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PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 August, 2014, 4:54am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 August, 2014, 4:54am

Proposal for 2017 chief executive poll is worse than current system

These are strange days in Hong Kong. There are times when I almost feel sympathy for the pan-democrats over universal suffrage, and I blame Beijing for my "pan-democratitis".

Like many moderates and "silent majority" people, we never expected Beijing to allow civil nomination or even a low threshold for becoming a chief executive candidate. But we had hoped for a considerable expansion of the four sectors of the nominating committee, which would make it more representative and democratically legitimate. We could accept having just two to three formal candidates, but were hoping they would not need at least half - that is endorsement from 600 members - to qualify for the poll.

But if press reports are anything to go by, and these include Beijing mouthpiece Ta Kung Pao, all these hopes are now dashed. As for seriously reforming the legislature for its 2016 election, forget it. The harsher-than-expected framework for the chief executive election is, in a sense, worse than the current system that elected Leung Chun-ying in 2012. At least Albert Ho Chun-yan only needed the support of 150 members of the election committee to become a candidate.

I am temperamentally close to the political conservatism of the local establishment; and as a mild patriot, I want to see China succeed both domestically and on the world stage. I have no time for the noblesse oblige of the barristers of the Civic Party. The Democrat old timers are sorry shadows of their former selves. As for the flame throwers and disrupters of Legco, well, they are just beyond the pale. And more than ever, I think Occupy Central will do more harm than good to Hong Kong.

But the reform package that looks set to be handed down on Sunday is so one-sided and intransigent that even moderate pan-democrats will have every right and reason to vote against it in the legislature. That would mean going back to square one. Some people have warned that would be Armageddon for Hong Kong. Well, it may not be so bad!

If I am allowed the privilege only of voting for Moe, Larry or Curly of the Three Stooges, it would be a waste of my time to drive to the voting booth. I would rather forgo the privilege and hand it back to the "small circle" election committee.

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blue
" Perhaps your notion is correct, that it is worse than the old system, and this is Beijing's message that overzealous pressing for rapid progression to western style politics will result in precisely the opposite, the scaling back of Hong Kong's democratization."

If everyone stayed quiet and obedient like you say, then HK would definitely have no universal suffrage.
Dai Muff
If they impose this on us, there must be an option to return votes of no confidence in ANY candidate and for those votes to be counted and announced. That will then act as a referendum on the whole electoral process.
sammckhk
There's a simple action. When you vote in such an election, spoil your ballot and don't vote for one of the stooges. When the number of spoilt ballots outnumbers the 'winning' candidate we know who the peoples choice has been. Beijing hasn't realised how stupid they will look to the world when there's such an outcome.
chuchu59
'The 3 Stooges!' How appropriate
Beaker
This, Alex Lo or whatever your pinyin name is, you sycophantic toadie. Weren't you the one a few months back writing about the unrealistic ideas of "democracy" held by the protesters? What is your idea of "democracy" now, Alex? Basically, from what I read above, you are just going to go away and let whatever happens happen, not even disrupt your life to vote in a meaningless election of the pink one, the red one, and the really deep red one. How much do you benefit from being a toadie? How do you live with yourself? How will your kids, if you have any, judge you? Will they even admit to their friends that they are yours? I certainly would be embarrassed by you if I was related to you in any way. You seem to have no principals.
shouken
Alex, I hope you realize that this is Beijing's backlash to Hong Kong's intransigent and persistent contempt for China and its government. The CCP leadership clearly perceives the HK opposition as a party of ingrates and is not prepared to give another inch. Perhaps your notion is correct, that it is worse than the old system, and this is Beijing's message that overzealous pressing for rapid progression to western style politics will result in precisely the opposite, the scaling back of Hong Kong's democratization.
pliu
If the leaked proposal for 2017 Chief Executive poll is true, I also agree as a moderate and mainstream voter it would be a backward step on electoral reform in Hong Kong.
I am still against Occupy Central because I believe it will do more harm than good for Hong Kong. However, like you Alex, I would like to see a fairer CE election where moderates in the democratic camp at least stand a reasonable chance of being selected by the nominating committee.
My suggestion is for a new referendum of registered voters showing their unwillingness to participate in the proposed new 2017 CE poll. I'm sure we can gather between 1-2 million votes to show our displeasure to Beijing.
syn
The silent majority must be really upset. I can't wait to not hear their response and then complain some more about how unfair it is.
chaz_hen
I think for the good of Hong Kong, there should be a CE and a CCP Party Secretary to oversee the CE. Then everyone will be happy and HK's integration into mainland China will be that much smoother.
johnyuan
LKS and PYK were very talented and under the British government’s self-interest they became the golden boys for the rest of Hong Kong to emulate. Somewhere along further development especially towards and after the handover, locals of much lesser talented flourished occupying leaderships here and there in Hong Kong. Even garment contractors rose to run Hong Kong with plenty economic success for themselves. Hong Kong has been for too long in property. Real business skill which LKS still possess is irrevocably undeveloped. At least two generations remain to live in vain for Hong Kong until they die.

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