Trial by media of Chinese Australian or any other Australian is unacceptable.
NCALG AND CCCA MEDIA RELEASE
The Chinese Community Council of Australia Inc. (CCCA) is seriously disturbed about a recent publication in The Age “Beijing influence or racism” China debate hits Melbourne Council elections” where the story gave a perception that the Chinese Australian candidate Ms Zhang Li has connections with the United Front, and therefore under the influence of the CCP. Hence, as a Red, or an “Agent of foreign influence”, she no longer qualifies to stand for election.
Firstly, we sincere thank Emeritus Prof John Fitzgerald, a China expert at Swinburne University for dispelling the myth about CCCAV and Ms Zhang Li; and refuted Clive Hamilton’s claim.
Ms Zhang Li, is a member of the National Chinese Australian Leaders Group (NCALG) and this group is not shy about being critical of the CCP if the need arises. However, the cultural trait of Chinese diaspora born outside China and in the PRC, has the tendency to be “quiet” about their governments whether they live under British Administration, Nationalist (KMT) or Communist rule. Australians generally have difficulty understanding the difference between empathy with the Chinese people and being patriotic to China.
In a recent survey of the leaders of the 1.2 million Chinese diaspora, Graham Lloyd (The Australian 3 Aug 2020) presented a fair and realistic picture of the diaspora in his opinion piece “Batting for Chinese Diaspora, not the CCP. We thank Graham for the opportunity to express our genuine feelings about the Australia we love, and that we publicly declared loyal to Australia.
Chinese Australians have served with fellow Australians in the armed forces starting from the Boer War, WWI (ANZACS), WW2, Korean and Vietnam wars; and some of them have served with distinction. A memorial has been erected to commemorate the sacrifices of these brave men and women in Sydney Chinatown.
We are genuinely concerned about cyber bullies and I would not let them off lightly by calling them “racists” because that is too easy. Instead, I abhor these opportunists who took to social media when the geopolitical winds are moving against China in the current US-China Cold War, to label the candidate “Reds” or “Agents of foreign influence”, as means to attract local votes, just because the candidate is of Chinese origin.
Hence, I appeal to decent ordinary Australians to give the candidates a fair-go and not to vote against them on the spurious claims that the candidate is RED and under foreign influence, but to vote for the candidate you believe would serve the community best.
For this reason, Ms Zhang Li should be given a fair go.
However, "the trial by media" is against our democratic judicial principle of " innocent till proven otherwise". We believe "The trial by media" on Gladys Liu MP (Liberal, Vic), Jennifer Yang (Lab, Vic) previously and now Zhang Li (Vic, Labor), Premier Dan Andrews (Vic. Labor) and Gladys Berejikilian (NSW, Liberal) and others- is unacceptable as it does not give the accused natural justice and fair go. Hence, on this principle and beyond party politics, we strongly voice our concern on this type of unscrupulous media activities.
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Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President CCCA & National Coordinator NCALG
Mr Kingsley Liu, President, CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Tony Tang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, Mark Wang and May Hu, OAM.