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The city needs political talents

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Ruby To

HONG KONG| TUE Oct 16,2012 23:51 (UTC)

The lack of political talent in the Hong Kong government means there is inefficiency, and this must be improved by cultivating talents with systematic education, said Li Pang Kwong, director of Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University.


Li pointed out that the city lacks political talent, which leads to wrong decisions, such as the trade of The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (The Link REIT) - selling all of the commercial properties of the public housing estate to The Link REIT, in order to cut the cost of managing these properties.


"Our government makes decision with a financial mindset, and they don’t realize the consequences. They only understood that the government needs money, so they sell it. They never predict the price level will be highly raised by running of The Link REIT,” said Li.


Li added that the basic problem is Hong Kong does not have an appropriate system to cultivate political talents working for the government, of which the mindsets of the officials are not well-rounded. This situation can be changed by building an institution of administration, he said.


“Establishing institution of administration for the civil servants, setting up regular training courses for the college students, both provide opportunities for Hong Kong fostering political talents,” Li noted.


Li explained that the a background in politics can be applied widely, not only participating in elections, but also taking part in the image building of the candidates. He gave Monica Samille Lewinsky as an example.


“Forget about her scandal. Lewinsky was the trainee of the White House. The government allowing talents working in different positions of the government can reinforce the political sense of the citizen and learn more about the government.”


He believed that the poor efficiency of our government was not the problem of the CE, after all the CE is not working by himself, but with the whole team and think tanks.
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