Lesson in political development

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 December, 2003, 12:00am

I am delighted that the leader headlined 'Core issues overlooked in debate on reform' (December 4) focused on these issues in our constitutional development.

I sincerely hope, although I cannot say how optimistic I am, that those among us who have the energy for politics will allocate some of it to the difficult but crucial issue of, as you put it, marrying 'Beijing's wishes with the Hong Kong people's desire to elect a person whom they could regard as their true representative'.

This and related issues may not be readily understood or appreciated by the public, will probably not win votes, but are nonetheless the key to stable and balanced relations with the rest of the country. We should learn a lesson from the Basic Law drafting process. In those five years, debates were exclusively about the proportion of directly elected seats. Despite repeated requests by the Basic Law Consultative Committee to examine the relationship between the executive authorities and the legislature, little was forthcoming. Some of the constitutional problems we have today can be traced back to the narrow debates in the late 1980s.

C. Y. LEUNG, Member, Executive Council