Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung recently issued a letter to all the primary and secondary schools that calls the principals for banning all activities related to dissenting the national security law. The letter furthered that teachers and students who took part, convened, organised or persuade others to join should be disciplined and punished.
On the next day, Yeung attended a local radio show to openly disapprove of a song called “Glory to Hong Kong”, sung by many during the Anti-Extradition Law protests, for it is a means of political propaganda. He reasoned that no anthems carrying political messages should be allowed. When being asked whether a performance at school of the famous song “Do You Hear the People Sing” of the musical Les Misérables was proper, Yeung said that it depended upon the purpose of the performance. He pinpointed that, according to the Chinese report of Radio Television Hong Kong, the question was not about the lyrics but whether there was any purpose to push forward some messages through the singing. He added that there would be promotion materials of the national security law waiting for teachers and students.
Clearly, for an authoritarian regime like the CCP, what is expressly written in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Hong Kong is a signatory, that no child should be discriminated against because of their political or other opinions, that the child shall have the right to freedom of expression including to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds in any form, is something to be ignored, defied and given contempt. This attitude is consistent with their treatment of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
We are reminded that the evil CCP opened the curtain for the Cultural Revolution by criticising a Chinese opera. It appears that something similar is brewing in Hong Kong. If the CCP are not eradicated, chances are that students in Hong Kong are going to be moulded to resemble the nationalistic Chinese youths today, the “Little Pink” who are programmed to abandon contemporary humanity values and denounce the West.