Date
22 October 2017
Former chief secretary Anson Chan says the government can end the current standoff if it offers concrete proposals during talks with student leaders. Photo: HKEJ
Former chief secretary Anson Chan says the government can end the current standoff if it offers concrete proposals during talks with student leaders. Photo: HKEJ

Anson Chan urges ‘meaningful’ proposals in govt-student talks

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has urged the government to offer “concrete and meaningful” proposals during the upcoming talks with students on Tuesday.

“Only government has the capability to defuse the political standoff, but they have not shown their leadership in past three weeks,” RTHK quoted Chan as saying.

The former top civil servant urged the government to provide reform plans including those related to the 2016 Legislative Council election and the make-up of the nominating committee for the 2017 chief executive election.

“At least, the government should substitute the corporates or groups within the functional constituency in LegCo and the sub-sector for the nominating committee with individual votes, which would expand the electoral base,” Chan said.

Lingnan University president Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon, moderator for the student-government dialogue on Tuesday, has pledged to be fair and impartial in the session.

He urged both sides to cherish the opportunity to make their points. Each will have 5 minutes to state their opinions, followed by 90 minutes of discussion. In the end, each will be given 10 minutes to make concluding remarks, he added.

Lau Kong-wah, Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, said both sides have shown “sincerity” in agreeing to the talks.

“The government values the opportunity of talking with students, and listen to their views,” Lau said.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed on Saturday that the dialogue would take place at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in Wong Chuk Hang with five delegates on each side. The session will be broadcast live on Tuesday.

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