15 September 2019

Govt. time on pro-establishment side in reform feedback phase

Of the 226 events government officials attended as part of the political reform consultation, just one was organized by a community group advocating “civic nomination” in 2017, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. 

The rest, it said, were mostly staged by pro-government bodies.

Also, in mid-April, the government sent representatives to two activities by the pro-establishment camp but refused to attend an event hosted by pro-democracy campaigners, the report said.

The details emerged from a report that Hong Kong submitted to the National People’s Congress Tuesday on the city’s public consultation efforts on political reform. The report listed all of the events it attended to gather public feedback on the issue between December and May. Those events included trips to Lunar New Year fairs in Mong Kok and Victoria Park.

Officials met with members of the pro-establishment New Territories Association of Societies seven times in seven months, the highest number visits to any group. Other pro-establishment bodies such as the Heung Yee Kuk, also met government representatives more than once.

The Sai Kung, Tseung Kwan O and Shatin subsidiaries of The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong all secured time with officials even though the DAB headquarters and the many district councils it controlled had already done so.

Many other mainland trade or local associations, such as those from Guangdong, Guangxi, Chaozhou, Zhejiang, Fujian, Hubei, Weizhou, Shantou, also discussed political reform with government officials, the report said.

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