Our Hong Kong Foundation, a new think tank set up last month by former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, will soon organize its first batch of activities targeting young people, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Ray Cheung Chak-chung, a consultant to the think tank and an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of Electronic Engineering, said the aim is to invite young people to voice their opinions, as Tung has been suggesting.
Cheung declined to go into detail about the plans.
Sources said Tung suggested to the think tank’s consultants that young people from the “yellow ribbon” — or pro-democracy – camp be invited to join a forum to exchange ideas.
A month ago, Tung rejected a request by student leaders for his help in arranging a meeting with officials in Beijing.
Having talked to students at the Occupy sites, Cheung told the newspaper the problem with young people lies in communicating with them, meaning that government officials do not correctly understand what young people really want.
He suggested that the government work harder in this area.
Meanwhile, a high school student who has been taking part in the Occupy movement since late September said the only way for the government to ease people’s grievances is to respond positively to their demands for democracy.
Another student, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said she does not believe the government’s attempts to communicate will produce any constructive results. In fact, she said, it has never really tried to do so.
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