Date
18 December 2017
Legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick says democrats should play a leading role in Hong Kong's democracy movement.
Photo: HKEJ
Legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick says democrats should play a leading role in Hong Kong's democracy movement. Photo: HKEJ

Lawmaker blames lack of leadership for slumping social movement

Legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick said lack of leadership is the main reason for the slumping social movement and democratic development in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Chu said the democrats should honor their duty as lawmakers and take up a leading role in democracy movements, otherwise they would become easily replaceable.

Chu was reflecting on his first year in office, saying a lawmaker could be evaluated in two ways.

A legislator can seek reelection and can be judged whether he or she has displayed a strong sense in taking the democracy movement forward, Chu said.

The legal sector was the leader in the anti-Article 23 movement while Scholarism led the protest against national education. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were the key leaders behind the Occupy Central protests, he said.

“Who is going to lead the next democracy movement?” Chu asked.

Chu said the real question perhaps is how much Hong Kong people really want democracy.

“If we only wanted our way of life before 1997, that is not having democracy but freedom and rule of law. All we need is to let a friendly leader like John Tsang run Hong Kong.”

Chu said the democrats should be honest with themselves and reflect on whether they have done their part in defending freedom and rule of law, while working with the government in carrying out its policies.

Commenting on Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Chu said she will continue to play her role as a competent civil servant and will offer carrots to the mainstream democratic camp while giving stick to aggressive politicians.

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