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We're not stupid Mr. Li Ka Shing!

2015/1/10 — 11:45

When you say that, if the reform package is not passed it will be bad for Hong Kong we all know what you really mean is that it will be bad for YOU and that's why you're off-shoring and selling anything you can without causing a panic.

We know you're a smart guy and you know a bad deal when you see one. We all know that you know that what the CCP* is doing to Hong Kong is bad and you really don't want any part of it. However, the difference between us and you is we have the courage to stand up in public and tell the truth.

At this point you might caution in more discerning company that there is an enormous amount of work you are doing behind the scenes to try and influence the CCP for the benefit of the Hong Kong people. Thanks but no thanks for that. You may be happy with this kind of veiled-tinkering, it may help you sleep at night. But the fact is, at critical times in history, selfish behind the scene cohesion is NOT an outstanding human quality. Everyone with something to lose does it. When history comes calling, only those brave enough to raise their heads above the crowds are remembered. And this is the curious point Mr. Li, for a man who is so obsessed with his future legacy, who will go to extremes to try and preserve it, by naming countless buildings, donating to foundations and erecting statues, you haven't been able to realise that all of these material things come to pass in just a matter of decades.

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You are ashes and dust Mr. Li ka shing, my daughter is 4 years old and she will need to search some obscure college database to know you ever existed. As she is growing up she will pass through ten or more buildings named Li ka shing and not even know or care. By the time she is old enough to care, you will have all but disappeared from history.

Mr. Li, despite your enormous wealth influence and obvious wit, you still haven't come to realise that global history really doesn't celebrate wealth like our everyday society does and Chinese history even less so. Look at all the Chinese warlords that have past through time. Almost all of their names are now lost in the dust.

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Even during the most recent warlord period in China, great Chinese warlords like yourself, had so much power and riches that they even owned armies, yet we only ever remember one of them, The Young Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang (少帥張學良) . Why? Because at a single point in history, he stepped outside of protecting his wealth and personal legacy and tried to do something for China. Some would argue that his actions saved the CCP from certain destruction.
This wasn't done with some low-key behind the scenes tinkering. At the crucial moment, Chang stepped up and used all his power and influence to change the course of history forever and be immortalised for millennia. We don't need to look at a building to remember Chang.
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Can we expect this from you Mr.Li?
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We all know what you can do, but are you brave enough to do it?

History is certainly hungry for another warlord-champion who changed the course of China at a critical time in history. That time is now. Is protecting your wealth in the Caymens the best plan you have?
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Sadly it looks like you are only satisfied with buildings and foundations as your legacy. Maybe you will be the one warlord whose wealth managed to preserve his name forever, maybe you can buck this historical trend? Maybe you've accumulated that much wealth that your name will receive more ink in history books than Joshua Wong?

Time will tell, and it is a cruel master that only remembers truly great or influential people. This can't be bought, even with your wealth.

*Communist Party of China

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