In a Lunar New Year greeting delivered by Chief Executive CY Leung yesterday, the leader called on Hong Kong’s people to be more like sheep, “mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups”.
The video, filmed on the lawn of the Government House, features the Hong Kong leader with his wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, and a group of smiling children who are ‘not paid actors‘.
An English translation appears on his website:
Another Chinese New Year has arrived. It is time to bid farewell to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Sheep.
The 12 Chinese zodiac animals represent 12 character types. Sheep are widely seen to be mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups.
Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts. In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep’s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong’s future.
At the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, we wish every one of you good health, great happiness and a harmonious family life.
While his message has obviously been construed as a call for Hongkongers to ‘follow and obey’, Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing told SCMP that he was probably referring “to the virtues of sheep” (such as loyalty and compassion).
“[But] then he himself is doing exactly the opposite to provoke so much confrontation and he is tearing the society apart. It’s very contradictory and duplicitous,” she said.
Either way, we find in hard to believe that Leung is blissfully unaware that he’s been dubbed “the Wolf” by his detractors, making his comment all the more twisted.
“So is it the wolf speaking, wanting Hong Kong people to behave like sheep, so as to be slaughtered and eaten up by him?” Alan Leong, a lawmaker who’d participated in the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests at the end of last year, said to CNN.
“I think it’s crazy, and he is sick.”
And let’s not forget that China’s leading linguist has already declared this year’s Chinese zodiac to be the Year of the Goat. Open your eyes, sheeple!