitate to come for fear of riots. Internally Hong Kong society would become further divided and antagonist with violence on the rise and conflicts everywhere. Because of Occupy Central, the whole Hong Kong society would be dealt a heavy blow and have to pay a bitter price!
Therefore, if one thinks Benny Tai and his ilk launches Occupy Central is really to strive for "genuine universal suffrage" - hence if the Central Government would agree to allow some "pro-democratic" candidates to run the CE election, Central would remain as stable as before and there would be peace in Hong Kong, then he is really too naive and too much underestimate the opposition's "capability". They want Occupy Central for the purpose of making trouble in Hong Kong, and making trouble in Hong Kong is to resist against China and even "Occupy the Central Kingdom" with the "universal value" of "one man one vote"!
The vicious consequences of Occupy Central must never be underestimated. Hong Kong people must firmly oppose the movement, rising up to safeguard Central, safeguard Hong Kong, and safeguard national security and people's interests.
21 May 2013