27 Aug – After weeks of silence following rumours that he supported the anti-extradition bill protest and Hong Kong independence, Hong Kong singer Pakho Chau has finally spoken up to express his love for his country.
As reported on Mingpao, the singer, who cleared all his posts on Instagram earlier this month after the rumours broke, went on Weibo to address the issue of his loyalty to the country.
He wrote, "Being Chinese, I love the motherland and I love Hong Kong. I have never supported Hong Kong independence and I oppose all types of violence. I hereby declare."
Pakho also forwarded a statement from his studio, which read, "Mr. Pakho Chau is a native of Hong Kong, China. He has always loved the People's Republic of China, and Hong Kong as well. Mr. Pakho Chau and the company support the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China."
"The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an integral part of the People's Republic of China. Mr. Pakho Chau has never supported the Hong Kong independence or participated in related activities. Both Mr. Pakho Chau and the company are opposed to all illegal activities and violence. We hope that everybody will stop discussing the rumours that have emerged out of nothing."
Rumours of Pakho supporting the Hong Kong independence sparked last month, when he posted a reminder for Hong Kong citizens to register to vote. Mainland netizens who saw the post speculated that Pakho was expressing support for the protest and called for a boycott against the singer, leading to a music festival in China delisting him from the event.
(Photo Source: Pakho Chau Facebook)