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Friday, April 14, 2017, 00:43

Golden opportunity for govt, opposition to mend rifts

By Joseph Li

HONG KONG - In her election manifesto, Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor pledged to mend the rifts in society and improve ties with the opposition camp.

She also promised to use political talents from across the political spectrum to work for the government.

Now she is elected, Professor Lau Siu-kai said it is time the opposition came back to their senses and stopped fighting the government. By so doing, they don’t have to agree with the government on every issue but exist as a “loyal opposition” which is constructive and rational.

Lau said most Hong Kong people were tired of the confrontations of the past five years. If residents are pleased with the work of the new government, it will give the opposition camp a perfect stepping stone to improve relations with the government.

“The ‘pan-democrats’ are standing at the crossroads. They desperately want to change and improve their relations with the central government,” said the academic. He added that if Lam has a high popularity rating, there would be no point in the opposition fighting her.

Lau noted that the “pan-democrats”, who had a reasonable working relationship with her, want to make amends.

“Public opinion may not favor them if they continue to treat her as enemy. Recently she has invited opposition lawmakers to meetings and their responses are not that negative,” he observed.

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