New alliance planned to seek a consensus on reforms

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2009, 12:00am

Executive Councillor Cheng Yiu-tong is planning to form an alliance to 'help the political system move forward', amid the government's ongoing public consultation on constitutional reform.

The group will introduce the government paper to individuals and organisations and invite them to give views on issues not addressed in the document. For example, up for discussion will be whether the five proposed functional constituency lawmakers for district councils should be elected through a 'single seat, single vote' system, a proportional representation system or any other method.

The idea of forming the alliance was initiated by professionals and businesspeople, said Cheng, who is also a local deputy to the National People's Congress and president of the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU).

The FTU has called on its subsidiary unions to support the government's reform package, and Cheng said the alliance would recruit members who 'share the same view'. 'I won't ask for universal suffrage in 2012, because it is impossible ... We welcome people who want the political system moving forward.'

The alliance will collect views only on the chief executive and Legislative Council election methods for 2012.

Cheng said he hoped members would come from a range of backgrounds, not just political parties.

In 2005, the unionist led a coalition of 11 pro-Beijing groups to launch a signature campaign in support of the constitutional reform package proposed then.