Wu turns back on 'lost' youngsters

Top News | Cindy Wan 5 Nov 2019

Hong Kong should give up on two "lost" generations of youngsters, says Annie Wu Suk-ching, daughter of the founder of Maxim's Group.

Wu told the Communist Party's Global Times tabloid that Hong Kong has neglected national education for youngsters, making them susceptible to brainwashing via social media and becoming anti-government, anti-establishment and anti-China.

"I won't waste time talking with them because they do not know what they should be doing," said the 71-year-old Wu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

A founder and former supervisor of the Chinese Foundation Secondary School, Wu was accused of threatening to expel students who joined class boycotts and to fire teachers who supported the students in a school meeting on September 3.

She also told the Global Times that Hong Kong civil servants cannot handle the current crisis as they are "incapable and inexperienced."

Civil servants claimed to be politically neutral and thus left the social crisis unsolved, she said. But some cared only about themselves and some even joined anti-government protests.

"That shows their brains are muddled - not knowing who they are and what is legal and what is not."

Wu, who spoke at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in September as a "supervisory consultant" of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Women and criticized protesters, said Western politicians do not understand the SAR.

European and American politicians do not treat Hong Kong as a friend, she said, but use it to smear China.

"They do not like China, do not like Hong Kong," she added. They "just use Hong Kong to gain votes."

As for the economy, Wu said it will be down for at least three years and will not rebound easily even if supported by the central government.

It would have been fine if mainland enterprises were financing SAR efforts, she said. But if enterprises were not coming with resources, she added, "where will money be coming from for Hong Kong?"

Business has certainly suffered from the unrest, Wu said.

"The peak for tourism in Hong Kong spans from July to November, but now the [hotel] occupancy rate is only 20 percent," she said. "Many shops are closed. Fewer mainlanders are coming to visit. Tourists from Japan, Korea and Singapore dare not come too."

Restaurants under the Maxim's Group, which was co-founded by Wu's businessman father James Tak Wu, have become a target of vandalism since his eldest daughter made the speech at the UN meeting on September 10.

After Wu's appearance, Maxim's issued a statement to say she did not work in any position for the company and was not involved in the management.


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