China Daily (Hong Kong)

What They Say


The newly constitute­d Election Committee fully reflects the principle of broader representa­tion, which will better take into account the city’s overall interests and contribute to the future political and economic developmen­t of Hong Kong. I believe the elected members will stay true to the original aspiration of “patriots administer­ing Hong Kong”, and actively develop the city’s economy and people’s livelihood­s.

Tung Chee-hwa,

vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultati­ve Conference, and the first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region

The improved electoral system has brought changes not only to the way elections are held, but also the way elected members discharge their duties. For the past few weeks, many members, including some automatica­lly elected, have made an effort to go into the community and meet with the grassroots. This is how candidates for the city’s chief executive and lawmakers should also act — bearing in mind the interests of the public.

That shows real and genuine democracy — serving and making sacrifices for the interests of the public — and that spirit is sure to be highlighte­d in the next two elections.

Leung Chun-ying, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, and former chief executive of the HKSAR

Sunday’s elections will help the

SAR government achieve good governance and improve economic developmen­t and people’s livelihood­s as social developmen­t is back on the right track under the improved electoral system. What has been removed from the Election Committee is not democratic elements, but opportunis­ts and saboteurs who fail completely to meet the requiremen­t of “a sincere patriot”. The new committee surpasses the old one in terms of broad representa­tion and balanced participat­ion.

Andy Tsang Wai-hung, deputy director of the National Narcotics Control Commission of the Ministry of Public Security of China, and former commission­er of the Hong Kong Police Force

With the new Election Committee and the improved election system,

Hong Kong’s competitiv­eness will be further strengthen­ed. We can stretch beyond our comfort zone, and tap into abundant opportunit­ies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. We will also be placed in a better position to reach goals set out in the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) to share in the nation’s success, and build a fairer and more-inclusive society. Nicholas Chan Hiu-fung, chairman of eBRAM Internatio­nal Online Dispute Resolution Centre Ltd

The Election Committee elections on Sunday were a very important time for Hong Kong because it will be the first time that everyone on the committee is a patriot. This is a time that the committee and the Legislativ­e Council can work together; everyone can pull together to get Hong Kong moving ahead. This new Election Committee will be the basis for a great, bright future for Hong Kong. Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group

The new Election Committee rules give less weight to the Hong Kong tycoons and take Hong Kong out of the status quo. It is time for Hong Kong to move on after the US-backed and sponsored 2019 “color revolution” attempt. It was a setback that is now creating opportunit­ies for a better future for the people of Hong Kong and Hong Kong’s integratio­n into the Greater Bay Area. Finally, Hong Kong should be able to fully have “one country” and “two systems”.

Angelo Giuliano, a Swiss financial consultant in Hong Kong

The improved electoral system, which is applied to the city’s three important elections — the Election Committee Subsectors Ordinary Elections, the Legislativ­e Council election and the chief executive election — will assist Hong Kong to steer away from pan-politiciza­tion.

The improved electoral system allows a broader representa­tion in the Election Committee, including voices from the grassroots, which will serve Hong Kong’s future well.

Nury Vittachi,

Hong Kong-based journalist and author

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