Financial Secretary John Tsang sees a bright future for leaders of social movements in Hong Kong, who he said must be good organizers and very eloquent, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
In an interview with Striding On, a publication of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tsang said that when he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston in the 1970s, he witnessed several protests by students against the Vietnam war.
Recent events in Hong Kong reminded him of those days, he said.
Tsang said many of the student leaders who organized the protests were eventually recruited by large companies.
His remarks were at odds with those from other senior government officials who have been unrelenting in their criticism of the students who played an important part in the recent pro-democracy Occupy movement.
Tsang said young people in every generation always want to change society, as he did, but they will adjust their thinking to achieve the best results as they become older and come to a better realization of the facts of life.
He said it is a good thing to see young people choose different ways to voice their opinions in a new era, as that shows they are full of vigor and energy.
However, Tsang also offered some advice for young people who care about society.
Before deciding on any action, a person must stop and think how it may affect the person, the people around the person and society as a whole, as well as what the benefits and the drawbacks of the action may be, he said.
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