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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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impala
Flip. Flop. Late. Lo.

This is on you too, Mr Lo. What did you think? That the pro-Dems position was the end-game? Is there a a crop of lettuce between your ears? The pro-Dem position, and OC with it, was and is meant as a countering force to the (ever more clearly) anti-democratic and authoritarian forces that are on the other end of the Lo Wu crossing. I mean, scale.

For months if not years you have been undermining the pro-Dem position and those brave enough to stand up for it, ridiculing Benny Tai and dining with the authoritarian kleptocrats that form our sorry excuse of a government.

When you enter a negotiation with a gorilla, you don't wear satin gloves and t-shirt that reads 'let's be reasonable, moderate and harmonious.' You bring a steel baseball bat, or worse, and you fight ferociously, hoping that perhaps you can hold some ground and reach some kind of moderate outcome in the end.

If you had paid any attention to HK-mainland relations since 1984, you would have known that Beijing is the gorilla. The only way it responds to middle-ground, moderate negotiation positions is with apathy.

HK as a whole from the start of this 2017 reform thing should have made it clear that nothing short of full universal suffrage and open elections would do. Instead, sell-outs like you and your supposed silent-majority pooha have allowed Beijing the find the little space it needed to shove its foot so deep into our *** that we'll feel it for decades to come.
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.
Asynsis
Well spotted Alex. A status quo ante coup.
One definition of conservatism is to change just enough so that nothing really changes.
Exactly what is happening in the UK right now.
So if it's good enough for the Engineers, why not us too?
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.
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.
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.
chuchu59
'The 3 Stooges!' How appropriate
pslhk
“Proposal is worse than current system”
because the city is found unprepared
for the autonomy already offered
-
Objective assessment will show
that its “strengths” are parasitic
-
This “international” financial center without any international bank
run by local management and locally headquartered
actually serves as foreign banks’ launchpad
for China ventures and for enslavement of local banking “talents”
-
The only point in the retirement speech of vc
the dominant bank’s first local chief
was an employee’s gratitude for the chance
to learn under his foreign employer
thus sharing what’s learnt
the art of a sycophant
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No wonder Willie’s remark
that banks won’t attract really bright well educated locals
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Law is an even worse joke in HK
A treasure island for foreign legion of mercenaries
and beggars of hand-me-down principles
which local copycats being politi-cultural orphans
misinterpret against their motherland
that has been nursing and supporting them for years
-
The disappointment
Boys have turned out to be sowbugs
which after the pig’s departure
and failing to evolve into benign bedbugs
have become a nuisance
-
In the 70 and 80’s Lks, Pyk, … and entrepreneurs
made HK top in world’s various industries
From the 90’s onwards, their successors are
scholarism, longhair, copycat occupiers, …
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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