Hong Kong Politics

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.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am 2 comments

Hong Kong political veteran Elsie Tu criticises tycoons with no conscience

Elsie Tu

The former lawmaker and urban councillor, who turns 100 on June 2, became emotional when expressing sympathy for striking dock workers and anger with a billionaire, whom she declined to name.

22 Apr 2013 - 12:48pm 22 comments

Legco head approves budget amendments made in filibustering bid

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing has - against government advice - approved more than 700 amendments tabled in the pan-democrats' filibustering bid on the budget bill.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

The ugly politics of obstructionism

The ugly politics of obstructionism

Take a survey of our political landscape and one can hear Oscar Wilde's observation that "democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people".

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 5 comments

Pan-democrats should scrap the tired tactic of filibustering

Lawwmaker Leung Kwok-hung

A political issue has, at long last, united pro-establishment lawmakers and mainstream pan-democrats in the legislature - the filibuster. Two fringe groups from pro-democracy camps have filed 751 amendments to the government's proposed budget, which will be debated in Legco next week.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 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

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Hong Kong's air pollution recorded 'very high' at all three roadside stations. Photo: Bloomberg

On roadside air pollution levels soaring to dangerous heights on Monday, and the meaning of patriotism as it relates to Hong Kong's future.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

'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

Hong Kong has no need for patriots who don't know right from wrong

Wang Guangya, Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Photo: Simon Song

On March 26, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was finally pressured to "confess" to phoning Beijing ahead of announcing the new stamp duty for non-local homebuyers. "Notifying" Wang Guangya, director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was an act of "internal diplomacy", according to Leung, and he denied seeking approval from Beijing on this matter.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

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