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法定語文主任聯署:政府勿再操弄我們一眾深惡的「語言偽術」

2019/7/26 — 16:14

林鄭月娥與官員離開

林鄭月娥與官員離開

致行政長官、行政會議全體成員、全體政治委任官員及警務處處長: 

我們是政府法定語文主任(Official Languages Officers),職級年資各異,分駐不同部門。我們的工作以翻譯、審稿和撰文為主,職系雖小,職務也許不攸關大局,但身為公僕,既領受公俸,故亦緊記「以民為本」的宗旨,以服務廣大香港市民為己任。有見近月修訂逃犯引渡條例引起風波,延綿至今,政府高層及香港警務處各種言行舉措背離民心,我們遂藉此函表達意見。

近月爭端起於修訂逃犯引渡條例一事;修例本身利弊,各界已多有解說,在此不贅。民眾憂慮,確有所據。六月,先後兩次有百萬人遊行表明反對修例,顯示民意向背。政府推出修例時,借台灣發生港男涉嫌殺害女友案件造端,一直無視台灣警方就案件提出接洽的要求,絕口不提箇中交涉的情節;及後勉強作態讓步,則以不合體制行文之「暫緩」、「壽終正寢」為詞,含糊閃爍,遺舊事重提之虞。文過飾非,意欲瞞騙公眾,玩弄「語言偽術」,令事態日趨激化。政府早前反覆搓弄「初心」之詭辭,實為罪魁,無庸置疑。

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政府高層砌詞推搪,抗爭行動遂越趨激烈,進而揭示更多管治問題,形成惡性循環,警民衝突已成常態。警方疑似「無證執勤」,使用過度武力,皆有圖文為證,廣受非議。警隊部分成員以至管理層的言行,更似是「與民為敵」。例如某警務人員協會發信恐嚇其他專業界別人員 ‘Behave yourself’、聲稱「環境有敵意」而撤走醫院警崗、於示威現場恐嚇和襲擊記者、在真正暴徒四出毆打普通民眾時關閉警署、拒絕執行職務,甚至有高級警官公然放縱和感謝恐襲一般市民的白衣暴徒,實在令人髮指。事態崩壞至此,政府高層又能否繼續誇言「有效管治」? 

我們謹此呼籲警隊在內的政府當局躬己反思,勿再操弄我們一眾深惡的「語言偽術」;應諮諏善道,認真聆聽民情,回應廣大市民訴求。當中正式撤回修例和成立獨立調查委員會此兩個訴求,更事在必行,不可耽卻,否則警隊以至香港特區政府難以重建威信,遑論有效施政。希望執事者知所進退,斟酌損益,萬勿淪為葬送香港安定繁榮的元凶。 

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眾法定語文主任ㅤ謹啟

Dear all,

Letter to the Chief Executive, Executive Council Members,
Politically Appointed Officials and the Commissioner of Police

We are a group of serving Official Languages Officers posted to various Government departments, of varied rankings and lengths of service. As members of a small grade whose duties are translating, vetting and drafting various types of texts, we still are civil servants upholding the principle of serving the general public of Hong Kong. For this reason, we find it necessary to speak up with this letter, in light of the egregious defiance of public will as shown by the behaviour of the Government leadership and the Hong Kong Police Force in the still flaring chaos triggered by the proposed extradition law amendment in recent months.

The chaos originated from the proposed amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. The pros and cons of the proposed amendment have been elaborated by so many that we would like to leave it here. In gist, the concerns of the public are well-founded, and the public views were expressed in the clearest terms with two million-strong marches in June protesting against the proposed amendment. The Government invoked the alleged murder of a Hong Kong girl by her Hong Kong boyfriend in Taiwan to push forward the proposed law amendment, while ignoring all requests by the Taiwan police to discuss the case and not disclosing any details of the relevant dealings. Eventually the Government appeared to back down; however, it left the backdoor open to revive the proposed amendment through the vague, shady expressions of ‘suspending the law amendment’ and ‘the bill is dead’ which do not align with the established standard of legislative practice. This deceitful use of language enraged the public and exacerbated the conflict. By repeatedly toying with the sophistry of ‘original purposes’ regarding the proposed law amendment, the Government is beyond any doubt the culprit of the current chaos.

Excuse after excuse from the Government leadership has intensified the protests and in turn revealed yet more problems in governance, trapping the city in a vicious cycle. In the ordeal, hardly a day goes by without clashes between the public and the Police. The Police’s handling of the actions of the public has come under strong fire, be it carrying out duty without warrant cards or using excessive force, all caught on camera and news reports. Some members of the Police, including those at the management level, have even been acting as if HongKongers were their enemies: a certain police association making the threat ‘behave yourself’ to members of other professional sectors, the Police removing posts in hospitals to spare officers from a so-called ‘hostile working environment’, police officers threatening and assaulting journalists at rallies, the entire police district slamming the door in the victims’ face when they were being attacked and terrorised by white-clad rioters egged on by the Police, and the list goes on. This is more than appalling. Our home, as we know it, is falling apart. How, may we ask, can the Government leadership still pride itself on its ‘effective governance’ over the city?

Here we appeal to the Government, including the Police, to stop manoeuvring words, and instead, heed the voice of Hong Kong citizens and respond to the demands of the general public. It is imperative that the Chief Executive formally withdraw the proposed law amendment and set up an independent inquiry commission without delay. Otherwise, the Police and even the Hong Kong SAR Government as a whole will hardly be able to restore confidence of the public, let alone to govern effectively. We hope that our leaders will make their best endeavours to know where we stand. Do not make history by putting an end to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity!

 

A group of concerned Official Languages Officers

 

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