Donald Tsang

Shortage of talent worries Leong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 August, 2007, 12:00am

Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit has voiced concern over the shortage of political talent following the death of DAB chairman Ma Lik. Mr Ma, 55, who had colon cancer, died in Guangzhou on Wednesday.

Mr Leong said politicians often found it difficult to step down because there was no talent to succeed them. Speaking on the Commercial Radio programme Beautiful Sunday, he said: 'Both the leftist and the democratic camp are facing the same problem. Those who have come forward find it hard to step down. Succession is a problem.

'If we do not have new blood, it's very difficult for us to take democracy forward.'

Mr Leong urged the government to step up efforts in nurturing the development of political parties.

Mr Leong, a senior counsel who challenged Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in the chief executive election in March, said Mr Tsang had failed to honour his campaign promise in the government green paper on universal suffrage. Instead of offering a few models as promised, he had only listed piecemeal answers for people to choose from, Mr Leong said.

'[The green paper] only serves to enable the government to manipulate the universal suffrage model it intends to push forward eventually,' he said.

Mr Leong believed the democrats were ready to discuss details with the government as long as 'genuine' universal suffrage was implemented.