Conscientious people to give platform dialogue a nudge in right direction

Top News | Phoenix Un 22 Aug 2019

Cardinal John Tong Hon and two university heads have been invited to a meeting on Saturday to help build Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's "platform for dialogue."

Lam also invited former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and former secretary for transport and housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.

Lam announced starting the dialogue platform on Tuesday to help resolve the 11-week unrest stemming from the fugitive bill, saying she would first contact "conscientious people."

And these conscientious people - political, religious, professional, business and university heavyweights - have been invited to the preparatory meeting at Government House on Saturday morning.

Lam will host the meeting to discuss how the platform should operate and with whom.

Also invited were Baptist University president Roland Chin Tai-hong, Education University president Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, and former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

University of Hong Kong microbiology professor Yuen Kwok-yung and May Chan Suk-mei, a special adviser to the Commercial Radio chairman, have also been invited by Lam.

Yuen said Hongkongers were most angry over the Yuen Long mob attack on July 21 and the "eyeball" injury of the female protester on August 11.

"I believe [the platform] is not to look for anybody to punish by finding out the facts, though we must know what had really happened," Yuen said.

Anthony Cheung said a dialogue is always good as the heated-up political situation should be cooled down. "I believe there should be an independent inquiry investigation, which may enhance reconciliation and cooling down, and both [the dialogue platform and the independent inquiry] can be done simultaneously," he said.

There could be a second preparatory meeting to invite other "conscientious people" to give opinions about the platform.

Lam's platform will be formally established soon after preparatory work to allow dialogue with people of different political positions.

Meanwhile, former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday posted a video on his Facebook page saying he hopes everybody will forgive and reconcile.

"An eye for an eye will turn everybody blind," said Tsang, Lam's rival in the chief executive selection.

"Can we allow colors other than black and white in Hong Kong?" Tsang asked.

"I believe we can because this is Hong Kong and we are Hongkongers."

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