Editorial Genuine Reconciliation Lies in Working Together for the Common Good

2012年 4 月11日
明報專訊】WANG Guangya, Director of the Hong Kongand Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, has in the presence of news reporters called for reconciliation and unity in Hong Kong, saying that after the Chief Executive election different social sectors should put aside their differences and, look forward, lend their support to the new Chief Executive. As Wang is the central government official in charge of Hong Kong affairs, it is only natural that he would like to see social harmony in Hong Kong. However, it is not clear what he means by “a great reconciliation". If it means that Leung Chun-ying should without regard to the principles of good government make concessions to those who are against him, Hong Kong’s deep-seated conflicts will remained unsolved, and many election committee members and citizens who supported Leung will be greatly disappointed.
While Leung got elected as Chief Executive mainly because of Henry Tang Ying-yen’s serious mistakes, there was one other important reason: He treated the “small-circle" election with only 1,200 voters as a universal suffrage election and brought public opinion into play, successfully winning more public support than his rivals. He was consequently able to crown his election campaign with victory. There are many who agree with Leung’s ideals and political platform, and hope that Leung as Chief Executive can bring to Hong Kong hope and change by solving society’s deep-seated conflicts, revising Hong Kong’s land supply policy for the smooth development of the real estate market, and opening up new areas of economic growth. If Leung were to do nothing in these respects, but simply follow in the footsteps of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen’s government, Hong Kong would remain as it is today, and Leung’s supporters would be disappointed, for which Leung would have to pay politically, and Hong Kong would continue in its decline.
The “great reconciliation" envisioned by Wang may mean two things:
(1) For unity purposes, political power and benefits are so allocated as to keep the establishmentarian camp together;
(2) Government policies continue to be biased in favour of the business sector, so that Leung’s government will like its predecessor take pains to safeguard the vested interests of the rich and the privileged.
If reconciliation is to proceed along these lines, it may cost Hong Kong dearly because the public’s expectations of change are not met.
Genuine reconciliation we believe cannot be achieved unless Leung is allowed to forge a general consensus through actual work. When Leung’s administration is perceived to be unbiased, effective, and helpful to Hong Kong’s economic development to the benefit of all, we will see genuine reconciliation in Hong Kong.
While the public expect Leung to carry out reforms where necessary and lead Hong Kong forward, they also fear that Leung will push through reforms where no reforms are needed. Leung has so far not done much in safeguarding Hong Kong’s core values, which is rather worrying to the public, especially as he has been ambiguous when answering questions as to whether he will start the legislative process of implementing Basic Law Article 23 in the coming five years. On issues like this Leung must not go against public expectations, and should for instance undertake not to implement Article 23 as long as there is no universal suffrage in Hong Kong. If despite opposition he insists on legislation, there can be no reconciliation, and Hong Kong will surely suffer.
明報社評 2012.04.10﹕改革過程凝聚共識 齊心共事才是真和解
concession﹕the act of allowing something; the act of yielding and giving way
envision﹕to imagine what a situation will be like in the future, especially a situation you intend to work towards
consensus﹕an opinion that all members of a group agree with
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