Tung patiently doing his best for Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 September, 1997, 12:00am

I refer to the 'From the Corridors' column headlined, 'Silence is a step up for Tung's responses' (South China Morning Post, September 12).

I am not comfortable with the statement 'Uncle Tung is the most consummate professional in Hong Kong since . . . well . . . Chris Patten'.

Is the author trying to compare our Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa with Mr Patten? In so doing, your correspondent obviously fails to appreciate the difficulties confronting Mr Tung and does not understand Mr Tung's background and the mission he has set himself. Mr Patten is a professional politician who was sent from Britain with a clear mission to protect British business interests before the change of sovereignty. He demonstrated his ability to deal with a group of local amateur politicians, but failed as an international class politician.

In spite of Mr Tung's shipping background and well-established international contacts, he is an amateur politician harassed by a group of international class professional politicians who are trying to interfere with the affairs of the Hong Kong SAR.

He has acted politely like a good businessman should and has listened to the views of those who do not understand what is best for Hong Kong.

He has demonstrated his sincerity and has shown a great deal of patience, avoiding confrontation and he is doing what is best for Hong Kong.

If only Mr Patten had possessed such qualities he would not have created so many problems for Hong Kong during his period of confrontation with the Chinese Government.