Tsang asks public for ideas on speech

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am


The chief executive has started to consult the public on his final policy address, a speech likely to define his legacy, but one of his first stops was greeted by protesters yesterday.

About 30 demonstrators - mainly from the League of Social Democrats (LSD) and People Power - started gathering outside the Science Museum, in Tsim Sha Tsui East, where a forum was held on the policy address. Some protesters called for a revival of the subsidised scheme for home ownership. But Tsang dodged protesters by entering through a side entrance.

In March, Tsang was pushed by a LSD protester in his chest when he attended an event at the Museum of History, which is located next to the Science Museum.

The forum was the first of three Tsang is scheduled to attend, with two more in the New Territories and Hong Kong Island.

Speaking at yesterday's forum, Tsang said his address - due in October - would serve as a 'report card' on his seven-year tenure. 'I will prepare a policy address that satisfies the public,' Tsang said. 'For the pledges I made when I ran in the election in 2007, I'll be giving an account of them. Everyone can judge how good or bad [my work] has been.'

Tsang had earlier pledged he would explore possible solutions to some of the city's pressing problems - with a focus on property prices, the ageing population and income gap.

Commenting on the forum, participant Wu Mei-lin, co-ordinator of the Women Workers' Association, said the chief executive was not creative or constructive, and relied merely on existing policies.

Tsang also met representatives from the Heung Yee Kuk. The Kuk's chairman Lau Wong-fat said Tsang should propose solutions in his address to tackle the problems of unauthorised building works in village houses in the New Territories, and zoning problems and land use in the countryside.