Saturday, August 30, 2014   

Think tank warns of prolonged turmoil
(07-07 13:26)

The Vice-President of a high-level Beijing think tank on Hong Kong expects political turmoil here to continue for some time because of the increasing polarization in society.
Professor Lau Siu-kai said this would make governing Hong Kong increasingly difficult, affecting its development in the next few years. But the former head of the Hong Kong government's Central Policy Unit said he does not believe it will lead to a complete breakdown in governance, RTHK reports.
Lau, who is now the Vice-President of the National Association of Study on Hong Kong and Macau, said there would be more conflict between Hong Kong's executive and legislature.
"It'll be difficult for government to put forward major policy changes".
"But I don't mean that Hong Kong will be immersed in serious conflict", he told RTHK, or even that it would "create a situation of ungovernability".
Lau also poured cold water on a plan to trigger a so-called referendum on democracy by the League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung.
Leung has called on pan-democrat legislators to resign en masse in order to trigger by-elections that he said would serve as a referendum on genuine democratic reform.
But Lau said such a move would not change the political situation in Hong Kong. --RTHK   
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