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Sunday, September 4, 2016, 13:16

Optimism as LegCo voting goes on

Optimism as LegCo voting goes on
Former HKSAR chief executive Tung Chee-hwa speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on Jan 20, 2015. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leading lights are hopeful that voters will choose a responsible Legislative Council, so that Hong Kong can start moving forward more rapidly.

The Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Tung Chee-hwa, said he had cast his ballot with a heavy heart, in view of the current political climate in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

He said Hong Kong needed a constructive and rational Legislative Council to solve the many challenges ahead, including those posed by housing, land supplies, youth mobility, and poverty alleviation.

Tung said he felt heart-broken over the non-stop filibustering and haranguing that had prevented the LegCo from responsibly discharging its duties for the past four years, sometimes at a staggering cost to the living standards of some Hong Kong citizens. He particularly rued the voting down of the electoral reform proposal, aimed at giving Hong Kong’s voters universal suffrage when they choose the chief executive in 2017.

Tung said he hoped that every voter will cast a ballot for those they trust to represent their views and who will work toward a better future for Hong Kong.

After voting this morning, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Peter Lam Kin-ngok, said he hoped the new Council will encourage civil  discussion between the opposition and pro-establishment camps to put Hong Kong on a clear course for the future.

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