So... Paul Tse, a pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong, openly admitted on a TV show yesterday that he was supported by the Liaison Office, which is
indirectly admitting that he has CCP (Chinese Communist Party) approval.
Here's a quick introduction to Paul: Although pro-government, he's a well-known attention-seeker and is easily the weirdest politician in the city.
-Dressed up in his underwear to carry that message that protection by the law is a birthrright
-Voted against minimum wage (nearly every other politician, whether pro-Beijing, pan-democratic, or pro-business, voted 'yes')
-Suggested impeaching Donald Tsang, the last Chief Executive, after several scandals. The only other supporters of impeachment were the radical
-After 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung (one of the radicals I mentioned above) was imprisoned, Paul motioned to strip of of his Legislative Council
seat... then voted against the motion
-and lots more.
This time, he's being even weirder than before. He admitted that the Liaison Office, which is virtually the CCP's office in Hong Kong, has helped
him canvass for votes. He also said he would never 'completely surrender' to the CCP (so has he 'partially surrendered'?)
If you follow Hong Kong political news, you've probably heard of the McCarthyism that anti-government legislators constantly hurl at each other.
(Even among the anti-government politicians, Hong Kong is pretty partisan.) For example, People Power still frequently accuses the Democratic Party of
'surrendering' to the CCP after their compromise with the Liaison Office on the political reforms of 2010, while the Democratic Party accused People
Power of being funded by pro-CCP people to put up big adverts. If only the anti-government politicians were as honest.
Speaking of the Democratic Party, they just filed a complaint against Tse to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Although honesty is the
best policy, it does not seem to be paying back for Tse...
I wonder if Western politicians have been equally honest about their ties to Freemasonry?
Pro-government newspaper Sing Pao: www.singpao.com...
Relatively neutral newspaper Sing Tao: news.sina.com.hk...
Usually-neutral-but-has-turned-somewhat-pro-Leung newspaper Ming Pao:
Anti-government pro-US newspaper Apple Daily: hkm.appledaily.com...