Many things the Hong Kong govt does confirms the poor quality of the leadership - one example is giving out welfare to the poor and needy. Our Singapore govt has proven that what is needed is workfare which costs very little money. The rest of the money can be given out as scholarship to promising foreign students to study in Singapore, spent on GLCs such as Chartered Semiconductor. Of course over the next 5 years Singapore is spending billions to try to produce a Nobel prize winner - through A* which is run by Philip Yeo.
The whole Hong Kong society is a mess. Every week end instead of shopping, the many citizens spend their time protesting. The picture on the left shows a couple supermans protesting for minimum wages and better working hours. In Singapore, our system is superior, our workers can be offered any pay even $800 per month to drive taxi, they are also agreeable - 200 people signed up for that.
Now Donald Tsang is really asking for more trouble. He is saying he wants the society to be even more Democratic - he is not afraid of fair elections. He wants universal suffrage for the people of Hong Kong and more open debates on govt policy and issues. Instead of introducing smart laws such as Film Act, Anti-Sedition Laws, Printing Presses Act, Internal Security Act and GRCs, he is going to adopt a Western style Democracy. Didn't he read what Singapore's PM Lee said about Singapore not having Western Democracy? What is important is harmony and peace among the people, and that is already lacking in Hong Kong society today - where people passionately protest every weekend for justice and equality. Hong Kong really has alot to learn from Singapore. I notice they allow their opposition like Martin Lee to appear on CNBC and criticise the Hong Kong leaders - don't they have defamation laws to bankrupt these people who embarass the Hong Kong govt?! Their newspapers are allowed to confuse the people on various issues by giving opposing views. That will agitate the people and make them unhappy.....
The Hong Kong govt has alot to learn from the PAP. Their political system is a mess and backward compare with Singapore's. If they keep heading in the wrong direction, how can they ever hope to catch up and compete with Singapore?!
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang said on Thursday he wants the territory to have full democracy as fast as possible, and urged swift and orderly debate on the shape its legislature should take under universal suffrage.
Tsang, who took over with Beijing's support after the unpopular Tung Chee-hwa resigned in March, said he had no clear signals from Communist Party leaders on the mainland -- his ultimate masters -- about when full democracy could be achieved.
"I, for one, would wish to go towards the destination (universal suffrage) as quickly as possible," he told reporters a day after his maiden policy address.
"Their position has not changed," he said of the state leaders in Beijing. "I have not got a clear signal."
Hong Kong, once a crown jewel of the British colonial empire, has been governed by China since July 1, 1997, under a "one country, two systems" formula that, on paper, gives the territory a high degree of autonomy from Beijing.
Like Tung, Tsang was not popularly elected but selected by a Beijing-backed electoral college of 800 people, and only half of the Legislative Council, or Legco, is directly elected. The system was flawed, but transitional, Tsang said.
Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the ultimate goal for the territory is universal suffrage, but the pace of political reform is decided by the Communist Party.
Last year, China's parliament ruled out universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008, when the city's next Chief Executive and lawmakers will be chosen.
"We must realise that we are not a sovereign state, and we must move things in a way in which the nation as a whole and the people in Hong Kong are in unison," Tsang said.