Date
17 December 2017
Margaret Ng (left) urges the youth to run for seats in the Legislative Council or district councils, but student leader Lester Shum (right) said the idea of forming a political party is not under consideration. Photos: HKEJ
Margaret Ng (left) urges the youth to run for seats in the Legislative Council or district councils, but student leader Lester Shum (right) said the idea of forming a political party is not under consideration. Photos: HKEJ

Hong Kong youth should ‘occupy’ Legco: Margaret Ng

Former pan-democrat legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee called on the youth to “occupy” the legislature by entering politics.

Ng also told the Hong Kong Economic Journal in an interview that pan-democrats did not give their best effort in supporting the Occupy campaign, which staged 79 days of protests to push for genuine universal suffrage. 

The youth have to play a bigger role in politics, and they could do that by running for seats in the regional councils or the Legislative Council, she said.

The pan-democrats, on the other hand, should reflect in their work the experience and lessons of the Umbrella Movement and encourage more junior members to take on bigger responsibilities, Ng said.

She encouraged the youth to present a louder voice in Legco or district councils by using innovative methods and engaging in rational debates.

The Occupy movement has brightened the hope of Hong Kong in its democratic quest, she said. She suggested that an “Umbrella Charter” be created to lay the ground for a better alliance and more collaboration among pan-democratic groups.

Ng also criticized the pan-democrats for resorting to filibuster, which she said is meaningless as it has no clear objectives. She said it can only lead to a loss of public support.

The legislature and the way it operates must be reformed, she said. 

Specifically, Ng called for the abolition of functional constituencies, which she described as a “malignant tumor” in Legco. Legislators representing functional constituencies are not directly elected by the people but by trade organizations.

Ng represented the legal sector when she served at Legco.

Last week, Lester Shum, deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, told media that someone in the student organization once broached the idea of forming a political group for the purpose of participating in the Legco election, but it was shot down immediately.

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