【飲水思源】嘉道理爵士發公開信表達對香港的感激之情,呼籲香港人重建互信及為新一代建立𥌓光

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今晨,米高嘉道理爵士於《南華早報》A7 版面刊登一篇給予香港人的公開信,憶述家族在香港的發跡史,並藉文勸喻港人重拾往昔獅子山精神的價值觀,因為這是香港經歷洗禮而成國際大都會的歷史,亦是我們尋找問題的解決方法的基礎:互相信任、尊重及公開對話。

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嘉道理爵士提醒港人在信中記述去世的父親的話語,指香港的存在是尋找兩種不同的政制及意識形態的中庸之道。他透露自己對香港近日的衝突和暴力事件感到痛心疾首,說明自己並不支持暴力行為,亦不認為這是能夠解決問題的做法。嘉道理爵士指出,對於法治的承諾及和平的秩序是香港達到今日的成就的基石,我們不能忘記在混亂中堅定不移地尋找平衡,正是香港成為世界上一個獨特的地方的價值。

他更在信中結尾寄語對孩子的叮嚀,香港獅子山精神的力量、意志、創意和驅動力是香港成就繁榮及面對每個困境的原動力。嘉道理爵士堅持對香港的信念永不減退,並呼籲道這正是香港人團結及堅持理念的時刻。不單是為了香港作為獨特的都會的地位,更是為了維護香港的新一代,以和平的手法去處理當前的危機,為香港未來世世代代的棟樑作好榜樣。

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被喻為香港第一隱秘家族的嘉道理家族在 140 年前初屆香港,將歐洲的商業王朝帶入香港。嘉道理爵士代表家族感激香港給予他們的機會。在互信的基礎下共同引領香港從小漁港走向繁榮強盛的國際地位。與種族及出身並沒有任何關係,只要有對於香港熱愛的真誠,便是一個真真正正的香港人。而米高嘉道理爵士,正是那位愛護香港,願意捍衛香港的人。

公開信全文:

The Kadoories first arrived in Hong Kong 140 years ago and this city gave us the opportunity to prosper. Over the past century we have been welcomed by the Chinese people and have been privileged to play a small part in Hong Kong’s transformation from a bustling port a dynamic metropolis on the world stage.

My late father often spoke about the uniqueness of Hong Kong. “This area of the world,” he once said, “is going to develop as a neutral point of contact between two different ideologies and two different systems of government.” This prediction made more than three decades ago is evident in the city’s prosperity and growth, intrinsically linked to China’s economic development.

With this deep connection, it is disheartening to see what has overtaken the city recently with the threat of a challenging situation escalating still further. I do not support violence nor do I believe that this should be the way to resolve conflicts. A commitment to the rule of law and maintaining peace and order is the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s success. More importantly, our city’s spirit that we have long valued is our ability to find solutions in mutual respect, understanding and open dialogue. We must not forget our unique place as that neutral point of contact and work tirelessly to restore the balance.

I have spoken many times of how our young people are Hong Kong’s future. We cannot leave them in desperation of despair. It is the responsibility of us all to rebuild trust in the community and create hope for the for the younger generation.

Being a part of Hong Kong has instilled the Lion Rock Spirit in me and my children – that energy, ambition, drive and creativity has powered our prosperity and helped us to face many challenges. My faith in our home in undiminished. Now is a time for everybody to unite and be unswerving in our commitment not just to Hong Kong’s special place, but to a peaceful solution to our current crisis for this generation , the next , and beyond.

Source: SCMP, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

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