Legislator Chan Yuen-han, honorary president of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU), said she supports a proposal by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to set up a think tank for the government, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Wednesday.
Chan said a think tank could help Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deal with major issues such as the city’s housing policy.
A think tank could offer sound advice and insights to help the government carry out its responsibilities, she said, citing the example of the United States where there are a number of think tanks.
Chan said she had heard of Tung’s proposal even before he confirmed the news through a spokesman. She also said Tung has not invited her to join the planned think tank.
The legislator said Tung was a good choice to lead the delegation of Hong Kong business leaders in a meeting with President Xi Jinping and other top mainland officials in Beijing as he has good connections with people in the business circle.
The trip offered a chance for the central government to iron out issues stemming from the 2012 chief executive election.
“Some people in the [business] circle were unhappy so they needed to talk,” she said.
Chan said Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who succeeded Tung as chief executive, should be blamed for many of the problems that accumulated during his term, including rising home prices and rents.
Last week, Chan led an HKFTU delegation to meet with mainland officials in Beijing.
She said the discussions gave her the impression that the central government is sticking to its formula for electoral reform in Hong Kong, and there will be no hope for mutual trust between Beijing and the city’s pan-democratic camp unless all the planned protests stop in October.
Chan said she supports the political reform plan proposed by a group of 13 scholars as well as the suggestion that members of the nomination committee be allowed to vote anonymously or cast two votes each.
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