PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am

Silent majority

This is my reply to Peter Wong Man-kwong's speech on Sunday ('Deputy accused of being a 'leftist king'', December 1).

Mr Wong's argument that the appointment of district councillors by the chief executive should be continued in order to represent the silent majority who do not cast their votes is clearly flawed.

His view seems to suggest that unless there is a 100 per cent voter turnout, the appointment system should be preserved. But can Mr Wong tell us in which countries where democratic elections are held that the voter turnout rate achieves 100 per cent?

The fact that the silent majority does not exercise its voting rights does not mean that the chief executive, who lacks a public mandate, is entitled to exercise such rights on behalf of these people. Moreover, how can the chief executive ensure that the appointed district councillors truly represent the silent majority?


Christmas shocker

Looking at the utterly ghastly Christmas tree in Statue Square, Central, I wonder if it is not too much to ask for the vapid Hong Kong Tourism Board at least to engage someone with even an atomic modicum of style or an amoebic degree of taste so as to present Hong Kong with the slightest hint of sophistication?



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