Back in September 2016, the then social activist was dubbed the King of Votes after getting the highest number of votes atthe last Legislative Council elections that Hong Kong may possibly see, with
the 84,121 votes he garnered for his geographical constituency seat putting
Carrie Lam's 777 votes received to be selected Chief Executive of Hong Kong to
shame. I remember being very happy about the victory of the man who has long worked to better Hong Kong; this not least because I had met his acquintance and thus personally witnessed his advocacy and sincerity back in 2009, when I went on a tour of Tsoi Yuen with him as the guide.
Chu also has announced that he will be disbanding the political group he formed after the 2016 LegCo election. Nevertheless, he says, he "will never forget the beautiful times he spent working together with his comrades. He wishes everybody peace". And while that sounds fine and well, the thing is that his voiced sentiment got me thinking of Liu Xiaobo's "I have no enemies" declaration after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And, sadly, we know what happened to the Chinese dissident.
Truly, I don't want Hong Kong's political prisoners to suffer Liu's fate. Or, for that matter, that of others of Beijing's enemies who were sent to prison (and their deaths there). Actually, I don't even want people to forget them. Which is one reason why I write on this blog about the likes of Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, Figo Chan, Wu Chi-wai, Jimmy Lai, Joshua Wong, etc., etc. They may not have been the extradition bill's protest leaders but they also are people who have sought to help make Hong Kong for years now. Hence their being deserving of our support, now as well as back then.