What is to be gained from further rallies?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 12:00am

What further response from the chief executive do the participants of the July 1 march and July 9 rally - and another rally planned today - expect? Dismantling of the administration and direct elections?

Even if 500,000 marched on July 1, it could not represent the majority opinion and the significance of it was and is arguable at best.

It was no big deal. Protest marches have largely lost their impact since being mounted for unreasonable demands, such as the civil servants' against a pay cut.

The chief executive understandably, therefore, sat on it for several days before responding, and his 'we heard you loud and clear' response was quite adequate. He said again on July 9 that he would listen carefully and review the performance of his administration.

The government having given an inch - by withdrawing the three controversial provisions and then by postponing the national security bill - the democrats took a foot and demanded re-doing the consultation exercise and introducing a white paper at that.

Enough is enough. They should stop being such a nuisance - at least not disrupting public life - before it gets out of hand.

PETER LOK, Heng Fa Chuen