I decided to post my last comment as a post since I think that it may be good to share with more people, especially some who do not read the comments section:
My last comment in the previous post:
When a new person in power is trying to reform a corrupt culture, he will step on the toes of a lot of people and antagonise a lot of members. Only those who follow status quo and smiles all the time to members can get support, but this amicable person would not be able to change warlord culture. OTK is of the former. So it is inevitable that he was pushed out…
Only thing he made a blunder himself by not being careful about those around him. As an incumbent, he has a lot of advantage,s including rephrasing the resolutions so as to deny any so called third force any opportunity.
Unfortunately, he is overconfident and he has an inexperienced Sec Gen who should have bargained hard for the phrasing of the resolutions. They are holding the chips and not CSL during the negotiation phase.
I equate him with the Minister in Sung Dynasty, Huang An shi, who tried to introduced reforms all over the country but in the end, everyone was against him and pushed him out…since his reforms touched almost every court official and even county officials… No one liked that..
Even in the setting up of ICAC in Hong Kong, during the initial phase, the police and all other enforcement departments went to the streets and threatened to go on strike, and in the end the authority have to give amnesty to everyone (almost everyone was corrupt at that time in Hong Kong) and promised there would be no witch hunt, and only corruptions after a certain date would be considered an offense, and those committed before that date would be forgiven.. That calmed the police down and slowly, corruption disappears.
This tells us that to reform, you need to have those whom you are trying to reform to be with you. Unless you are like Mao with his gun barrels, reforms can only be introduced in stages, and human nature is such that no one likes overnight drastic changes.. Especially when one’s livelihood is involved, they will fight toe to nail with anyone who is trying to take their livelihood away.
I have always advised young people wishing to go into politics to study history, especially Chinese history over the last 2000 years, and one can gain a lot of insight and wisdom from the history..
BUt please do not learn the ruthless and cruel ways in which the politicians shut off and killed their opponents. Learn the history so as to equip yourself to shield the arrows , but not use the methods to kill off your opponents..
OTK is a master of chinese history, unfortunately, he has trusted those around him too much; I heard that he has his own sets of 4th floor boys who antagonized lots of party veterans..
4th floor boys are paid staff and they have no patience and do not show respect to the elders.. Especially some with high qualifications would think very highly of themselves, and show respect to no one..And human nature again that those elders who were slighted would not forgive OTK…
After all, when they feel slightly over a small matter (like forgotten to address their titles), they place their self interest ( these boys not give ‘face’ to them lah ) over that of party, community and country… That is how some of the elders in any party operate… They get angry over small slights, and even you do great things for the party and community, they will always remain your enemies..
Those who slapped their shoulders, buy them drinks, show them proper respect, even if they are opportunists, these veterans will still support them..
Sigh! Good person does not last in politics…
Just a few years watching from the sidelines, near the corridor of power, I have seen enough to be contented with being just a social political volunteer, to give some views… From eunuch politics, leash-holding politics, divide and rule, stab in the back, poison arrows, taking away the plank after crossing the bridge, ‘dog’ politics, open file politics and so on., horse tradings (I suspect, some may be willing to trade their wives), sifu trading…etc etc… I can write a book on that… called the Arts of the politics perhaps…
HAve to stop now, getting too ‘cheong hei’ -long winded- already.. 🙂