Confrontational politics is just a waste of time

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 July, 1998, 12:00am

Danny Gittings in this column (South China Morning Post, June 24) appears to be accusing the Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa of adopting a 'divide and rule' policy.

That statement from Mr Gittings really surprises me.

I am sure that others besides myself have the impression that Mr Tung may appear to err on the opposite side, attempting conciliation with everyone both in officialdom and in politics.

I always read what Mr Gittings says, but seldom agree with him. This article of his stands the issue on its head to try to prove his prejudices that Mr Tung is creating division, just as Mr Gittings has in the past few years stood every issue on its head in his attempts to discredit everyone who has not taken the anti-China, anti-SAR, stand. He has lived here long enough to know that divisiveness in our community began in 1992, when some radical politicians collaborated with the then new Governor to dismantle the Basic Law and cause as much conflict as possible in the community to try to stave off Chinese sovereignty.

Hong Kong had never seen such political conflict.

It was fortunate for Hong Kong that the vast majority of people stood firm for a smooth transfer of sovereignty and managed to achieve the goal of 'one country, two systems', rather than the British-influenced 'independence' that a handful of people would have preferred.

Danny Gittings now begins to raise a further conflict before the new legislature has even held its first official meeting. We recently seemed to be moving towards a united effort to upturn the economy. Can we not concentrate on that, for the sake of the hard-pressed community, instead of anticipating more confrontational politics that do nothing except waste time on endless talk that hinders action? ELSIE TU Kowloon