1 Jun – Over 2,600 artists from Hong Kong and 110 arts and culture groups within the city have expressed their support for the controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong.
As reported on Mingpao, a joint-statement was released bearing the names of pro-China celebrities like Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Wong Cho Lam, and Raymond Wong [Pak Ming].
It read, "For the National People's Congress's decision to legislate on Hong Kong's national security issues, as a member of the Hong Kong cultural and performing arts community, we have the following statement: We fully understand the importance of maintaining national security in Hong Kong, and support the National People's Congress' decision on Hong Kong's national security legislation."
"It is hoped that the relevant legislation formulated by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, it will block the loopholes in national security and at the same time protect the industry 's normal creative freedom and development space. We urge the relevant departments to fully communicate with all sectors of society to dispel doubts. We also appeal to the Hong Kong community. This is an opportunity for all walks of life to increase tolerance and understanding and bring Hong Kong back to the right track of civilisation and the rule of law. Let us start again."
Among other celebrities who were listed in support of the legislation include Kara Hui, Dada Chan, Eric Tsang, and Liza Wang.
On the other hand, netizens noticed that none of the Four Heavenly Kings, including Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau, were in the list, aside from celebrities who are known to be firm critics of the Chinese government like Denise Ho, Anthony Wong, and Chapman To.
The said security law has been a source of anger among supporters of the Hong Kong Independence movement, as it would pave the way for anti-sedition laws to be directly enacted in Hong Kong that has been enjoying its freedom for the past few decades.
(Photo Source: Mingpao)