Date
22 November 2017
Dr. Lo Chung-mau (inset) says the Occupy movement caused serious trauma to Hong Kong. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
Dr. Lo Chung-mau (inset) says the Occupy movement caused serious trauma to Hong Kong. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Lo Chung-mau: youth not equipped to drive political reform

A well-known Hong Kong surgeon says young Hongkongers are incapable of running a country with 1.3 billion people, so political reforms in the city should not be decided based only on their demands, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Dr. Lo Chung-mau, head of surgery at the University of Hong Kong, said in a radio interview Sunday that Hong Kong is subject to the principle of “one country, two systems”, and one cannot focus only on the latter but not the former.

He said it is strange that young people are so hasty about political reforms while an elderly person like him is not.

His remarks came after he and more than 100 professionals and academics issued a joint statement saying political reforms should be based on the framework the National People’s Congress Standing Committee handed down on August 31.

The Occupy movement caused serious trauma to Hong Kong, and the aim in issuing the joint statement is to heal the city, which has been like a patient with illness, Lo said.

Fearing that the Occupy movement may recur if the official proposal for electoral reform is voted down in the Legislative Council, he urged Hongkongers not to see the reforms as part of a power struggle.

Richard Wong Yue-chim, a professor of economics at HKU who also signed the statement, said he is worried that radicals or opportunists may take advantage of the extreme ideology emerging now in Hong Kong, jeopardizing efforts to achieve democracy.

Wong said while he believes it will be very difficult for the proposal to be passed in Legco, he hopes Beijing and the pan-democratic lawmakers will show goodwill to each other.

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