Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We Chinese need to be controlled
I have a special interest in Jackie Chan because some people say he looks like me. Such misguided people.
Jackie Chan addressed a business forum in the southern Chinese province of Hainan a few days ago and say that a free society may not be beneficial for China's authoritarian mainland.
Let us see what he said.
"I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."
He went on to say that freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan made those societies "chaotic."
I disagree. I fail to see how Hong Kong and Taiwan are more chaotic and are lagging behind other countries and societies predominantly non Chinese. Malaysia is more controlled than these 2 places and I do not see it as being better.
China today is generally doing well. A increasing sizable portion of the population is benefiting economically. More and more people are finding their security and some esteem needs being fulfilled. At the same time, more and more people are seeking to be educated and are being so.
I just can't see how a people moving rapidly towards middle class and relatively educated "need to be controlled."
As a matter of fact, the government of China being highly pragmatic over the last 20 years or so, will probably even embark on another stage of loosening up on various controls.