Leung Chun-ying

What use is a government under fire?

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 December, 2012, 1:33am


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In his letter ("We should focus on real problems rather than illegal structures", December 12) Charlie Chan hit the nail on the head by calling the row over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures a storm in a teacup. However, political storms are looming large on the horizon, threatening the peace of our community.

The political stunts by the pan-democrats are pushing Hong Kong towards a political cliff. They used the filibuster tactic to block a government restructuring proposal designed to improve administrative efficiency.

They protested against the proposed national education curriculum aimed at inculcating better knowledge in our youth about their mother country.

They campaigned against official new town development plans in the northern New Territories, which could help resolve urgent housing needs.

They ran through all the legislative procedures, trying to throw out a bill giving financial aid to thousands of elderly people in dire need.

Following a vote of no confidence in the chief executive, which was defeated, there are now efforts to impeach him.

The pan-democrats are leaving no stone unturned to realise one single political goal - obstructing all government policies at all costs.

This sinister move has spread like a virus to other sectors of the community including telecommunication companies, disgruntled public housing applicants and supporters of the minimum wage. All of them have an axe to grind in opposing the government. The result is a paralysed administration facing bombardment from all sides.

Why should the new administration be constantly harassed by petty accusations and fault-finding attacks? What good do these senseless acts bring to society, except present a negative image of real democracy?

There is a Chinese saying that "things turn around when they become extreme". Legco should work out procedures to plug legislative loopholes in order to allow the council to function smoothly.

Since the pan-democrats rest their power on popular mandate, it is high time for all the stakeholders in the community - professionals, businesses, the labour sector, academics and non-governmental organisations - to come forward and take the rebels to task.

Let the Hong Kong people vote on the current political chaos, and help the new administration carry out its service to the people in the interest of a peaceful and progressive SAR.

Patsy Leung, Mid-Levels