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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 08:46

Deputy says HK needs national education

By Shadow Li

A Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress has suggested adding national education to the SAR’s school curriculum while blaming schools and parents for the weakness of young people’s national identity.

“Young people are like blank paper. It depends on how you guide them,” said David Wong Yau-kar, chairman of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong speaking in Beijing.

“So I think that parents, teachers and school board members are to be blamed for young people’s problems,” not the youths themselves, added Wong, who is also the newly elected chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.

He has proposed adding moral and national education to Hong Kong’s school curriculum. Wong said the issue was “too important” not to bring up during this year’s two sessions.

In his submissions, Wong suggested six measures, including a training program for teachers co-organized by departments from both the mainland and Hong Kong. Wong also proposed funding movies or television shows based on the historical relationship between Hong Kong and the mainland.

“In other countries or regions, people, including politicians, are proud of their national flags. However, in Hong Kong, the situation is the opposite. People are afraid of using national flags. In some cases, the national flag can be detrimental to a politician’s campaign in Hong Kong,” Wong told China Daily.

He also said some Hong Kong schools were reluctant to perform flag-raising ceremonies. Wong said this reluctance came from the schools and parents.

Wong also condemned the opposition camp’s use of so-called civil disobedience during the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign.

Civil disobedience is an act of patriotism and used to right a great injustice when all other means had failed, he explained. Wong said that he didn’t see how this was relevant to implementing universal suffrage in Hong Kong - as it was not taking rights away from anyone.

“In fact, it is giving people the right to vote. Thus, vetoing constitutional reform is the opposite of showing a democratic spirit,” said Wong.

In other countries, when people expressed civil disobedience, they demonstrated with their national flags. In Hong Kong, however, they carry the old colonial flag, noted Wong, who studied in the United States.

“The opposition camp’s behavior, though in the name of democracy, is actually advocating Hong Kong independence in a disguised form,” said Wong.

“A high degree of autonomy doesn’t mean absolute autonomy,” he stressed.
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