Hong Kong pro-democracy figures announced the establishment of the Hong Kong Parliament (HKP). HKP plans to organize a poll in 2023 for Hong Kongers around the world to choose their international spokespersons. Hong Kong Security Bureau (HKSB) condemned HKP founders for allegedly violating the National Security Law and subverting state power. The Bureau stated that HKP’s founders will be arrested and prosecuted.
Scholars believe the Hong Kong Government (HKgov) is overreacting, and by making it a big deal, they are promoting HKP indirectly.
On July 27, HKP’s Preparatory Committee announced the founding of the Hong Kong Parliament at a press conference in Canada.
- Victor Ho Leung-Mau is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee. Ho is a former editor-in-chief of the Canadian British Columbia edition of Sing Tao Daily.
- Baggio Leung Chung-hang will be Chairman of Public Relations. Leung is a former member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo). Leung lost his seat in 2016 after his oath-taking was ruled invalid. Leung later declared himself in exile in the United States in December 2020.
- Elmer Yuen Gong-yi, also known as Papa Yuen, will act as Chairman of International Affairs. Yuen is a commentator who has been vocal politically since the anti-extradition protest in 2019.
Security Bureau Claims Subverting State PowerOn Aug. 3, HKSB condemned the three chairmen for setting up HKP overseas. The Bureau also accused the group of violating Article 22 of the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL) for subversion of state power.
Daughter-in-law Quits Family to Support CCPOn the same day, Eunice Yung Hoi-yan, LegCo councilor of the pro-CCP New People’s Party, criticized her father-in-law’s new organization online. “Hong Kong Parliament, without a doubt, is a premeditated and malicious organization toward HKgov.”
She added, “The group plans to subvert government functioning and undermine its administration. “I fully support the authorities to set examples and crack down on any illegal acts according to Article 37 of the National Security Law.”
Yuen also urged the public to draw a line with the illegal organization.
Former People’s Power Chairman Yuen Yi-Ming and scholar Yuen Yi-Chong are his children. Eunice Yung is Elmer Yuen’s daughter-in-law, a Pro-CCP LegCo member who is married to Yuen’s son.
To make her reproach official, Eunice Yung denounced her father-in-law in an advertisement on pro-CCP news outlet Oriental Daily.
On the A23 page, her advertisement was titled “The Righteousness of a Nation, I am Renouncing My Father-in-law.”
Yung’s “Declaration” Raised Eyebrows in the Community
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Scholar Wong Kwok-wai stated that Yung used renouncement as a tactic to show CCP political loyalty.
Wong, however, said Yung being an attorney, her actions were unprofessional. It also makes her legal qualification and abilities questionable.
Wong also doubted whether Yung had asked for her husband’s approval before publishing the advertisement.
Wong was concerned. “If in the future, NSB investigates Elmer Yuen, Yung Hoi-yan might be held accountable. She might even become the regime’s snitch. Who knows?”
When asked whether HKP can be a national security threat to HKgov, Wong had a firm analysis. “Under NSL, anyone, from anywhere who challenges HKgov, its power, or requests sanctions from other countries, can be arrested.”
National Security Law Is LaughableHong Kong Parliament responded to the NSB’s statement. The group argued the so-called NSL and HKgov were never approved by real Hongkongers.
Elmer Yuen Responded: the Witch Hunt Has BegunOn Facebook Live, Yuen did not seem surprised by what his daughter-in-law had published. “This is exactly what the CCP would do—to separate you from your family and have them snitch on you. It is just like the Cultural Revolution.” Yuen also said that this would have never happened in Hong Kong in the past.
Yuen also emphasized that political persecution, a classic move of CCP, has begun. He warned his listeners that the regime will do anything to force families to turn on each other.
Snitching Culture Is Part of the Cultural RevolutionCommentator Ng Chi-sum explained in his online program, “Hongkongers no longer have the freedom to be silent on their stance. You must state where your loyalty lies.”
Ng said although unsurprising, Yung’s “declaration” was still quite a shock.
During the Cultural Revolution, it was couched that no one could be closer to you than Chairman Mao. Not even your mom and dad.
Ng also highlighted that snitching and exposing family members resembled the Cultural Revolution. He said, “Brainwashed Red Guards would execute their own parents if they heard them criticizing Chairman Mao.”
Nie Law and Shan Lam contributed to this article.