We Can’t Call a Deer a Horse

Fung Wai-wah
HKPTU President

On 2 June, the Hong Kong Government gave notice to the Legislative Council (LegCo) of intention to move the motion at the LegCo meeting on June 17, 2015 concerning the amendment to the method for the selection of the Chief Executive. The motion is the same as the draft motion as set out in the Consultation Report and Proposals on the Method for Selecting the Chief Executive by Universal Suffrage published by the Government on April 22, 2015.

About the voting on this constitutional reform package, we collected members’ different views on this proposal. After serious consideration and discussion, HKPTU Council decided that Ip Kin-yuen, our representative of the LegCo, will vote “no” to the proposal.

We Want True Universal Suffrage!

Since last year, HKPTU has been conducting a rolling survey on 2017 Chief Executive Election Proposal. Our members mainly expressed that they want a true universal suffrage in which there is no political screening of the candidates of Chief Executive. They also object the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s (NPCSC) decision made on August 31, 2014. We conducted a survey of random sampling again from 25 May to 4 June to collect our members?view and finally 995 cases have been completed. The survey reveals that more than two-thirds of our members agree that the Chief Executive Election in 2017 should comply with the international standard of universal suffrage, which means no political limitation on the candidates?nomination as well as a universal and fair voting right enjoyed by the people. At the same time, more than 60% of the members are unhappy about the decision of the NPCSC. The results have clearly demonstrated the disagreement of our members on the NPCSC decision. Therefore, we can only vote “no” to the constitutional reform package proposed by the Government under the framework of NPCSC‘s decision, which is not aligned with the international standard of the universal suffrage.

Seize the Opportunity to Express Our Voice

On 31 May, the Government invited all LegCo members to meet Wang Guangya (Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office), Li Fei (Chairman of Basic Law Committee) and Zhang Xiaoming (Director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong) in Shenzhen and talk on the constitutional reform package. During the meeting, Ip reminded that when he met Zhang in May of last year, Zhang said that the constitutional reform package should be endorsed by both the Central Government and Hong Kong people. However, the current proposal, which is drafted on the basis of the decision of the NPCSC is now not endorsed by Hong Kong people. With reference to the results of other surveys on the reform package, 40% of the people are very determined about vetoing the package, while around 50% agree to pass this time around, but it does not mean that this 50% of people are very happy about the reform package either. They accept it only because of no alternative at the moment. This proposal failed to get enough support from the people.

We need to tell the officials: Professional teachers cannot confuse right and wrong

With reference to the Code for the Education Profession of Hong Kong, a member of the profession shall do his/her best to nurture in students the concepts of freedom, peace, equality, rationality and democracy. We should teach our students to be honest and how to discern right from wrong, fake democracy from true democracy, fake competition from real competition. We cannot call a deer a horse. We are responsible to tell the Government officials and Beijing officials that our Education sector can hardly accept the proposal of fake democracy.
At this critical moment of Hong Kong constitutional development, opinions are so divided that our community is about to be torn apart. Definitely our members also have so very different views that made it very difficult for us to make every decision. We just hope that on our road towards democracy, all our members will unite together, stand firm and act with courage and determination.