the insult noynoy aquino found in donald tsang’s letter – tsang treated aquino as his maid, his alila
in a recent news report, aquino said he found the letter sent to him by donald tsang as insulting, that it was a 2-page letter, had detailed items and contained “demands”.
now we have this:
Tsang letter ‘said what HK wants to know‘
Ambrose Leung and Raissa Robles in Manila
Sep 11, 2010
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen says he knows better than Philippine President Benigno Aquino what Hong Kong people want, which is justice for those killed in the Manila hostage crisis by getting to the bottom of the tragedy.
“Eight Hong Kong people died there,” Tsang said yesterday, a day after Aquino said he felt insulted by a letter from the Hong Kong government spelling out issues it wanted addressed in the inquiry into last month’s bloodbath. “I trust that my understanding of the people’s sentiments in Hong Kong is deeper than that of the Philippine president and thus was a valuable reference.”
these are the things we can draw from the above:
- what aquino said is highly consistent with what tsang said
- the “demands” aquino was referring to were those tsang described as “what hong kong people want”
- tsang must have enumerated a laundry list of what HK people wanted and that is why the letter ran into 2 pages
- tsang in enumerating what hong kong people wanted must have sounded as demands in the way it was written and most likely its contents. maybe a to-do list type or a laundry list of deliverables. it must have been very detailed that the letter reached 2 pages.
with that, we think :
- it is inappropriate for tsang, chief executive of hong kong to tell aquino the head of state of a country, the philippines, to tell aquino what needs to be done
- equally important, it is wrong for tsang to tell aquino what to do for the purpose of satisfying the wants or demands of the people of hong kong. aquino is NOT answerable to hong kong people, aquino is answerable only to filipinos. filipinos may demand things from aquino, but hong kong people has no right to demand anything from aquino.
- hong kong people can make demands on tsang but tsang was wrong in telegraphing those same demands to aquino. tsang should have translated the “demands” hong kong people made into more diplomatic terms
- tsang disrespected aquino in not treating aquino as an equal and insensitively making demands on a leader of another country
- tsang’s statement saying “he knew best what the hong kong people wanted than aquino does” can be true. but what does it matter to aquino? aquino is not seeking to satisfy hong kong people’s demands.
- that statement of tsang shows his arrogance and a feeling that he knew more than aquino did
- tsang was clearly wrong on this one and aquino was right on the dot to feel insulted by the letter sent by tsang
to us, it looks like tsang behaved like many hong kong residents behave towards filipinos. many hong kong residents have filipinos as their maids and drivers, tsang behaved exactly the same way many hong kong people behave towards their filipino maids – give demands, utusan ang alila.
tsang must have felt he needed to give very detailed instructions and demands to aquino like the way he probably deals with his filipina maids in hong kong. what tsang forgot was he was dealing with the head of state of a country and there are very basic rules he needs to follow in dealing with someone who has the stature as aquino has – the head of state of a country.
footnote: if you live in hong kong even for any number of months, one of the first things you notice is that hong kong people are very rude people. it is one character that hong kong people are known for among foreigners who live in hong kong. this rudeness may have been shown by tsang in his letter to aquino.
google “rude hong kong people” or click here: