Learning from Taiwan

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 April, 2004, 12:00am

After the Taiwan presidential election, Hong Kong people should think twice about universal suffrage. But this does not mean that we do not want it and Beijing too should not fear universal suffrage.

We should learn from Taiwan, which, however, is very different to Hong Kong. Taiwanese do not want to be governed by China. But most Hong Kong people are patriotic. We simply want a chief executive who will listen to us and help solve economic and social problems.

Taiwan is the only Chinese society that is a democracy, but it is not yet mature. We should see the election as a mirror and set up laws and mechanisms to guide the development of democracy in Hong Kong.