As the anti-national and moral education campaign grows stronger, Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) has decided to go on strike next Tuesday. Chinese University of Hong Kong Chancellor Joseph Jia-Yiu Sung, who was voted as Hong Kong’s favorite university principle, supports and encourages students to participate in this campaign. He is given the title of “a principal with conscience” because of his strong support for students.
HKFS stated that the anti-national education campaign is a social consensus, hoping the government to hear different voices in the society. The protest is going to happen in the afternoon. It is estimated that there will be over a thousand students and teachers participate in this major event.
Sung supports and respects the rally because he understands that students just want to be heard as part of the society. He encourages students to think critically and independently. Classes and other activities will not be cancelled, but students can choose whether to participate in the strike.
Yet, Sung stresses that it is not a bad thing learning more about one’s country, and he hopes that students can take a moderate stand regarding this matter.
The principal received appreciation from many in approaching this political controversy. Some named him the “principal with conscience”, others say he is a blessing to Hong Kong. Some Christians commented “Mr Sung, you have chosen the path of faithfulness, you prioritize God, you are obedient follower of Jesus, Father, please do not put us to shame. May my prayer be with you and Hong Kong”.
Last December, Sung was elected to become a new member of China Academy of Engineering’s academic divisions of medical and health; not only is it a life-long honor, but he is only member elected from among the scientists from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Furthermore, his contributions during the fight against SARS outbreak were particularly impressive to the Hong Kong community.
[Editor's note: Angie Hung contributed to this report.]