Democracy in Hong Kong

Pace of democratic reform the key to its success

Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, chairwoman of Civic Party. Photo: Sam Tsang

Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee took the opportunity of a Valentine's Day radio show to send out a message both bold and affectionate to other members of the pan-democratic camp. Under her leadership, the party is not going to wait for the government's proposals on democratic reform to be published: rather, it is going to get to work right away, together with other like-minded political parties, to spell out their own set of proposals for how to achieve universal suffrage.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 11:41am

Hong Kong should set rules of public engagement

Leung Chun-ying's policy address should have set moves to develop opportunities for greater public engagement in policymaking. Photo: Dickson Lee

For an observer with a strong interest in the future of Hong Kong's democratic reform, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address was interesting. He presented his vision and aims but the missing link was a commitment to develop opportunities for greater public engagement in policymaking.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Fairy-tale world of pan-democrats

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets calling for new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

When our children are young, we allow them to believe in a whole range of harmless myths. Probably the most popular is Father Christmas, who brings presents for youngsters, provided they have behaved themselves during the year.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:43am 5 comments

Democrats should put its political reform road map on the table

Lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing. Photo: David Wong

No one should envy Emily Lau Wai-hing for the burden she has taken on by becoming chairwoman of the Democratic Party. But amid the difficulties, there lurks an opportunity for her to strike a bold blow for the advancement of democracy in our city.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:48am

Time for constructive politics to achieve universal suffrage

Politics is about power and policy. Even with the best policy ideas, it's academic in every sense of the word if you don't have the power to put them into practice. This is why all politicians must seek power. The means and methods - whether violent or peaceful, foul or fair - depend greatly on the nature of the systems. And once in power, leaders must also seek to keep it.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 1 comment

Beijing must provide evidence to support political warning

Around 50,000 protesters gather outside Legco Building for disapproval of an anti-subversion bill (Article 23) in 2003.  Photo: Ricky Chung

Tension is rising after Beijing apparently stepped up its rhetoric on how Hong Kong should be governed. After a war of words over an alleged pro-independence force in the city, a top mainland official sparked more controversy by accusing external forces of interfering with local elections.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

US consulate's mock election sees good turnout

Students arrive at the embassy in Admiralty. Photo: Sam Tsang

"Ready for your big speech?" Simon Li yelled over the din of the crowd at the American consulate in Hong Kong.

His students, from Yew Chung Community College, were taking turns at the podium, raising their arms in imitation of US politicians on the campaign trail. They were among about 160 university and secondary-school students attending the consulate's election-watch party.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:15am

Pan-democrats need a history lesson

The Democratic Party is condemned as the betrayer to Hong Kong by supporting the passage of the government's 2010 electoral reform package.

The more radical pan-democrats and their supporters have been busy rewriting recent history. It started well before the Legislative Council election earlier this month, but became more brazen as the Democratic Party did much worse than expected in the poll.

26 Sep 2012 - 2:19am 13 comments

Letters to the Editor, September 22, 2012

Difficult times for the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: AFP

HK people will resist erosion of their rights

During her tearful interview on Cable TV on September 7, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor seemed perplexed by the attitude of the Hong Kong people towards the government and its officials.

The explanation is fairly straightforward.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:18am

C.Y. Leung must serve two masters

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

People believe what they want to believe. In the face of evidence to the contrary, they usually harden their stance.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:40am 1 comment