Elsie Tu

Dubious tactics

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 November, 2003, 12:00am

Chairman Yeung Sum of the rather undemocratic party that sports the name Democrat warned that his party would use tough (read dirty) tactics 'for the first time' in the coming elections ('Democrats take up tougher tactics', November 11).

Dr Yeung is wrong: it is not the first time. Ever since that party was set up it has been using very 'tough' tactics on political issues. The senior members have been using means fair or foul to beat down opponents who do not accept their negative views on China, and, since 1997, on every action of government leaders.

I know, because of the tricks they played against me in the 1995 elections. Anonymous faxes and letters were distributed illegally stating that I was an 'old foreign woman who slept through council meetings and never did anything for the people'. So they discriminate on age, race and gender. The latter is obvious as they have never had a woman member in the Legislative Council. The fact is I was never known to sleep in meetings, and my service to the people is well recorded.

How sad that some politicians learn muckraking tricks to make up for their negative attitude on issues. Is that how we want democracy to go?

ELSIE TU, Kwun Tong