Date
24 November 2017
Leung Ka-lau, a lawmaker representing the medical sector, says he cannot support a flawed political reform plan that has been mandated by Beijing. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Ka-lau, a lawmaker representing the medical sector, says he cannot support a flawed political reform plan that has been mandated by Beijing. Photo: HKEJ

Beijing’s electoral plan has ‘fatal defect’: Leung Ka-lau

Leung Ka-lau, a legislator representing the medical functional constituency, said he will vote against the government’s proposal on political reform, heeding the calls of people from the medical fraternity.

He said a majority of people in the medical profession disapprove of the current reform framework that has been mapped out by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress.

Leung said he had a distributed a questionnaire to over 15,000 registered doctors, dentists and medical interns, and received a response from more than 3,000 people.

The survey showed that 55.1 percent of the respondents were unhappy with Beijing’s reform proposal, he said, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal. 

Civic nomination of candidates for the chief executive election drew the most support among three methods put on the table, garnering a 49.4 percent vote, Leung said. The present threshold of support from one-eighth of the election committee members to join the race was the most favored choice if civic nomination is not possible.

The so-called Aug. 31 framework requires the support of at least 50 percent of the committee members for a candidate to be shortlisted for the 2017 chief executive election. A committee member can nominate more than one candidate but there can be only two or three nominees at most.

Such a mechanism has a “fatal defect” of potentially screening out the most capable candidates, said Leung. The issue is about the system, not a matter of an individual political stance, he said.

Leung said Hong Kong people should consider “one person, one vote” as a means to defending the free mechanism in society.

However, this end cannot be met under the Aug. 31 framework, he said.

Translation by Vey Wong

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