Wrong reasons for a popular election?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 January, 2004, 12:00am

As everyone knows, the government's credibility has hit the lowest point ever. Hong Kong people want to force the chief executive to resign to save our future.

In the meantime, they are asking for a popular election of the leader. However, it is not the right time for this change because Hong Kong people cannot handle political affairs calmly.

After July 1, most of us think Hong Kong people are keen on building up our society. They dare to bear the responsibility of being citizens. They devote themselves to saving the declining economy.

However, in the elections, we see that they are over-assertive. If we popularly elect a leader in 2007, the person chosen to be chief executive will perhaps not be the one Hong Kong people need. It may be that they only want to replace Tung Chee-hwa. There is too much passion and emotion. The new leader will be under great pressure because he is elected.

Frankly speaking, Mr Tung is a good chief executive, although some say he is not smart. At least he dares to take responsibility, tolerate gossip and slander, and keep working for us. Therefore, now is the time to work together to save Hong Kong from decline, but not the time to discuss how bad the chief executive is.

Hong Kong people also need to learn how to appreciate others. Criticism is nothing more than helplessness, while work amounts to usefulness. No one can get everything right, and we are all ordinary people like the chief executive.

DORCAS WU, Kowloon City