Date
16 December 2017
Hong Kong's lawmakers must reject fake universal suffrage and fight for true democracy, a civil servant group said in an open letter. Source: Facebook
Hong Kong's lawmakers must reject fake universal suffrage and fight for true democracy, a civil servant group said in an open letter. Source: Facebook

Civil servant group urges ‘no’ vote on political reform bill

A group of civil servants on Friday published an open letter in a local newspaper calling on lawmakers to veto the government’s political reform package.

The letter, which was spread over a full page in Ming Pao Daily, urged legislators to reject “fake universal suffrage” and fight for “true democracy”.

Although they do not believe that rejecting the reform package will solve the problems faced by Hong Kong, the group said that passing the bill would mean the end of the city’s sheen.

Supporting the reform package will only help authorities make use of a flawed electoral system to win a “fake public mandate”, it said.

The group said that civil servants want to work toward the goal of maintaining Hong Kong’s prosperity, and that they do not want quarrels to continue.

The letter came as lawmakers are set to vote on the political reform bill next week.  

Along with the letter, which was published as a paid advertisement, the civil servants group posted a collage made up of a 1200 official staff cards.

The staff card images were procured via a Facebook Page titled “Civil Servants Ask For True Democracy”.

The Facebook page was started last year. On that platform, civil servants expressed their support for the Umbrella Movement by posting their own official staff cards, but with the personal information blanked out.

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RC

EJ Insight intern reporter

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