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I’ll walk out of ‘insincere’ Carrie Lam’s dinner in protest, says pro-democracy lawmaker

Gary Fan Kwok-wai criticises chief secretary ahead of her first business dinner on universal suffrage

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 January, 2014, 11:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 January, 2014, 4:39pm

One of the lawmakers attending the chief secretary’s first business dinner on the subject of universal suffrage has vowed to walk out in protest at her “insincerity” on the constitutional reform consultation.

Gary Fan Kwok-wai, a pro-democracy lawmaker from the NeoDemocrats, criticised Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor for “turning a blind eye” to the 62,000 people who took part in last week’s University of Hong Kong poll on the subject – with 94 per cent saying the public should be allowed to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election.

Lam, the No 2 official in the city, has invited all 70 lawmakers to her Peak residence over four evenings, starting tonight, although a few turned down the offer for different reasons.

Fan said: “I have no expectations of Lam responding to my comments positively.”

Fellow pro-democracy lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee is also on tonight’s guest list. “At this stage the real question is not about the consultation; it’s about how Lam can resolve the dilemma that there is, in effect, ‘sifting’ of candidates because ... Beijing will not allow anyone it does not trust to join the race and win the election,” said Fung.

I have no expectations of Lam responding to my comments positively
Gary Fan Kwok-wai

He planned to tackle Lam on this issue.

 Pro-government lawmaker Ng Leung-sing was due to be breaking bread at Victoria House alongside him. He was seeking reassurance that the status quo would not be abandoned.

“I’d ask Lam how to ensure a balanced participation of the functional constituency lawmakers in the nomination committee for the chief executive,” he said.

Constitutional and mainland affairs minister Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said yesterday that more dinners could be held if “the atmosphere is good”.

He added that the government had “high hopes” that the gathering would reach some consensus as the supports of two-thirds of lawmakers would be needed for the final proposal on universal suffrage to be approved.



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Decisions are made by those who show up. How will democracy ever be attained in Hong Kong if those few who actually have been elected refuse to participate in discussion?
This is a show from Gary at grabbing the headlines. Whilst I agree that Carrie may not have been totally sincere with regard to the consultation exercise it serves no purpose to be so defiant prior to the dinner. If any, it also shows insincerity on the part of the pan-dems.
hard times !
Attending an insincere so-called dinner feast concerning the consultations of the Electoral Reform (which is considered by most with sense in town to be nothing more than a public relationship show or political show) hosted by Chief Secretary, Mrs.Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor,(who is tipped to be one of the few candidates to compete for the top post in town in 2017) is just a waste of time and more serious, a betrayal of the voters in Legco election and an insult to all pro-democracy Hongkongers as well !
And what's with the caption under the photo? "Syrians walk along a severely damaged road in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor. Photo: AFP"
These Pan Democrats will just do anything they can for a free bit of publicity........they are lower than the stuff that's on the bottom of my shoes.........
Another publicity stunt by a Pan-Democrat.
"Universal suffer-age"... Is the play on word intentional ?
Mess up this infantile - but sadly successful - publicity stunt by not reporting his walk-out from the dinner. Better still, Carrie Lam, rescind his invitation.


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