We need to be honest and modest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am

Last Friday the three chief executive candidates participated in an election debate. During the debate, Henry Tang Ying-yen kept calling Leung Chun-ying a liar. This really shocked me.

A good leader, Tang insisted, should be honest with the public. This is no doubt true. But can't we be a bit more civil? Leung may not have been honest with the public, but I don't think Tang should keep harping on about this.

It is important to take a look at ourselves before criticising others. This is especially true about people seeking political office.

We should be modest and honest not just with other people but also with ourselves.

Lilian Chung Ka-long, Pooi To Middle School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lilian. Friday's debate was an interesting look at how the candidates behave under pressure. In the case of the two main candidates, it seems the answer is 'not very well'.

It's a bit rich for Henry Tang to have accused Leung Chun-ying of lying, given the recent wave of eye-opening facts about him: the illegal structure, affair, illegitimate child and so on. What's more, it seems as if Tang may have broken the law by referring to a high-level government discussion from several years ago. Even if Leung is guilty of the charges, the mud-slinging didn't put Tang in a good light.

A survey conducted by the SCMP and the University of Hong Kong showed that 33.7 per cent of viewers thought Leung performed best in the debate. Only 15.2 per cent thought Tang did.

What's sad is that most Hong Kong people have no say in who their next leader will be. It would be much more reassuring if candidates focused on the issues that really matter to citizens. Right now, all we can do is hope that somehow Albert Ho Chun-yan steals the crown.

Karly, Deputy Editor

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