Hong Kong at a crossroads: Playing the waiting game may not work as before

Protests have erupted over the past few weeks in Hong Kong as tens of thousands clashed with the police to oppose a proposed extradition Bill that would send criminal suspects to face trial in mainland China. The legal cover for using force to quell
Protests have erupted over the past few weeks in Hong Kong as tens of thousands clashed with the police to oppose a proposed extradition Bill that would send criminal suspects to face trial in mainland China. The legal cover for using force to quell widespread unrest is there. The Hong Kong people will have to choose in the decisive weeks and months ahead - allow the mobs to continue the rampage or stand up and say enough is enough.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

The organised violence in recent weeks of protesters seemingly bent on pushing Hong Kong ever closer to total anarchy has left not a few Singaporeans wondering why the authorities there have not cracked down on them hard.

Puzzled Singaporeans have lamented that the Hong Kong government led by Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, is behaving like the proverbial deer caught in the blinding headlights of an oncoming truck - so petrified it cannot even blink. They cannot understand why it seems to baulk at taking decisive action, including calling in soldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison in Hong Kong to help restore order.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kong at a crossroads'. Print Edition | Subscribe