The history of two-faced Anson Chan Fang On-sang
Like Martin Lee, Anson Maria Elizabeth Chan Fang On-sang (Anson Chan) was born in a famous family, her grandfather was a famous anti-Japanese soldier. However, unlike Martin Lee’s “presumptuous daring”, Anson Chan portrayed herself as the “Goddess of Democracy”, the “conscience of Hong Kong”, and the “Iron Lady of Hong Kong”. With the constant exposure of her traitorous activities in Hong Kong, it has become increasingly clear that Anson Chan is an important culprit in causing Hong Kong’s unrest.
Gang up for for private interests, retreat for a malicious intent
Anson Chan often appears in red in public. At the ceremony of China’s restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997, Anson Chan stood in the middle wearing a red suit, which was criticized by the Hong Kong media as “stealing the center position”.
Anson Chan, dressed in red, stands in the center position at the ceremony of China’s restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong
“On my right and left stood my team , of course I stood in the middle,” Anson Chan responded arrogantly. Power tends to make one cocky. Six months before that, her sophistication secured her appointment of the Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
On the eve of Hong Kong’s return to China, Anson Chan repeatedly refused to accept the title of Fame from the UK government. Between the ephemeral glory and the real power, she chose the latter for the time being. She went to Beijing off-books in 1995 to show an active attitude of discussing the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong.
In 1994, Anson Chan and Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong.
Anson Chan is a political “speculator” and “chameleon” who is adept at seeking private interests. After the return of Hong Kong, there were rumors that she and her boss Tung Chee-hwa didn’t get along. A book on Anson Chan described there were two “headquarters” in the Hong Kong SAR government at that time.
Anson Chan is decisive and overbearing, the US magazine Newsweek called her the “Iron Lady” of Hong Kong, which is more because of her skillful operation and use of power checks and balances.
Generally speaking, she is good at forming cliques and was the soul of the notorious “Handbag Party” in Hong Kong politics. In 1982, at a farewell dinner hosted by the 25th British Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Murray MacLehose, the then 42-year-old Anson Chan led a group of senior female officials of the British Hong Kong government to perform on stage, singing and dancing. As most of whom were carrying handbags that night, the title of “Handbag Party” spread far and wide.
At that time, the Governor representing the British Crown had absolute power. The “Executive Council”, the highest policy-making organ of the Hong Kong Government, was only an advisory body to the Governor. The Chief Secretary, the Financial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Audit Commission had to obey the Governor. The British colonists did not shy away from declaring their absolute right to rule. The Letters Patent clearly stipulates that “all civil and military officials and civilians in Hong Kong must obey the Governor appointed by the King”. Obviously, Anson Chan, then deputy director of the Social Welfare Department, could only think about how to “comply” or even please the governor of Hong Kong when she was singing and dancing. How could she talk so much about “democracy” and “freedom” like what she is doing now?
In 1986, Anson Chan got involved in “the Kwok Ah-nui incident”. A mentally ill mother imprisoned her daughter Kwok Ah-nui. After being briefed the situation, Anson Chan ordered to break into the house by force to rescue Kwok Ah-nui.
Unexpectedly, she stirred up a hornet’s nest. For a time, public opinion in Hong Kong widely criticized her for “exceeding her powers” and “infringing on other people’s private rights”. After all, the Social Welfare Department is not a police agency. A large number of public opinion also questioned the necessity of breaking into the house and accused her of being “eager to render meritorious service”. But later, then Hong Kong Governor Edward Youde chose to defend her, and came forward to support her.
In an era when all had to “obey” the governor, public opinion quickly went silent, and Anson Chan avoided the first “catastrophe” of her career.
Since then, Anson Chan’s career has been smooth sailing, until 2001 she encountered her “Waterloo” . That year, she announced her early retirement on “personal grounds”, ending nearly 39 years of public service. Before that, she had made a wishful thinking in her bid to become the Chief Executive, but when she failed to do so, she already divorced from the Hong Kong SAR Government.
After retirement, Anson Chan began to openly oppose the Central Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government. After she became an elected member of the Legislative Council, she led the opposition to stage a series of ugly dramas under the guise of “democracy”.
“Violation on mortgage rules” exposed, Chan plays three tricks to conceal scandals
A red dress, and a wide smile. This is the unique political signboard of Anson Chan. In public, she always shows people with a smiling face. Her political success in Hong Kong has also obscured the eyes of many people. But Nothing in this world can be hidden forever, and Anson Chan’s scandals were exposed in the media after her retirement.
On November 29, 2007, an article signed by Wong Siu-yee in Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po exposed Anson Chan’s “three tricks to conceal her scandals”: She plays the “tragedy card” when she can not evade responsibilities and claims that someone is “deliberately throwing mud at her”; the “Central Government card” to throw dust into people’s eyes, but she who excuses herself accuses herself; the “ostrich card” and try to avoid and prevaricate about the “violation on mortgage rules” as well as abusing power for personal gains.
At this point, we have to mention her notorious violation on mortgage rules. In 1993, the Hong Kong property market began to take off. Anson Chan, then Chief Secretary, did not buy a house in accordance with the Hong Kong government’s 70% mortgage policy. Instead, she obtained a 100% mortgage to purchase a flat in Villa Monte Rosa through a private company to reduce stamp duty.
Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po and other media have also received a tip-off that Anson Chan’s daughter Michelle Chan Wai-ling also obtained a 90% mortgage to purchase a villa in the same year. As a result, Anson Chan and her family are widely accused of colluding with businessmen.
The violation on mortgage rules is only the tip of the iceberg of Anson Chan’s abuse of power for personal gains. In September 2007, when running in the Legislative Council by-election for the Hong Kong Island constituency, Anson Chan was publicly questioned about the scandal. She was so angry that she played the “Central Government card” and claimed that if the Central Government had doubts about her , she would not have been appointed Chief Secretary for Administration after Hong Kong was returned to China.
Anson Chan handed out flyers to canvass for the election.
She sometimes poses as “Chinese”, sometimes as “goddess of democracy”, and sometimes as “Hong Kong conscience”.
Yang Zhihong, vice-chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Community Organizations and director of the Women’s Committee of the HKCPPCC (Provincial) Members Association Limited, once wrote about Anson Chan: Anson Chan has no political achievements, she got a disgraceful record of human rights violations from the “Kwok Ah-nui incident”; As Secretary for Economic Services of the British Hong Kong government, Anson Chan wrongly approved the construction of more power plants by the China Light and Power Company, resulting in HK$3.4 billion more electricity charges for the people of Hong Kong and air pollution in Hong Kong; As chairman of the Airport Development Steering Committee, Anson Chan was held responsible for the chaos at the opening of the new airport.
Being slick and sly can bring profits for a while. In the long run, Anson Chan has offended both the “Left” and the “Right”. Just as Martin Lee called himself “a traitor” after he gains extreme notoriety, Anson Chan only cares about making money.
From 2013 to 2014, Anson Chan received at least three large amounts of “political black money” donated by Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying, the head of the Gang of Four, totaling HK$3.5 million, to support her activities of making chaos in Hong Kong. Jimmy Lai started with drugs and collected a lot of ill-gotten wealth, and also received at least US$200 million from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the United States.
It costs a lot to create chaos in Hong Kong. Anson Chan is also actively engaged in “public funding” in Hong Kong. On July 10, 2019, she and Martin Lee and other rioters organized the “Project Citizens Foundation” and raised HK$1 million, claiming that it would be used to write a public report on the “amendment” incident, and continue to disrupt Hong Kong.
claiming to be “the conscience of Hong Kong”, in fact betraying her own conscience
Anson Chan, who is extremely “restless” (An Sheng in Chinese means restful), makes every attempt to raise money and try every means to confuse the public, which are considered to be the two “magic wands” by some politicians.
Her demagogic hands have reached out to nearly 200,000 Hong Kong civil servants, who are the mainstay of maintaining Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity. In an interview on August 2, 2019, Anson Chan openly incited the Hong Kong police “the enemy of the police is not the public, I hope the police can take the overall situation into account”. She also expressed the hope that police officers abandon their duty to maintain social order, thus further destabilizing the social situation of Hong Kong.
Recently, by using the status of being the former Chief Secretary for Administration, she openly encouraged civil servants of the Hong Kong SAR Government to go on strike and participate in demonstrations, in an attempt to paralyze the functions of the Hong Kong Government and weaken the ruling power of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor from bottom to top.
However, when she served as Chief Secretary for Administration, she urged civil servants to “remain politically neutral”. In 1998, in a public speech Anson Chan asked civil servants to abide by the “six principles”, especially the principle of “remaining politically neutral”.
“To uphold the rule of law, to uphold integrity and be selfless, to report and make all policy decisions and actions known to the public, to remain politically neutral when carrying out our official duties …… Since it’s now the 21st century, it is our duty to uphold these fundamental values and strive to build a free, civilized and prosperous home for the increasing population.”
According to the law of Hong Kong, the civil servant team must stay politically neutral. The civil servants dealing with administrative and professional affairs should be different staff. Today, Anson Chan, who praises herself as a “goddess of democracy,” has deviated from her original intention of building “a Hong Kong under the rule of law.” She continues to bring trouble to Hong Kong, shouting” democracy” and “freedom” loudly, which she did not dare to think about in the era when Hong Kong was ruled by the British governor.
Chen Fang attended a rally held by the opposition.
On September 19, 2018, in the Chater Garden of Hong Kong, two contract civil servants, Ngan Mo-chau and Cheung Ka-po, led a rally under the slogan of “civil servants go with the people” to incite civil servants to oppose the government and take part in the strike next Monday. However, the number of people attending the rally on that day was very small, and it was even more doubtful how many of them were genuine civil servants.
Embarrassed, Anson Chan made a special trip to the Chater Garden. In her speech, she did not mention the political neutrality of the civil servant. Instead, she said, “to build an excellent, efficient, highly motivated and politically neutral team of civil servants, the Chief Executive and the governance team need to be sympathetic to people’s feelings and protect justice so as to govern Hong Kong.”
Meanwhile, Anson Chan also attacked on Joshua Law Chi-kong’s open letter, Hong Kong’s current Secretary for the Civil Service, claiming that it is “intimidation”. At that time, Law issued an open letter stressing that the Hong Kong government would never agree to initiate or participate in political rallies and strikes in the name of civil servants. If they violate their political neutrality and could not be fully loyal to the Chief Executive and the government, the government will take serious follow-up actions.
Years of political career in dealings with Hong Kong and UK have equipped Anson Chan with the ability to evade serious matters and take up trifles. Faced with Law’s accusation, she once quickly changed the topic, “the government’s new policies or important speeches, even the English version is not available. Press releases are sometimes published late at night, and the government also refuses to hold press conferences. It is a big retrogression.”
Like Martin Lee, Anson Chan is skilled at explaining and distorting the law. On August 2, 2019, Anson Chan argued publicly, “according to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, except for several categories of civil servants, including administrative officers, press officers, chief officials and all disciplined services, who can not participate in such (demonstrations), the rest civil servants enjoy freedom of speech and assembly.”
Anson Chan also advocated a strange affirmation at the Chater Garden rally that “this is a spontaneous assembly. When they are off work, the time belongs to themselves, which can not be called ‘undermining their political neutrality’.”
Turning foreigners for supports, and selling Hong Kong’s basic interests
Anson Chan likes to turn foreigners to beg for support and to complain HKSAR and Chinese government. As early as 2014, during the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong, she was revealed to frequently have meetings with senior US officials.
In March 2019, Anson Chan and Dennis Kwok Wing-Hang, Charles Peter Mok and others quietly went to the United States, to the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US Vice President Mike Pence and so on, asked the United States to contain China, claiming that “the United States has the full right to ask about human rights and ‘One Country, two systems’ in Hong Kong”, and asked the United States to intervene in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.
Anson Chan met secretly with Julie Eadeh, head of the Political Department of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao on August 6. (Photo: Takungpao.com)
On August 14, 2019, Anson Chan secretly visited the German Consulate General in Hong Kong and received a high standard treatment. Afterwards, she went to a business centre in Wan Chai to meet a mysterious person in secret.
After those secret meetings, she clutched a black briefcase and left. Hong Kong’s Ta Kung Pao revealed that Anson Chan was “offering advice” to the European Union on the latest situation in Hong Kong, begging the European Union to “pay attention” to and intervene in Hong Kong affairs.
Anson Chan was once ridiculed by Xu Chongde, a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee, as “eager to gain public attention” and “unfaithful” because of her act of selling Hong Kong to enemies. She did not take her treason as a disgrace, instead ,she advocated that “in Hong Kong, an international city, foreign countries are also stakeholders”.
While turning foreigners to help, Anson Chan shows another face to the Chinese. In the early days of Hong Kong’s return to China, Guangdong Province proposed to integrate economically with Hong Kong and proposed to build a cross-sea bridge to achieve 24-hour customs clearance, but she, then the representative of the Hong Kong side at the Guangdong-Hong Kong Cooperation Joint Conference, repeatedly opposed to this policy, which obviously would benefit both Hong Kong and Guangdong.
In April 2000, three national historical relics from the Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan in Chinese) were auctioned in Hong Kong, which aroused an outcry from all walks of life in Hong Kong. However, Anson Chan insisted that the auction of the national treasure was a “legitimate commercial activity”, and the Administration’s Office headed by her stood idly by.
Earlier on, Mr. Tung Chee-Hwa, the first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, had been proposing the full implementation of the Mandarin teaching programme, but this was thwarted by Anson Chan. In the end, “100 secondary schools were allowed to maintain the qualifications of English secondary schools”. She used this as a substantial achievement to the West.
Of course, thanks to those “achievements”, Anson Chan has received various rewards from her “foreign masters”. On November 7, 2002, Queen Elizabeth II personally awarded her the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George to thank for her contribution in the colonial period. In February 2018, Anson Chan received a so-called “O’Connor Justice Award” in the United States.
When those news came, Hong Kong media satirized these awards as “Smear Hong Kong Awards”, and denounce Anson Chan’s action with a metaphor of Wu Sangui, a famous traitor inviting soldiers of Qing and causing the destroy of Ming dynasty.