Former chief secretary Henry Tang urged the man who defeated him in the 2012 chief executive election to reflect on how to do a better job before he leaves office on June 30, 2017, saying the end of the 75-day pro-democracy protest movement offers the best occasion for such introspection.
Tang said Hong Kong society has been thrown into deep divisions over the past two years because Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying failed to make the government efficient and put the people at ease, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Tang, who supports the move by police to clear the remaining protest sites in Admiralty and Causeway Bay on Thursday, said the city should now focus on how to implement the framework set by Beijing on universal suffrage in 2017 chief executive election.
He said it is a golden opportunity provided by Beijing and the Legislative Council should approve the political reform plan, otherwise it would be difficult for such an opportunity to come again.
What’s important is not what the framework says but what it does not say, Tang said, adding that it offers much room for discussion.
He suggested that people should focus their discussions on how to enlarge the electoral base and how to make the composition of the nomination board more democratic.
Tang said the Occupy movement has left a deep impact on Hong Kong, and people should now think how society could reunite.
Meanwhile, Professor Lau Siu-kai, deputy chairman of the National Research Council of Hong Kong and Macao and former head of the government think tank Central Policy Unit, said Thursday’s street clearance does not mean the end of the Occupy movement.
The pro-democracy campaign will continue and make governance more difficult, Lau said.
Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong said he hopes the government and the pro-democracy camp will hold talks to ease their differences as soon as possible, noting that the government has pledged to create a platform to discuss the long-term development of the city’s political system.
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