A letter from Edward Leung Tin-Kei to Hong Kong people
I hope that this letter of mine does not come too late.
This summer is sweltering and lengthy. Every weekend evening, I would put on earphones, listen to the news briefing on the radio, and worry about the development of the situation in Hong Kong. The other morning, I can watch the morning news on TV, and about noon, I can read the newspaper. Once and again, looking at the pictures of the bloody scenes, my mind is full of sorrow and pain.
I understand, that however hard I may try, I just cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are experiencing, and the wound you are bearing in your body and heart. In the rain of bullets, witnessing the blood on the street and hearing the moaning and crying surrounding you, you must be filled with grief and indignation.
With the number of arrests and hospitalizing increasing, I think of the future you are about to face, and the wounds that never seem to heal, I wonder, whoever can soothe the society that has been torn apart?
I have been isolated from society for over a year and a half. With limited information access, my letter may sound very cheap with these improper comments.
Nevertheless, I still hope that you could understand, with your deep loves for Hong Kong, you have demonstrated incomparable courage and surely changed the history of Hong Kong. Of course, when real justice is yet to come, you may feel full of anger in your hearts, which is just human nature. But please, please do not let yourself be controlled by hatred. Even in distress, we still need to keep a clear mind and be able to think.
I always remind myself, working in politics is not just about making our own supporters keep supporting us, but more about turning non-supporters into our supporters. It is about changing their minds and letting them agree with our direction.
As such, if we wish our society could tolerate those protestors labeled by propaganda as rioters, understand the appeals from the voiceless, and accept the expostulation from the powerless, we need to pay careful attention to every word we say and every action we take, and think about whether they make ourselves closer to our objectives, or further from them?
At this time, those who should solve society’s problem choose inaction instead and are keen on putting the fate of Hong Kong on the gambling table as a bet. What we need is not using our precious lives as our bet against them, but refining perseverance and hope in our suffering.
I sincerely pray that every Hong Konger can safely overcome this test in history.
2019 年 7 月 28 日
July 28, 2019
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