Standing firm

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong will remember Chen Zuoer for playing hardball during Sino-British negotiations before 1997 - as well as his controversial statements

'It's like a Formula One car which is going to crash and kill all 6 million people in Hong Kong'

- November 1995, in reference to a surge in welfare spending

'[Chris Patten] is lying to the people of Hong Kong. It's dishonest for him to do something which he knows he cannot achieve'

- September 1995, on the proposal to give British citizenship to BNO passport holders

'If there is no guarantee that universal suffrage will return people who love the country and love Hong Kong, then Hong Kong won't have the conditions for universal suffrage'

- August 2004

'The few people who now pretend to be democratic heroes by advocating democracy ... what were they doing when so many Hong Kong and mainland drafters proposed the ultimate goal of dual universal suffrage?'

- March 2007