Date
18 December 2017
(From left) Henry Tang, Antony Leung, Lam Woon-kwong and Bernard Chan have been invited to talks with Scholarism. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
(From left) Henry Tang, Antony Leung, Lam Woon-kwong and Bernard Chan have been invited to talks with Scholarism. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Scholarism invites 4 politicians to discuss political reform

Scholarism, a student group that played a prominent role in the Occupy protests, has invited four influential figures in the pro-establishment camp for an open dialogue on restarting political reform, am730 reported Monday.

The invitations were sent to former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, former financial secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung, Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong and executive councilor Bernard Charnwut Chan on the weekend.

Lam responded via his secretary that he had no comment for the time being, while Tang said he would make a decision later after gathering information on the second phase of the government’s public consultation on political reform.

Scholarism spokesman Oscar Lai Man-Lok said the four people being invited either have public duties or might run for the job of chief executive in 2017. Each has publicly expressed a caring attitude toward Hong Kong’s youth, he said.

The student group would like to meet them for discussions this month or in the first half of next month.

Lai said he has high expectations of the four public figures and hopes they will listen not just to voices from the government and business but also to those from the community.

He said Scholarism will stage rallies outside the venues where public consultations are held, but it has yet to decide whether to try to occupy those venues.

Further discussion of any such action will take place between Scholarism, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and pan-democratic political parties, Lai said.

Meanwhile, Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong said Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen Hung-yee’s idea of taking the number of blank votes into consideration in the election for chief executive was a bad suggestion, since the goal of the election is to appoint a capable person to lead Hong Kong, not to reject certain candidates.

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