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Li Pang Kwong: Hong Kong has abilties and conditions to practise autonomy

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HONG KONG | By Jack Hui Chun Kit

Published 10 Oct 2012

The cause of social discontent with the current SAR government lay in the fact that, unlike the colonial government, the Hong Kong administration after the 1997 handover has largely ignored the importance of the training and cultivating political talents which resulted in the shortage of political leaders with vision, said Li Pang-kwong, the director of the Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University.

Dr. Li attended a local university assembly yesterday. He pointed out the British Hong Kong government had not trained the political professionals for the HKSAR. It created a misfortune for the Hong Kong Politic after the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong. It is because the Hong Kong people are deficient in autonomy experience and related investment.

He mentioned the chief executive of the HKSAR is not promoted from the civil servant system; the top governance team composes of professionals in different area, like business and management professionals, but not political one. Therefore, the HKSAR can make a good financial balance but without political consideration.

He said the Hong Kong Housing Authority (H.A.) sold its malls and car parks to the Link REIT is an example, showing the political short-sight of the HKSAR. As they just doing right business, solved the shortage of working capital of H.A. However, the government lost the tool for adjusting social contradiction in the economic down time, as the government could not help the poor by suspending the rent from them.

The public governance expert said Hong Kong governance system, starting from the British Hong Kong, has a little effort on policy research and political talent practicing. He quoted from the declassified document, British government spent nearly twenty millions for colonial policy researching and officer training in the 50s. At that time, 18 thousands could buy any building in Hong Kong. Nowadays, there is just some small think tank (public research institution) in Hong Kong. It falls short of the need of governance.

Li found that there are little pathways to get in the Hong Kong politics. They may step in through election with a high risk, which stop people participating. Once they got lost, they had to find other part-time job immediately. He suggested the government can develop policy research organization, offer political interns to encourage people to practice.

He believed that Hong Kong people has the ability and conditions to practice autonomy. He said we should work hard and put efforts on local politics. He encouraged all of us by saying that “My hair goes white, my passion is still there”.

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