香港金融界反送中宣言

(English version included)

隨6月反對修訂《逃犯條例》升溫,觸發持續的大規模示威、甚至懷疑黑社會成員無差別毆打市民。警方對支持及反對陣營的部署及執法力度嚴重不一,令警民關係越趨緊張,流血衝突時有發生。根據香港民意研究所的最新民調,大部份市民甚至對一國兩制、法治陷入空前的信心危機。本港甚出現走資潮,足見問題已刻不容緩,急需政府盡速回應。

國際間已多次重申,給予香港獨立於中國之特殊政治經濟體地位,基於一國兩制行之有效,如一國兩制失效,種種優惠將一併取消。信用評級公司穆迪上月對本港之信用報告亦已言明,一國兩制對香港信用評級能優於內地之重要性。若繼續放任情況惡化,本港將失去金國際融資優勢、打擊金融中心地位,動搖本港經濟命脈。

另外,財政司司長陳茂波先生早前在記者會上有指香港經濟衰退是由近日的示威活動造成,以圖轉移視線,將政府的失職失責歸咎於示威者,實屬本末倒置。

香港經濟增長放緩早在今年第一季已有跡象,當時未有示威浪潮。而最近香港大學香港經濟及商業策略研究所及中銀香港資深經濟研究員王春新等的研究機構把香港全年本地生產總值預測下調至約1.7% – 1.8%,但主要與中美貿易戰有關,在報告並沒有提到示威活動的影響。若未來香港經濟失速加劇甚至衰退,其成因必與政府漠視法治精神、濫用制度暴力、損害國際投資者信心有關。

最後,因修例風波引起一連串令人髮指的事件,包括黑社會無差別攻擊巿民,新界北及北角分別民間自主戒嚴,社會各界連同警方親屬均期望能查個水落石出。在毫無證據的情況下,樣板式指控外國勢力搞亂香港,形同敷衍卸責,亦無助解決事件。監警會權力不足,政治取態明顯傾斜,甚至目前情況下仍「放大假」,令人懷疑監警會對調查之積極性。社會已陷於嚴重撕裂,各界均希望盡快成立具認受性之獨立調查委員會,確實釐清整個條例風波的真相及責任,使社會早日重回正軌,亦好讓後繼者引以為鑑.

我們在此嚴正聲明,政府切勿再利用經濟數據來誤導巿民,以掩飾自己在施政上的重大失誤,並企圖以此分化普羅大眾。

為香港長治久安,人心安穩,社會繁榮,我們重申五大訴求,缺一不可,政府務必盡快作出回應,否則金融業界勢必聯同其他界別將工業行動升級!

以上發言由群組:[銀行業]香港金融業同路人及香港金融同路人群組聯合聲明(截止8月7日,早上8:00am,群組一共有9,622位金融從業員

This is a statement from professionals in the financial sector in Hong Kong:

The controversial Extradition Bill has triggered city-wide opposition in Hong Kong since June. Constant large-scale demonstrations occurred and organisations from different industries have voiced their shared concerns. In July, suspected triad members beating local citizens with missing police response caused further outrage and condemnation from the mass public. Trust and relationship between the police and citizens deteriorated further after witnessing the extremely biased law enforcement on citizens and lack of any serious enforcement on suspected triad members. According to the latest poll conducted by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, most citizens have an unprecedented crisis of confidence in “One country, Two systems” and the rule of law. There has already been a surge in capital outflow from Hong Kong. It is imperative that the Government to address the citizens’ concerns urgently.

It has been repeatedly reiterated internationally that the status of Hong Kong’s special political economy independent of China is based on the effectiveness of “One country, Two systems”. The failure of such will wipe away various international concessions tied to that status. Moody’s has also stressed that the importance of “one country, two systems” is the crucial reason why Hong Kong can maintain a better credit rating than of mainland China. If the situation continues to deteriorate, Hong Kong will lose its financial advantages as an international financial centre and have long term repercussions on Hong Kong’s economy.

Earlier this week at a press conference, Financial Secretary Mr. Paul Chan warned that Extradition Bill protests would hit Hong Kong economy. The government’s statement is misleading and placing the blame on protesters is irresponsible and unacceptable.

Hong Kong’s economy has already shown signs of a slowdown in the first quarter of this year whereas the first demonstration begun in late second quarter. Recently, the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy of the University of Hong Kong and Wang Chunxin, senior economic researcher of Bank of China Hong Kong, have lowered Hong Kong’s annual GDP forecast to 1.7% – 1.8%, mainly due to the US-China trade war. The report did not mention any impact caused by the protests. However, the Government’s continued selective disregard of the law, abusive use of institutional violence, and negative sentiment by the international investment community will be real reason for any economic deterioration down the road.

Finally, with the current turmoil triggered by the proposed Extradition Bill, and subsequent attacks by triad members in various local communities, society and families of the police force alike would like a just investigation to resolve the current social issues. The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC)’s independency reputation is questionable at best and lacks public trust. Allegations of 「foreign forces」 meddling in recent events with no actual supporting evidence is unhelpful. On that basis, society and various industry sectors demand that a neutral and recognised independent investigation committee to be set up to uncover the truth and responsible parties, so that Hong Kong can return to the right track as soon as possible.

We solemnly condemn the government’s selective use of economic data in an attempt to deceive the public from its mistakes and divisive statements.

For the long-term stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, the five demands are indispensable. The government needs to respond as soon as possible. Otherwise, the financial industry would be left with no choice but to escalate our actions with other industrial sectors of our society!

@FinanceFellow

The above is a joint declaration from the groups: [銀行業]香港金融業同路人 and 香港金融同路人 (As of 7 August 8:00am, two groups consist of 9,622 professionals from the financial sector.)

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