More than a third of Hong Kong people have a bad impression of the central government, according to a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies.
The telephone survey, taken from June 21 to 24, after the Legislative Council voted down the Beijing-backed political reform bill, showed that 36.2 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents had a poor regard for the central government, up sharply from 4.3 percent in 2007, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.
Some 52.4 percent of the respondents said their confidence was decreasing in Beijing’s implementation of the policy of “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy”.
In the same survey, 27.3 percent said the central government has failed to implement the basic policy of “one country, two systems”, 23.5 percent said Beijing has implemented it adequately, while 46.1 percent held a neutral position on the issue.
Meanwhile, several pro-democracy groups launched the Community Civic Charter movement, with the aim of encouraging Hong Kong people to actively participate in the city’s social and political affairs.
The movement is part of the pan-democratic camp’s initiatives to gain more seats in the District Council elections this November.
The group will encourage citizens to join the election of district councillors, village representatives, homeowners’ association officials and officers of parents-teachers associations in schools.
Among the organizers of the movement are former pan-democrat legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, Occupy Central co-convenor and associate law professor at the University of Hong Kong Benny Tai Yiu-ting, former secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students Alex Chow and lecturer at the Department of Social Work of Hong Kong Baptist University Shiu Ka-chun.
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