28th February, 2014
Chinese Companies Force Employees to Sign Opinion Forms to Support “Fake Universal Suffrage”
Two months before the public consultation period of Hong Kong’s political reform finishes, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the government has received around 2,700 opinion forms from the public, and the majority of them support the HKSAR government’s proposal to screen candidates with a nomination committee. The majority of the opinions, according to Lam, also agree that the future Chief Executive must be someone who “loves China and loves Hong Kong”. On 28th February, however, netizens and media unveiled that these opinion forms are submitted by Chinese companies and companies that are closely related to China which forced their employees to fill in according to a certain “guidance”.
An opinion letter was circulated online, entitled “Opinion about the political reform”. Sources said that the letter was given to the employees at China Everbright by their supervisors. All employees are required to fill in their real names to support the government’s political reform proposal. China Everbright’s senior management issued an all-staff email to its employees requiring them to submit their opinions on political reform. A few days after the email was sent, all management level staff gave out opinion forms to their team member in person, demanding all employees to fill in the forms with their real information but they must not use their company email and phone number. When someone asked his supervisor if he could give this a pass, the supervisor replied that they have to fill in the forms. Although the consequences for not filling the form was not spelled out, employees who want to keep their jobs had to fill in the forms and agree with the screening process proposed by the government. Someone who was angry with such scam decided to take a photo of the form and upload onto internet to disclose Communist China’s dirty trick.
A similar case was reported in Apple Daily today saying that a Manulife insurance agent said that George Lung Chee-ming, Senior Regional Director at Manulife, who is a member of the National Committee of CPPCC, asked the agents within the South-Kowloon team via his secretary to signed an opinion form which supports the government’s political reform proposal and that the future Chief Executive must “love China and love Hong Kong”. Again, although the Lung’s secretary did not specify the consequences for not signing the forms, many agents worried that refusing to sign would jepodise their jobs and eventually signed the forms.