Date
23 November 2017
Leung Man-tao says some people have intentionally intensified the conflict between the central government and Hong Kong. Photo: topnews9.com
Leung Man-tao says some people have intentionally intensified the conflict between the central government and Hong Kong. Photo: topnews9.com

Polarized climate bodes ill for political reform: Leung Man-tao

Hong Kong’s political environment has become polarized, and the disappearance of moderates in the city means a dead-end for political reform, said Leung Man-tao, a well-known writer, critic and television host.

“In the political reform this time, a group of people say ‘take it first’…. but many think the matter will be very difficult to settle [through discussion],” Leung said in an interview. 

“Why there is no middle force and no voice from the moderates?” he said, before providing the answer himself. “It’s because they have been wiped out.”

A moderate online media outlet like House News has been forced to close due to political concerns, and the Democratic Party and political scholars are all regarded as enemies, Leung told AM 730.

“The disappearance of moderates means a loss to both the central government and Hong Kong… If the central government is clear-headed, they should not let this happen,” he said.

Leung said he believes some people have intentionally intensified the conflict between the mainland and Hong Kong to further their own interests.

Hong Kong only has internal conflicts but not opposing forces. But some people have exaggerated the situation to Beijing so that they can gain power and benefits, he said.

To these people, eliminating a media voice, or changing the stance of a media outlet, is an achievement, Leung said. Organizing an anti-Occupy Central campaign is also deemed a good strategy by those forces, he added.

These people do not think about the big picture, nor do they care, whether what they are doing is good for the central government and Hong Kong, Leung said.

In other comments, he said Occupy Central protests could be in the offing given the recent developments. It will be difficult to tell how things will evolve, he said, while urging Hongkongers to transcend the ideological differences and grab the chance to portray the real situation.

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