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Former Xinhua official Zhang Junsheng calls Hong Kong's unofficial poll meaningless

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 June, 2014, 4:25am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 June, 2014, 5:08am

Another former mainland representative in Hong Kong has dismissed the unofficial poll on Hong Kong's electoral reform in which more than 720,000 people have cast ballots.

Zhang Junsheng, a former deputy director of Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong, called the exercise meaningless and questioned whether those who voted knew what it was about.

He also said many of the pan-democrats spearheading the exercise and the Occupy Central movement "have never done anything good for Hong Kong".

His views were rejected by an organiser of the ballot as an insult to Hongkongers.

Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar organised by pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao, Zhang said the organisers of the civil disobedience movement could not pressurise the Hong Kong and central governments no matter how many people voted in the "referendum", which he said was not legally binding.

Xinhua's Hong Kong branch was the predecessor of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong.

Zhang, who retired as its deputy director in 1998 after 13 years in Hong Kong, spoke a day after Chen Zuoer , a former deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, called the public vote unrepresentative.

On Friday the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said the unofficial plebiscite was "unlawful" and not legally binding.

Zhang, 78, said: "Is it really true that more than 700,000 people have voted in the so-called referendum? You should ask those who have cast ballots if they know what it is about."

By midnight yesterday the total had reached 728,601.

He said pan-democrats should tell the public if they had colluded with any foreign forces.

Dr Chan Kin-man, a co-organiser of the Occupy Central movement, said the fact the unofficial referendum was not legally binding did not mean the central and Hong Kong governments could ignore the voters' views.

"What Zhang said is an insult to Hong Kong people," he said.

Meanwhile, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit queried Chen's remark in an interview with the SCM P on Sunday that upholding the country's sovereignty and security took precedence over maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity.

Leong said Chen had put an "additional tag" on the central government's promise before the 1997 handover to maintain the city's stability and prosperity.


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Mainland authorities are feeling rattled by this mass movement for recognition via a vote as they are concerned this could spill over to other areas of China which is finding instability.
I think the Ukrainians have set something off, this arbitrary organization and implementation to vote is more of a threat to the Chinese Communist Party than an armed intervention!
No surprises that low ranked, nobody officials are mouthing off. The top leaders are just sitting on it and letting their minions cop the heat!
Get out commies!
Is this even news? So some old fogey with no official position is criticizing the referendum. Who cares. He's entitled to his opinion, but it carries no weight, and is also entirely predictable. That's like fashioning the fact that the sun will rise from the east tomorrow into a news story.
Like Chen Zuo'er, Mr Zhang has a mouth but he is a mere mouthpiece. He called the exercise meaningless and questioned whether those who voted knew what it was all about. Come on Zhang, do you have a conscience? Of course we knew what it was all about. We are honest and truthful about it, unlike some people in the north. We also know what the CCP is all about but we keep that to ourselves. Have you ever seen a Chinese official or former official saying something meaningful? Xu Jiatun? They have not lived in a free society like HK and to expect them to know and feel what it is like losing these freedoms is like expecting an elephant to fly. In all their lives, they only know CCP and they sing the virtues of the Party. To sing the virtues of democracy is something totally alien to our brothers from the motherland. No No No, do as you are told, don't do what you think is right. With the amount of corruption, nepotism, bribery and business-government collusion going on in the mainland, it is so ironic that we have these officials lecturing us on the virtues of cleanliness. Zhang Junsheng, Chen Zuo'er, shut up and wash your mouths.
Zhang Junsheng, a former deputy director of Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong, called the exercise meaningless and questioned whether those who voted knew what it was about.
Mr. Zhang, do you know what it was about? If not maybe read instead of just being a mouthpiece for the people who still feeds you.


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