身為大國民:人質事件之後

遊行雜記稍延,先看看人質事件。行文比較抽離,先聲明,若閣下對事件仍有情緒反應,遲點平伏才讀。

香港人總有點幸運,像這次嚴重的事故不曾發生。香港身世特別,這次,我們對自己的地位和身份,得有點調整了。類似的傷痛,總會來。

有人問,是不是香港人的運氣用盡了,才有這件事?或者是,但歷史總有點可解的。

首先,大部份香港人都算是中國人吧。回首二三十年前,中國人在外頭旅遊經商,基本沒有甚麼問題。因為大家對中國人或者香港人的認識不多。除了那個紅色或者傳統中國之外,幾乎就只有Chinese Kung Fu。中國人綁架也沒用 — 他們沒多贖金。中國和第三世界國家關係友好,恐怖份子也不當我們是首要敵人。當然,在東南亞除外。東南亞一些地方在二戰之前,已有排華的情況了。

於是,大國崛起了。中國貨品被指傾銷海外。幾年前先有中國鞋廠在西班牙被縱火。在第三世界國家利益日多,即使在外交上採取不干涉內政的策略,但卻同時負上「不對付獨裁/腐敗政府」,或者「對問題袖手旁觀」的罪名。中國勞工在世界各地也被指搶飯碗。在中東、非洲,中國勞工已被視為綁架和襲擊的對象。在全球化的社會,香港人號稱國際人而沒受過類似事情的洗禮,的確是幸運。

在外地,香港人和內地人似乎還是有點分別的。我們自己一早被「一個兩制」的「兩制」催眠,以為內地人和香港人就是不同。直至今日,我們的護照還是比中國護照方便使用。而過去的歷史,又要我提醒同學們,學好英文的一個原因。以前的鬼仔同學說過,認得我是香港人的原因,正是我們講得總是比較容易聽得懂。不知道為甚麼,香港人的英文口音和內地英文口音還是有點分別。而導遊們還有很多方法,比較香港人、內地人、台灣人之間的分別。(據說拍照的頻率我們還是最高的。)但對很多外地人來說,我們都是黃皮膚黑頭髮的中國人。從這個角度看,香港人其實一直相當的幸運。

讓我們面對現實,這種事是會在遊客身上發生的。不過,在過去二三十年,我們的旅遊熱點的局勢相對穩定的情況下,一直能夠避免這些事情在香港人身上發生。而即使有事,如印尼峇里島大爆炸,白種人成為目標的機會比中國人還大。然而,當中國政府也和一些極端民族主義或宗教組織對上了的時候,我們又怎能例外呢?

而可悲的是,我們的特殊地位和帶來了另一個尷尬的問題:曾特首應該拿個甚麼身份和菲律賓總統對話呢?報道說,總統沒接聽曾的電話。禮節而言,又真的沒有問題。基本法也寫明,外交問題交由中央處理。連一般禮節性地派警方代表和心理專家參與支援也好像不好意思一樣,弄得我們在電視面前乾著急。在這個層次的事情上,特首的沉痛而無奈,我們身同感受。

又有人問:為甚麼當地的警察的行動好像如此不濟?報紙找來香港的司機,美國的前特警來評論事件。我不知道那是甚麼原因做成,但沒有相關訓練和設備是肯定的。但公平一點,全個菲律賓12萬警察對近1億國民,用83億港元來維持。相對香港彈丸之地,35000警察用130億元保護700萬人。(參考)香港說到底是個已發展地區,而英國人遺下的制度還是有點效果。一方面這提醒我們要堅守這套制度,另一方面,我們實在不能拿我們的警隊和他們比較,也不能當香港的先進,放在任何地方也是理所當然。再者,觀乎現有證據,槍手採取這樣的手段,實在是扭曲和腐敗社會的結果。我們所能希望的,是別國國民別模仿有關手段,也要監察我們的社會,不致淪為同樣的情況。

進入二千年之後,想便宜又安心一點外遊,泰國、菲律賓現在少人過去;馬來西亞、新加坡和越南不算便宜;能夠選的,似乎就只有內地和台灣了。

p.s.  fb有朋友以香港人的國際觀論之,我非常同意。尤其是中國人以外,香港數大的族群,其實就是菲律賓人。若我們仍以不同種族者論之,足證我們還是脫不了某種種族主義。另xg內亦有朋友向bbc指出,人質既是香港人,當中應該有英國國民。結果,調查之下,有人拿正式英國國民護照,和加拿大護照。朋友追問:若香港人指香港政府無反應,他們呢?

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14 responses to “身為大國民:人質事件之後”

  1. tommyjonk says :

    1. 所以榮哥話齌,出門一定要帶兩本PASSPORT,仲要學多幾種語言。計我話,仲要學多一些外國種族/宗教文化,以防萬一。2. 大致同意全文,唯一不同意是有關警方表現的評價…這不是不能,而是不為!正如我在拙文所言,問題不單在裝備,而是策略。一次又一次看影片,都發覺他們沒有把人質安全放在首位!是戰是和,也不清不楚。

  2. Frostig says :

    GOOD! Great to see that somebody has finally moved on to do something constructive rather than just to stir up people’s emotions (why? to cover up something worse? to fill the pages so their brains don’t need to be used to find and explore news stories and information about more tragic things happening next to us day by day? NO IDEA!) (Btw, I KNOW by saying this some pretentious creatures would criticise me and complain that I was cold-blooded, but again, I want to solve the problems and prevent the same tragedies from happening again, instead of talking and talking and talking about a story while has already happened and never be changed. As these people are not the real sufferers themselves, if they keep talking it would only hurt the victims once again and even more. It is easy to 旁觀他人的痛苦 after all. But what we really need is the CHANGE! Something systematic, but not individual.) @tommyjonk –  1. Well, I would bring two passports whenever possible, and sometimes choose which one to use case by case. 2. For me, it seems that they NEVER intended to save the hostages. In fact, it somehow gave us an impression that (I was in China then, and the person watching this piece of news with me, as governed under CC_P’s 淫威 for decades easily got that impression) they wanted to 殺人滅口 instead. For me, I felt strange at first WHY they tried to stimulate him and make him angry while he had been so peaceful and kind at first, and also felt that they wanted to kill him, but the pal stated the term 殺人滅口 easily next to me, when I voiced my query. For me, at least, not to guess their intentions, the police did never appear to put the hostages’ safety on top priority, but instead, to kill Mendoza was their action’s prime goal. Side-tracked again, Mum told me how lucky Paul TSE was. Yes, he has been lucky indeed. HOW MANY Hong Kong people would be on a business trip in the Philippines on that day?! His luck has put him there (in LegCo) and helped him stay…… Lucky guy!!!

  3. Frostig says :

    若香港人指香港政府無反應,他們呢? I guess (just blind guess) they didn’t even KNOW that (some of their citizens were kidnapped). If you mention this, I shall say that it is partially the tour operator (Hong Thai?) and HK Gov’s responsibility to inform them. (The local British and Canadian Consulates, for example, if no direct access to their government was available?) I am not sure whether Hong Thai has kept a record (they SHOULD of course) of the travel document info of clients or whether they have denounced their Chinese citizenship at ImmD, BUT seemingly at least one of these two organisations should get this piece of important information in hand, which is pretty useful. During the whole time, I see no reports or any sort of evidence that the related govs. have been informed at all! (Please correct me if you have got alternative info.) P.S. But were they holding multiple passports? I mean, if they entered the Philippines with HKSAR passport, then they are likely not entitled to seek help from other governments (embassies or consulates) even if they are their citizens, as far as I can recall……

  4. bigbrother1984 says :

    九七後香港是降級了。香港的經濟規模超過很多國家,殖民地地位也差不多和其他英聯邦成員平起平坐,殖民地總督至少和東南亞元首可以平起平坐,97前港督也可以直接聯繫菲律賓總統。九七後變成特首連個中國直轄市市長也不如,大概和省會市長,深圳珠海差不多@Frostig – they are entitled to seek assistance from their “national" governments. embassies provide help based on thier nationalities. passport is just a travel document, for “passing ports"

  5. bigbrother1984 says :

    @tommyjonk –  下午的氣氛很輕鬆,他們本來是等著槍手投降的,過去這種事往往可以和平解決。

  6. chris says :

    BBC在星期二的新聞之中,已經稱那兩個獲釋的阿公阿婆為British tourists。

  7. Frostig says :

    @bigbrother1984 – Yes, I know. But for people with multiple nationalities, whichever passport is used to enter a country is the symbol of his identity during the stay for he has already chosen before the immigration counter, as it was an announcement to the local government his country of citizenship. It is something bilateral…… For example, a tourist has committed a crime, I must use the record of immigration to trace him and to ask for assistance from the local embassy of that country, no matter whether this person has five, ten nationalities…… Hope you get what I mean. It can only be a last, last resort to seek help from your ‘other countries of citizenship’ if you can’t get the help from the ‘primary’ country (whose passport is used for entering this country)……

  8. Frostig says :

    @chris –  So… If they were released, then we can’t blame the British Government for doing NOTHING at all…… Thanks Chris for the info.

  9. martinng2006 says :

    問題在於康泰旅行社沒有通報英國及加拿大領事館,只通知大陸的,這很明顯是失職,也使其餘兩國領事要在稍後時間(康泰發言人在電視訪問宣佈該團遊客所持護照時)才知道有本國人被脅持。

  10. bigbrother1984 says :

    我覺得槍手應該不知道阿公阿婆是british,對於他來說上面都是chinese。他只是先釋放了小孩和老人。之前和槍手聯繫的只有他弟弟,也許他弟弟講條件的時候包括了“兩個老人是英國人”?

  11. Frostig says :

    @bigbrother1984 – I am not saying that Mendoza KNEW they were British citizens, just what people commented about ’embassies not helping its people’ can’t be applied to Brit. But if they ever need the protection from British Embassy, they would need to declare their status…… However, it is a problem as Chinese Gov, does not allow multiple nationality, and so if they enter the Philippines with HKSAR Passport, the British Gov. might not be appropriate to help anyway.

  12. FW190D says :

    我總覺得菲律賓政府短時間根本查不出那些人用哪國護照入境。 只要他們身上帶了英國/加拿大/澳洲等國的護照,即使用特區護照出入境,當地領事館也能查名字得出那些人是否本國公民。

  13. Frostig says :

    @martinng2006 – See? I ALWAYS knew Hong Thai is a bad tour operator, just don’t know it is THAT bad! It has ALWAYS overcharged the customers with a service not in proportion!!!

  14. Frostig says :

    @FW190D –  Both parties can check, as the record is different, how to say… If David CHAN uses Country A’s passport to enter a country, then in the record, David CHAN of country B has NOT entered the country. Of course, the embassy or consulate WOULD normally help the people as long as a passport can be produced, but as a normal gesture, if you enter this country with COuntry A’s passport, you shouldn’t seek help from Country B’s embassy UNLESS you have no more choices……

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