Date
24 August 2017
Businessman Lew Mon-hung (R) has questioned Chief Secretary Carrie Lam's (L) 'pocket first' argument on Hong Kong's political reform path. Photo: HKEJ
Businessman Lew Mon-hung (R) has questioned Chief Secretary Carrie Lam's (L) 'pocket first' argument on Hong Kong's political reform path. Photo: HKEJ

Lew Mon-hung questions legitimacy of HK reform plan

The constitutional proposal that the government has put forth under the framework set by Beijing represents a challenge to Hong Kong’s freedoms, and should be opposed, businessman Lew Mon-hung said. 

A trio led by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is unrealistically persuading the public to accept the proposal, making the so-called “pocket first” argument, without attesting the legitimacy of the framework that was released in August, Lew wrote in an article published in Ming Pao Daily Monday.

The Aug. 31 framework will effectively deprive freedom of choice for over 50 percent of Hong Kong’s voters, as it requires the nomination committee to have the same composition as that seen in the previous chief executive election, he wrote.

Also, nominees for the top job are required to secure the support of at least half of the committee members, noted Lew, who is otherwise generally considered to be pro-Beijing. 

Pan-democrats won 55 to 62 percent support from district constituencies, which allow one vote for each eligible voter. Yet pan-democrats only hold 17 percent of seats in the election committee, the article pointed out.

As such, the framework literally screens out any candidates supported by pan-democrats and deprives voters of a chance to elect them.

The current proposal is no different from the sham elections seen during the Saddam Hussein era in Iraq or the Kim dynasty in North Korea, even though officials are saying that 5 million people will able to exercise their franchise in the 2017 chief executive poll, Lew wrote.

To safeguard the “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong people should reject the current political reform proposal that is in violation of the Basic Law and goes against the city’s core values of freedom and rule of law, he wrote.

Translation by Vey Wong

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