Question of the week: Do you support universal suffrage for Hong Kong?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2008, 12:00am

Ophelia Chan, 17, St Clare's Girls' School

Universal suffrage is the extension of the right to vote to all adults, irrespective of race, sex, beliefs, intelligence, or economic or social status. I support universal suffrage for Hong Kong. Everyone has the right to vote and voice their opinions in public. Everyone is equal. No matter who you are, if you are living in Hong Kong, you are part of Hong Kong society. So why can't we choose our own leader? Once there is universal suffrage, we can choose the chief executive and Legco members. The government will treasure every vote from their supporters. As citizens, we can also monitor the government. Therefore, universal suffrage will really benefit Hong Kong.

Germaine Sng Qi Min, 15, South Island School

Universal suffrage is the only way to represent people from all walks of life. I believe that with the city's free media and ability to organise peaceful gatherings, it is time to hold free and fair elections in Hong Kong. It is unlikely that further democratisation of the city would lead to economic chaos. The economy has not suffered although there are more demonstrations in Hong Kong nowadays. The influence of ordinary people in formulating policies is evident. In addition, many prominent Hong Kong personalities who were on the election committee to choose the chief executive have publicly called for universal suffrage.

Victoria Cindy Lai, 15, South Island School

I support universal suffrage for Hong Kong because I believe that all residents should have a say in the way the territory is run. Each decision taken by the government directly affects all or part of the population. Currently, polls are mostly aimed at the upper- and middle-class population, creating a demographic bias in the results. A good government should care about the needs of all residents, especially the poor, whose standard of living should be improved. Therefore, everyone, rich or poor, should have the right to vote for their candidate to improve the living conditions in Hong Kong.