Date
20 October 2017
With the government seen as already having made up its mind, most young people in Hong Kong are ignoring the new round of political reform consultation. Photo: HKEJ
With the government seen as already having made up its mind, most young people in Hong Kong are ignoring the new round of political reform consultation. Photo: HKEJ

Most youth indifferent to reform consultation new round: survey

Most young people are not interested in participating in the government’s new public consultation on the political reform plan, a survey has shown.

Disenchantment with the city’s current administration and fears that their opinions would be twisted and misinterpreted to suit the official line have been cited by many youngsters for their disinterest in the consultation, according to the survey conducted by the Hong Kong Christian Service (HKCS).

The survey showed that as many as 62.5 percent of the youngsters were indifferent to the new round of consultation, as they said that they don’t want to express any opinion, Ming Pao Daily reported.

About 66 percent said they have not read any of the related documents posted online by the government.

HKCS, a social service institution, undertook its survey between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, interviewing 2,829 people in the age group of 10 to 29.

Most of the respondents said there is no point in going through the government documents as the administration has been ignoring people’s voices. They also felt frustrated because they believe the government has already made up its mind on how the political reform should be played out.

“Junk” and “useless” were the words used by 32.5 percent of the interviewees to describe what they felt about the documents, according to the survey.

The government began the second round of public consultation early last month. The exercise will end in early March.

– Contact us at [email protected]

TL/AC/RC

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe