Date
23 September 2017
Leung Ka-lau (fourth from left) says he has not made up his mind whether to vote for or against the political reform proposal. Photo: SocRec
Leung Ka-lau (fourth from left) says he has not made up his mind whether to vote for or against the political reform proposal. Photo: SocRec

Medical legislator: Political reform survey for reference only

A legislator from the medical sector said a planned opinion poll on Beijing’s political reform package for the 2017 chief executive election will guide his vote when the proposal comes before the chamber.   

Leung Ka-lau said a survey will be conducted across the industry and the results will be for reference only, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

The poll comes after the government last week kicked off a second round of public consultations on the proposal.

Leung told dozens of doctors and medical students during a seminar that he has not made up his mind whether to vote for or against the measure.

There are many concerns that need to be addressed and the result will only mean something if either side clearly takes the wishes of the majority into account, he said.

Also, he said the universal suffrage model proposed by the National People’s Congress is a reference. He does not plan to join calls for the Chinese legislature to retract the proposal.

About 15,000 questionnaires will be distributed, he said.

Lo Chung-mau, chairman of hepatobiliary surgery in the University of Hong Kong, urged Leung to use his vote to reflect the opinions of the sector as a whole rather than his own.

Meanwhile, Shih Tai-cho, president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, said it is important to respect the Chinese constitution, even though most people in the sector are disappointed with proposed NPC election framework.

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