Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa told Beijing officials that electing the next leader by universal suffrage is of no benefit to Hong Kong, government broadcaster RTHK reported, citing Democratic Party leader Emily Lau.
She quoted “reliable sources” as saying Tung made the comments during a recent visit to the capital.
Lau said she would not be surprised if Tung had made those remarks given his conservative leanings, but if he did, he should explain them to Hong Kong people.
Any such effort by Tung to oppose universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election could counter the push for a general election, she said.
Meanwhile, Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang said some people in the business sector are concerned universal suffrage might lead to populism, Ming Pao reported.
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