Detecting slight whiff of hypocrisy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 12:00am

It is so sad that a great progressive like Elsie Tu chooses to line up with anti-democrats and revisionists in her letter headlined 'Whole world deceived by 'democracy and rule of law' myth' (South China Morning Post, July 5).

It is not a 'myth', but, on the contrary, a fact, that in the great democracies of the West, as in those of the Third World, governments can be and are changed by the votes of the people, under universal suffrage.

This is the real core of democracy. Democracy is a political, not an economic concept. There are many kinds of democratically-elected governments. And often those seeking power are rejected by voters.

Mrs Tu tells us she believes that power derives from the people. Then why is she not publicly pressing Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for the fastest transition to a legislature and chief executive for Hong Kong which are 100 per cent elected by universal suffrage? Do I detect a whiff of hypocrisy? Perhaps she really has such a low opinion of us, her fellow citizens, that she thinks democracy a privilege we do not deserve. Is she saying that democracy derives from the people, but not if they are Hong Kong people?

Mrs Tu must really hate the US and its economic dominance very much, if she is calling on us to abjure what is good in democracy as a protest against the bad behaviour of some US corporations. Again I say, how sad.