Disqualification of Eddie Chu, discussion with Priscilla Leung & government publicity campaigns
According to Article 34 of the Chinese constitution, “All citizens of the People's Republic of China who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election, regardless of nationality, race, sex, occupation, family background, religious belief, education, property status, or length of residence, except persons deprived of political rights according to law.”And that’s a big “except”. The continuing disqualification of pro-democratic candidates from Hong Kong elections seem to suggest this long term deprivation of political rights as practised on the Mainland has arrived in Hong Kong, even if it’s not being openly admitted. Just ask Eddie Chu Hoi-dik.
Government advertising in Thailand, Japan or Taiwan, are often witty, well-made, and win international prizes. The Hong Kong government’s publicity or civic education campaigns are often criticised as being expensive, lacking in creativity, in bad taste, culturally insensitive, condescending, and being little more than crude propaganda.
In the 1970s, former government employee Arthur Hacker created Lap Sap Chung. Designed as a litter creating monster, Lap Sap Chung became a popular and much-loved figure. Since then, the government’s publicity people appear to have become obsessed with mascots.