….wild is the wind…creative free speech is the seed….
There are ample news items about the death of Mr Szeto Wah in Hong kong on the 2nd January 2011. A simple google will give you a lot of results in english and chinese about the topic. (Wikipedia link) Mr Szeto Wah is most notable for his early Hong Kong Teachers’ Trade Union lobby, his constant pressure on CCP Communist Government in Beijing to stop denying the atrocities of Tiananmen Massacre & other ongoing human rights violation. Most recently his founding organisation Hong KOng Alliance was extremely active in the lobby effort to Free the Nobel Peace Laureate.
So it is not with a sense of sadness that I write this article but rather with a sense of heartfelt respect and more importantly; a sense of continuity.
I do not believe we are saying good bye to Mr Szeto Wah’s life-work, rather we are in the process of greeting his LEGACY. An uncompromising willingness to support Human Rights & Civil liberties; regardless of the size of the oppression or the power of the bullies.
I am not a great Poet in Chinese, but let us consider this excerpt from a poem by a student of Szeto Wah’s, Anna Cheung :
Still, I want to tell you, countless numbers cannot spare your spirit!
Perhaps we are selfish to ask for your Eternal presence,
We want to hear your tales, learn from your spirit,
Though you have left (physically), we do not say farewell.
When we meet in the eternal here-after, I will tell you:
The people of Hong kong obtained Democracy, as did those in China,
We succeeded. Peacefully we conquered the oppressive forces that created “Tian an men Massacre”.
** Since I cannot put it better than Ms Cheung, instead of running to the media to hop on the band wagon voicing “crocodile tears of concern” while secretly enjoying the idea that a “thorn in Beijing CCP government’s side” was gone. I will instead help all those who continue his “Legacy” in the future to come.
The only thing I can say is that on his Memorial day service, happening in Hong kong & New York: