Speaking from the Heart...

A Life Worth Living: Help Shape Hong Kong's Future

Mr. Tsim Tak Lung (Chairman)

 

A city and a people are defined by their core values.

Hong Kong had the reputation of being a caring, efficient and forward-looking city with a happy, hard-working and sophisticated population who was the envy of Asia and of the world because of the high living standard, high educational level and wide-ranging freedoms our people enjoyed.

I wonder how many of those adjectives still hold true today. Or have we become a rude, contentious, divided and unhappy city? What has caused us to lose our way? Are we now just a city of broken promises? Is that all that's left?

Leaving political jockeying aside, we need to ask ourselves the question - can Hong Kong's cherished way of life survive without our freedoms, the rule of law, the respect for human rights, public participation in policy-making and the separation of powers?

 

Dr. Edmund Woo Kin Wai (Vice-Chairman)

The Foundation’s aim is the preservation of Hong Kong’s core values. Recent years witness the increasing public interest and participation in community affairs. The Foundation hopes to provide a platform and focal point for like-minded Hong Kong citizens to get together and multiply their influences and to help young people to effectively preserve our core values through civic participation.

 

Mrs. Anson Chan

I left Shanghai for Hong Kong at the age of eight to escape the civil turmoil in the mainland. I was educated here, married and raised a family. I now have four grandchildren. What was to be a temporary refuge became my permanent home. This is the Hong Kong that I love.

I was fortunate to join the Hong Kong Civil Service and to play a part in Hong Kong’s phenomenal success over the decades. It was a singular honour to lead the 190,000 strong Civil Service in Hong Kong’s successful transition to Chinese sovereignty. In 2001, I took early retirement because I was unable to support the introduction of the political appointment system at the top echelon of the Government. In 2007, having witnessed the slow progress in implementing universal suffrage in Hong Kong, I decided to participate in the Legislative Council by-election. I won by a convincing margin. Running for elected office is a humbling and unforgettable experience.

Hong Kong’s core values are embedded in my DNA. I try to reflect these values in all that I do and say and always to act with a clear conscience. Whatever challenges may lie ahead, my path is clear and I shall not waver.

The umbrella movement in 2014 has changed forever Hong Kong’s political landscape. Young people were at the forefront, defending their home, their life style, their core values and “one country, two systems”. I was deeply moved. I share their ideals and will do my share to ensure that Hong Kong’s legacy – democracy, freedoms, rule of law and a fair and just society – is passed from generation to generation.

 

Mr. Cheung Yuk Tong

Freedom, justice and the rule of law have always been the cornerstone for the success of Hong Kong. A "high degree of autonomy" and "Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong" are promised in the Basic Law.

In recent years, these core values have been challenged. A generation of people have been striving for a "democratic return to sovereignty" since the 1980s. They have fought many times in vain, and they are exhausted.

To face the new challenges in this era, young people should step up to the forefront. They should deliberate on the way forward, and take actions to implement their goal!

 

Ms. Carol Chen

In the past 20 years, I have been involved in more than 10 election campaigns assisting various candidates in their Legislative Council and Election Committee elections. The one thing I cherish most is the friendships with so many good and brilliant people that I have earned over the years. It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to work with some of my campaign friends in this meaningful project of Project Citizens.

Before the results came out in each election, we were always worried about the choices Hong Kong people going to make. Each time, it was proved that we should have never lost our confidence in Hong Kong people. They have unfailingly showed that they care for such core values as justice, fairness and the rule of law. I have no doubt that with our persistence in nothing but the truth and the just, and with perseverance from generation to generation, Hongkongers will be the world class citizens peoples from all over the world look up to.

 

Mr. Tony Tsoi

Hong Kong has changed, so many have said. I reckon the most obvious change is the homogenization of the news media: from the management level down to editors and even reporters, the shadow of self-censorship has befallen the news media landscape. It is the responsibility of the news media to monitor the use of public power and keep it in-check, and to voice out for the powerless and the marginalized. Upon entering into 21st century, the popularization of digital media ought to have brought forth a flourishing of our Fourth Estate, yet Hong Kong people seem to have accepted the perverse face of a news media whose credibility is incessantly being eroded away.

Some people refuse to remain a silent observer in this era of the IT Revolution, so they have come forward and made full use of the resources of this new age to safeguard Hong Kong core values and advance developments in the civil society, so as to nurture a new generation of critical thinking citizens.

 

Ms. Senia Ng

My peers and I grew up in Hong Kong with lots of hope for the future. We had confidence in our education system, our housing system, our political system, our legal system etc.; and we trusted that our dreams would be achievable as long as we worked hard. Times have changed, and today, we start to cast doubt on what the future holds for us – will we still enjoy the freedom, the fairness and the justice we once had? Will our voices still be heard and will our hard work still pay off?

All these years, we have been enjoying the fruits of stability that our predecessors fought for us, and it is time that we take up the battle ourselves. We owe it to our predecessors, we owe it to our children, and most importantly we owe it to ourselves to protect our society’s core values and allow Hong Kong to flourish once again.