Keeping Powers in Check

Since many Singaporeans do not read Cantonese, they will turn to the mainstream media in Singapore, which are favourable towards the Chinese government and HK Establishment. Yet, upon deeper thinking, the prolonged protests in Hong Kong have brought up some very interesting observations.

These media will hardly show police brutality and the massive disgust shown by HK public against police brutality and will also avoid publishing in-depth public opinion poll of Hong Kongers. They will even avoid going in-depth on why the protests have developed into a state of violence when they could be curbed at the earliest possible stage.

The key problem is, HK government under Carrie Lam has totally ignored public opinion. When the HK government refused to response proactively to the two million protesters on the street going against the extradition law amendment, then it naturally pushes the public opinion towards a more aggressive protests to exert their demands.

However, police brutality has overtaken as the key issue which fuelled the recent increasingly violent protests. This is something that Singaporeans cannot understand this as the key issue.

The simple view is that police brutality is justified because the protesters are violent – never mind who started it first. While they would label violent protesters as “rioters” or even “mobsters”, they do not realize that they themselves have become supporters of MOB Rule, while the mob rule is actually carried out by the police instead.

I am against mob rule or even using violence in protests. But I am more concerned about police brutality as it is the fuel of reasons for the escalation of violence. When layman breaks the law as in violent protest, the police could arrest them and charge them in court. But when the police use excessive illegal force against protesters, reporters, by-passers and even those under their custody, who could bring them to justice?

At this moment, the mechanism of checks on police has broken down totally and Carrie Lam government has resisted the demand on convening an independent commission of inquiry.

This is the key crux of the matter. The longer this saga is prolonged, the more illegal acts of police will surface and these will perpetuate a catalyst for more violent protests. The police is under prolonged mental and physical stress and it is just natural for them to become mentally unstable over time. That’s a very dangerous developmental trend.

HK government will have to break this vicious cycle instead of adding oil to the fire by announcing measures which could only push the protesters and public opinion towards the extremes.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has done a very important survey. First it shows that over 48% of Hong Kongers are extremely fed up with the police which have zero trust and confidence in them. Compare this to similar poll done during the Occupy Central 2012, whereby police practice great restrains, only 9.1% of Hong Kongers gave zero in trust and confidence in HK police.

Over 80% of HK, including 72% of middle ground, supported the demand to convene the independent commission of inquiry. There must be reasons why majority of Hong Kongers still supported the main demands of the protesters and the key sign lies in the support of the middle ground non-partisan group. Heck, even close to 24% of pro-establishment HK polled supported this move.

Ultimately, unchecked powers are a big “no”.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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14 Responses to “Keeping Powers in Check”

  • Harder Truths:

    Goh – can you go over there and not come back? Sick to death of people like you jumping on the HK bandwagon and showcasing your empty head with a little thought rattling around it now and again.

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  • ToBeHanged:

    Rogue rulers need protection and power to strike fear or commit legitimate violence on their subjects/rival if need be. The police have been disciplined and tasked to fill the role of “shield and sword” of the rulers.

    The police just take orders blindly and see things only in “black and white”. Understandably the rulers will never demoralize or hold the police accountable for violence inflicted on their behalf.

    The battle thus is between people and rulers(not police). The rulers acted above the law and incensed the people and they retaliated. HK is fortunate that the people struck or attacked the “furnishing” of the govt. For what the govt did to them, these rulers could literally be hanged by the people.

    The mindless police and soldiers are the rulers shield and weapons to wear down and take down(violently) their subjects or rivals.

    Bear in mind the police are heavily equipped to kill for the rulers. Thus far, the people basically rocked the city – no physical harm inflicted on rulers(the real enemy) whereas the rulers had beaten bloody the people, violated the modesty of women, blinded an eye, shot at kids, thrown thousands in jail unrighteously etc etc. through the arms of the mindless police.

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  • TruBlu:

    Hongkongers got balls.
    They got patriotism.
    They got NATIONAL PRIDE.
    They got determination.
    They got Bravery.
    They got SOCIALLY-MINDED EDUCATED YOUNG PPL.

    WHAT DO WE HAVE?

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  • Bad Boy:

    Mr GMS , finally a better piece from you.

    Was it yesterday or this afternoon, theres a program on HK protest where sg interview some of the protesters, one couple put it correctly if now they dont for whats their right ( against CCP? ), the new generation will be more difficult.

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  • opposition dude:

    The Hong Kong government isn’t doing much to address the protests, it would be seen as giving in to them and thus embolden them to just have a protest whenever they are unhappy about something. And as we are all well aware, face is very important in chinese culture.

    So this is basically a game of seeing who blinks first. The protesters have all the time in the world since they haven’t got tired of it more than 3 months later. And come on, how many mata can you deploy against thousands of protesters anyway?

    So until one side waves the white flag we can all expect weekly protests for some time to come.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    The problem is Hong Kong is that the protestors are delusional. Hong Kong is part of China so demands for democracy is ludicrous. The “one country, two system” is just a face-saving gimmick by the Brits. If they really cared about the people of Hong Kong they should have given them a UK passport which would allow them to migrate to the UK. The unreat in Hong Kong will be finally solved by the PLA – Tiananmen II.

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  • Sinchiapor Press Holdings:

    151st ranking in Freedom of Press Global Index – one notch behind Bangla Desh – shallow, biased, opportunistic.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    I’m in awe of Mr. Goh Meng Seng’s bravery, but appalled by his naiveté. There is an inherent contradiction in this argument: Push the police enough to respond forcefully and you will win sympathy. But the police leadership is not stupid, and they recognize this tactic and can respond to neutralize it (as the author appears to acknowledge at one point). It will end up as force against force, and in any show of controlled force, the public will lose and the worst elements get all the publicity and news coverage. I also remember what happened when the press interviewed participants to find out what the movement wanted… and the answer was different depending on who you asked.

    The Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam, who has all the charisma of a fish in a tank in a Cantonese restaurant has mishandled the events in Hong Kong. The reason is simple, she does not pay attention to the legitimate demands of her own people but only responds to the wishes of the authorities in Beijing. Then it became a matter of time and sufficient reason for the Chinese government to assert its authority. That it would do so once the legal impediment of the lease ended was clearly foreseeable, as seen by the 1959 occupation of Tibet on arguably tenuous grounds.

    It’s not likely TAM will happen in Hong Kong. Xi is too sophisticated for that. He will encourage the protesters to think they’ve achieved something, there will be a period of relative peace, and then Xi will swoop down quickly and hard just as Modi did in Kashmir. As in Kashmir it will be an overnight fait accompli. What did Pakistan do about it? Nothing, but complain to an international (feckless) tribunal.
    What will the world do when Hong Kong is taken over? Nothing.

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  • Bapak:

    We have clowns.

    TruBlu:
    Hongkongers got balls.
    They got patriotism.
    They got NATIONAL PRIDE.
    They got determination.
    They got Bravery.
    They got SOCIALLY-MINDED EDUCATED YOUNG PPL.

    WHAT DO WE HAVE?

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Ha-ha-ha-ha! The HK’s uber rich are the ones feeling the pain as the HK economy slides into an economic recession! Property prices slide & businesses are at a standstill!

    China can’t be bother to intervene as the consequences are enormous (world condemnation) compared to letting HK degenerate into chaos & lawlessness! Ultimately, the HK top strata of society are having their karma after “screwing” the HK masses for decades! The Chinese leaders letting the HK crowd punished the rich for their excesses!

    Now the wealthy are “running” away from the mess they created to places like S’pore. The PAP govt should put up signs saying “Welcome to S’pore!” for them & stationed EDB officers to meet-&-greet them at Changi airport. Maybe they should provide a guided tour of Jewels since the crowds disappeared!

    After all, the end of HK’s economy is a godsend to S’pore’s own flagging economy! Where do you think that the sudden upturn in S’pore’s own property market came from? Maybe they could push property prices sky-high & re-enact the same conditions that they subject HK to?

    P.s. GMS writings are a little wonky! Cantonese uses Chinese Characters in the written form. How can S’poreans not be able to read “Cantonese” when it is actually Chinese characters? You’ve got me confused? Besides Cantonese in the vernacular form isn’t alien to us – GMS, are you vaping high concentration of THC oil?

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  • Arrogance n self supreme:

    Repatriation of criminals is a god damn duty of one nation to another. To say no to all repatriation is just as evil as unconditioned repatriation! This is how political refugees gpt their names for political refugees suggest they seek protection from political persecution which is a difference in ideology n tolerance n not humanly perceived norms of crimes! Repariation of hard core criminals to the country requested is really a divine duty providing sufficient verification the crime committed is universally accepted with the social norm of crime regardless of culture, eg murder n human abuse.
    This is the seed of HK prevailing misfortune which turn into mindlessness . Compliancy to the power therebe or putting self before nation incrring betrayal of sworn oath of office to serve in the interests n benefits of the citizenry is repungnant n generally the epicentre of destruction.This is why compliancy of non political bureaucrats is nation destructive esp the institution of laws n justice deliberators.

    Government brutality n oppression will not happen if the non political kinsitutions n bureaucrats remain independent n not succumb or compliant to the power therebe . All patroits, regardless of nation or its political ideology, r naturally men with stiff spines n would not succumb m compliant to the power therebe. Succumbation n compliant to the prevailing power really imply subjugation in the interests n benefits of self n lapses into treason for such prevailing power needing such subjugation n compliance is putting self interests n benefits above the nation n literally implicate treason. A government is restrainable from moving towards treaonois activities as long as the nonpolitical bureaucrats, in particular those involved in Judiciary n National Security, remain independently courageous n resists compliance demanded with threats n/or corruptive lures by the prevailing power, nation will remain robust else compliancy leads to disintegration n destruction of the nation regardless of political doctrine including Communism which effectively ideal goodness in itself but with compliance arising from greeds n envies, it will collapse .like the other political ideologies.

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  • Same Evil DNA:

    HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:
    The problem is Hong Kong is that the protestors are delusional. Hong Kong is part of China so demands for democracy is ludicrous. The “one country, two system” is just a face-saving gimmick by the Brits. If they really cared about the people of Hong Kong they should have given them a UK passport which would allow them to migrate to the UK. The unreat in Hong Kong will be finally solved by the PLA – Tiananmen II.

    This is not ludicrous.
    This freedom is guaranteed under the Basic Law that Beijing signed, registered in UN. CCP is basically going against what she promised and that is very troubling, given that China is now a rising power.
    HK is just fighting to get what was promised, there is no illusion to CCP atrocities.

    HKers have shown the world what a powerful China under CCP is capable of.
    A rising China under CCP is now a global threat.
    Everyone should thank HKers for that courage and sacrifice to show the true colours of CCP masquerading under capitalism.

    As usual, pigs media suck up the wrong thing at the wrong time.
    When the tide is turning against CCP’s bullying and tyranny, Sillypore is the only developed economy that kept silent and helping to spread CCP propaganda and misinformation.
    Perhaps pigs are very afraid, as what CCP is doing, the tactics are so similar to the ways of the pigs, brainwashing included.

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  • Not Daft Anymore:

    GMS has been getting information from the right sources.
    He is very right this time.

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  • Evil Back Fired At Last:

    The escalation is precisely what the CCP wanted.
    CCP wanted a valid reason to takeover HK administration by force.

    There are policemen masquerading as rioters, setting fires.
    Some arrested and missing demonstrators are now surfacing as deaths from suicides, further spreading the intimidation.

    The CCP global propaganda machinery continues to play out in full force, but many back-fired badly instead.
    The latest is on NBA, South Park and Blizzards, the reactions, especially from the usual unconcerned American public is now visibly anti CCP, the bullying heightened the awareness of CCP’s evil influences and suppression of freedom globally.
    Despite the official rhetoric, Chinese citizens continue to flood the recent Shanghai NBA season, paying only lip services and tokenism.
    Ironically, it’s seems that Chinese has placed basketball above loyalty.

    Moreover, the events in HK will help the re-election of Tsai in Taiwan.
    Anyone who is not anti-CCP will not win the presidential election.

    The CCP run Chinese economy is now under stress, every economic figure is down. There is a credit crunch and CCP cronies are all out to get greedy investment funds into China, in order to prop up the financial Ponzi.
    Everyone should now be aware that it is easy to get money into China, but very hard to repatriate the funds out without facing hefty fees and taxes.
    China is now a high risk investment.

    The HK Democracy Act will soon be passed, and the free rides, cheating and stealing practices by CCp will soon be facing retributions. All HK administration officials who lead the bloodbaths in HK will be sanctioned. Their foreign wealth will be investigated and frozen, bar from entry to western democracies.
    The Almighty is watching, the good will prevail.

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