Taiwan News, and various other media outlets in Hong Kong, have reported that Rupert Hogg, the former Cathay Pacific CEO, has submitted his own name to the Chinese Aviation Authority, instead of a list of staff members who took part in the Hong Kong protests.
Rupert Hogg joined Cathay Pacific as a CEO back in May 2017. Prior to this designation, he had been working with Cathay Pacific’s parent company – Swire for more than 30 years.
Cathay Pacific began to find itself caught in the political turmoil when the Chinese authority demanded Cathay Pacific to suspend crew members, who were involved in illegal protests in Hong Kong, from operating flights into China’s airspace from 10th August, including flights bound for other destinations.
According to Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, 1200 Cathay Pacific cabin crew and pilots took part in a strike on Monday (5th August). More than 150 flights were cancelled.
One may question the reliability of this possible reason, as there is a high degree of freedom of speech in Hong Kong. We may never possibly get absolute accuracy, unless this information is officially revealed by Rupert Hogg or the Management Team from Cathay Pacific.
Nevertheless, Wang Ting-yu, a parliament member in Taiwan, made a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon (18th August) to praise his act.
” True warriors show the noblest glory of human nature when facing great decisions.
He took responsibility for the strike and resigned!
He didn’t sell out any Cathay Pacific employees!
He took the all the responsibility by himself!
Please remember the name of this gentleman.
Mr. Rupert Hogg!
I salute you!”
This reason, published by various media, may not present an absolute accuracy. I advise readers to exercise objective judgement in processing this information.