What would you ask Donald Tsang?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 June, 2010, 12:00am

During Thursday's unprecedented debate on political development, only six questions from the public will be picked out for discussion. If you were given the chance, what would you ask?

South China Morning Post readers have been sending in questions that they wish to see addressed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.

Jennifer Eagleton, a Tai Po resident, said she hoped Eu would ask Tsang for his definition of 'universal and equal' universal suffrage, and: 'If you don't want to get rid of functional constituencies, why don't you just say so?'

Guy Shirra of Sai Kung wanted to know 'what is the point of having universal and equal suffrage if the candidates for CE are chosen by an appointed body', while A.L. Nanik wanted to know whether the promise of universal suffrage was truly irrevocable. Nanik also wanted Tsang to justify spending HK$9 million on its 'Act Now' campaign, and why 'pan-democrats didn't get a dollar'.

Peter Wei said he hoped Eu would ask: 'Did you invite me for the debate to show to the central government your 'patriotism' to cover up your inability to persuade the Hong Kong people to accept its so-called political reform package other than referendum and genuine democracy?'

Stephen Lau, a student at the Chinese University, wanted to know how Tsang could justify functional constituencies as being part of universal suffrage. Student leader Eric Lai Yan-ho said he wanted to know why no effort was made to abolish corporate voting in the functional constituencies, and the split voting system that effectively gave the functional constituencies a veto power over private motions and bills which require a majority in both chambers.

This Thursday's live debate between Tsang and Eu will focus on the reform package which will be put to a vote in the Legislative Council on June 23.