Jimmy Lai was arrested on Aug. 10 under Beijing's new national security law. (Photo: AFP)
Hong Kong's millionaire and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who faces criminal charges after he supported a pro-democracy movement, says he will not leave the city or his faith in God.Lai, a British-Hong Kong citizen, is accused of "colluding" with foreign forces under the sweeping national security law for supporting the pro-democracy movement. But he said he would not leave Hong Kong for the United Kingdom."If I go away, I not only give up my destiny, I give up God, I give up my religion, I give up what I believe in," the Catholic said in a video conversation with the US-based Napa Institute on Oct. 5."I am what I am. I am what I believe. I cannot change it. And if I can't change it, I have to accept my fate with praise."When you lift yourself above your own self-interest, you find the meaning of life. You find you're doing the right thing, which is so wonderful. It changed my life into a different thing."
Lai told the Catholic institute that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is eager to supplant religion with government control and guidelines.He said he had supported the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong for the past 30 years because of "the Lord's teaching that your life is not about yourself.""The way I look at it, if I suffer for the right cause, it only defines the person I am becoming. It can only be good for me to become a better person. If you believe in the Lord, if you believe that all suffering has a reason, and the Lord is suffering with me ... I'm at peace with it."When police conducted an Aug. 10 raid on the office of Apple Daily, the newspaper Lai started in 1995, he was arrested along with at least nine others for their role in the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony.Though Lai is out on bail, he is charged under the draconian national security law, which China imposed on July 1, bypassing the Hong Kong legislature.