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Familiar lines drawn over package

DianaLee

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reaction from lawmakers to the latest constitutional reform package was, as expected, drawn along party lines.

Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said: "We hope the constitutional development will move forward."

DAB vice chairman Ip Kwok-him denied he supports the package just because it appears to benefit the party, which has 116 district councillors, the most among parties.

The Democratic Party condemned the consultation document for failing to bring in double universal suffrage by 2012.

It expressed doubt as to whether methods for the chief executive election in 2017 would be regarded as universal suffrage by international standards and reiterated the call for a roadmap.

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Party vice chairman Emily Lau Wai- hing, however, stopped short of rejecting the proposal outright.

The party reiterated there will not be genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong if there is no roadmap.

Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said her party is disappointed, and claimed it is discriminatory for appointed district councillors to be ruled out of Legco.

Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, of Economic Synergy, said the government should add new functional constituency seats for small and medium enterprises and practitioners of traditional medicine.

"However, we understand if everybody refuses to make a compromise, society won't progress," Lam said.

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said: "The government may think it will get applause as it was. Yet time changes and the old stuff might not get support a second time."

Frederick Fung Kin-kee, of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, is the only pan- democrat so far to say there is room for discussion.

Fung said he does not find that giving Legco seats to district councillors to be an issue as indirect elections are commonplace in European parliaments. Joseph Lee Kok-long, of the health services sector, said being a moderate pan-democrat merely means "there is room for communication but not blind support."

James Sung Lap-kung, a political science professor at City University, said: "If the government is willing to show sincerity and promises to pass the views gathered on electoral methods for 2017 to Beijing for consideration, and Beijing is willing to endorse them, this will provide a graceful way for some mild pan- democrats to support it at the end."


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