Democracy in Hong Kong

Pan-democrats to roll out 2017 suffrage plan six months early

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek. Photo: May Tse

The plan is expected to touch on the size and composition of the future nominating committee for chief executive candidates, and the interpretation of the "democratic procedures" prescribed in the Basic Law.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 5:09am 4 comments

Hong Kong full of 'political rogues', says activist Chan Ching-sum

Hong Kong full of 'political rogues', says activist Chan Ching-sum

Chan Ching-sum is renowned for her glowering facial expressions whenever she and her comrades bombard the pan-democrats they describe as "Hong Kong-harming". But off the stage, the novice political activist is surprisingly cheerful.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:27pm 9 comments

'Occupy' movement brings in more support

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Some 500 supporters of the Occupy Central plan that demands genuine universal suffrage will rally on June 9 to discuss possible problems the movement may face, its founder said yesterday.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am 4 comments

De Tocqueville's study of democracy has lessons for Hong Kong

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.

Mainland officials, according to a recent report, have been instructed to study Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the French Revolution. Hong Kong people might want to turn to his other great work, Democracy in America.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:31am 4 comments

Democratic candidates must have a place in 2017 contest

Martin Lee Chu-ming

Senior Chinese legislator Qiao Xiaoyang dropped a bomb last month when he presented his views on how the 2017 chief executive election should be held.

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 4 comments

The fight for universal suffrage in 2017

The fight for universal suffrage in 2017

Earlier this month, the founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee Chu-ming, stunned the community by proposing a mechanism for screening candidates of the chief executive election in 2017. He suggested at least five candidates be allowed to stand in the election which will be by universal suffrage, hoping this would ensure a member from the pro-democracy camp can compete.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Pan-democrats must learn from Lee's misguided 2017 proposal

Martin Lee Chu-ming. Photo: Paul Yeung

Martin Lee Chu-ming, the much-revered "father of democracy" in Hong Kong, was wrong in thinking his words could always command respect. Last week, he claimed that he had lowered his guard due to "psychological fatigue" and missing an afternoon nap, and ended up compromising his vision for universal suffrage for the chief executive election.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 3 comments

Basic Law key to 2017 election

Occupy Central is a controversial plan to fight for universal suffrage in 2017 chief executive election. Photo: Felix Wong

I have been thinking for some time about how the Hong Kong chief executive should be elected by universal suffrage in 2017.

After many years under the Basic Law and "one country, two systems", it is about time Hong Kong was able to elect its chief executive by direct election.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am 1 comment

'Occupy Central' threat is no way to begin talks on 2017 reform

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Despite Beijing's commitment to universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017, pan-democrats have threatened a campaign to "occupy Central", with plans to block traffic in the district next year.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 9 comments

Focus on the 2017 nomination committee, academic Benny Tai says

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind a plan to block traffic in Central in the fight for democracy is seeking to move the debate on universal suffrage beyond the issue of screening candidates.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 14 comments

Hong Kong must stick with the Basic Law

Rev Chu Yiu-ming, one of the organisers of Occupy Central. Photo: Sam Tsang

Almost 30 years after the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong, and more than 15 years after the implementation of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's development appears to have reached a crossroads. As 2017, the promised date for electing Hong Kong's chief executive by universal suffrage, draws near, calls to "occupy Central" as a means of putting pressure on Beijing to embrace a democratic selection method threaten to derail the implementation of the Basic Law.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 24 comments

Martin Lee falls foul of the pan-democrat ideologues

Martin Lee Chu-ming.

So, it has come down to this. Even the godfather of Hong Kong's democracy movement has to bow to the most ideologically rigid, uncompromising and extreme of the pan-democrats.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 10 comments

Time to listen to voices of reason in chief executive election

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang. Photo: Dickson Lee

Voices of reason are necessary. Such people may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they can guide the discussion. That is what democracy advocate and former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, Beijing loyalist and one-time justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming have attempted in recent days. They have presented views and arguments that, although personal, lay a foundation for a more constructive discussion.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 1 comment

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

Sir Percy Cradock, former Foreign Affairs Advisor to the British Prime Minister. Photo: SCMP

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 5 comments

Qiao Xiaoyang's topsy-turvy understanding of democracy

Qiao Xiaoyang.

Many people will agree with Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, when he says Hong Kong's chief executive must be someone who "loves the country and loves Hong Kong", and not be confrontational towards Beijing. But the means he proposes for ensuring that only such people will be elected are profoundly undemocratic.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments