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Tung urges people to follow Sun’s splendid example

By Shadow Li
Tung urges people to follow Sun’s splendid example
Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa makes a speech during a ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of great revolutionary Sun Yat-sen's birthday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

HONG KONG - Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa called on all sections of Hong Kong society to embrace the patriotic spirit of revered national hero Dr Sun Yat-sen.

He said people should continue Sun’s endeavors to build a greater nation based on unity, loyalty to the SAR and to the country, and the can-do spirit.

Tung, vice-chairman of the country’s top political consultative body, made the appeal on Wednesday during a grand ceremony on the 150th anniversary of Sun's birth. This was hosted by more than 50 Hong Kong organizations and civil groups in Wan Chai.

About 1,200 people from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland attended the event to commemorate Sun's many achievements and to learn about his patriotism and pioneering spirit.

Former chief executive called on all sections of Hong Kong society to embrace the patriotic spirit of revered national hero Dr Sun Yat-sen

Tung, in his opening speech, recalled that Sun had devoted his life to national integrity, social progress and people's well-being.

Citing President Xi Jinping's recent speech on the 150th anniversary of Sun’s birth, Tung reiterated that "it is our solemn commitment to history and the people" to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said everyone had to ensure the country will never be torn apart again.

Any attempt to split the nation will be firmly opposed by all Chinese people, Tung stressed.

He also discussed activities by certain organizations and individuals promoting "Hong Kong independence". Tung said this had seriously violated the national Constitution and the SAR’s Basic Law. It also ran counter to Sun's patriotic spirit in pursuing the country's unification.

He said the two separatist lawmakers-elect had no regard for national sovereignty or Hong Kong’s fundamental interests. They were also oblivious of their own Chinese origins. The pair, Sixtus Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-Ching, should be dealt with in accordance with the law, added Tung.

The anti-China behavior and pro-independence advocacy by the pair was a betrayal of Sun’s patriotic legacy. It had caused widespread indignation among the whole nation, he said.

The two were stripped of their Legislative Council seats in a High Court ruling on Tuesday. Their oaths were declared invalid and void.

They had made insulting remarks about the nation and displayed banners proclaiming “Hong Kong is not China” during the swearing-in ceremony last month.

The pair had "declined" to take the LegCo oath as required under the Basic Law and the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance, the verdict said.

The High Court judgment came after the nation’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of National People's Congress (NPCSC), on Nov 7 adopted an interpretation of the Basic Law Article 104 to set out general rules.

The interpretation required oaths should be taken in a solemn, accurate and sincere way. They must also strictly follow the statutory phrasing.

Tung said the NPCSC’s latest interpretation will safeguard the rule of law. It also upholds justice and heeds the public's wishes.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, were at the event on Wednesday.

Leung said the SAR government and various groups in the city had organized events to commemorate Sun. "I hope Hong Kong people, especially the younger generation, can have a better understanding of Sun's endeavor and great accomplishments through these activities," he said.

Born in 1866, Sun is a revered revolutionary leader. He played a pivotal role in overturning imperial rule of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
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