May 3, 1999
Democrats Urge Chief Executive to Consult Democratically-Elected
Re: Right of Abode
The Democratic Party today asked the Tung Administration not to act
on growing concern about the right of abode issue until after the Chief
Executive has met with Hong Kong's democratically-elected representatives.
Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee made the request after Mr. Tung's
office declined to schedule a meeting with the Democrats this week, citing
a busy schedule and an overseas trip from May 8-16.
The text of Mr. Lee's letter follows.
May 3, 1999
Dear Mr. Chief Executive:
I am in receipt of your Private Secretary's letter declining a meeting
with the Democratic Party on the right of abode issue until after May 16.
This is very disappointing in view of the importance of the issue and its
urgency which the government has in no small part created itself with the
release of the survey figures last week.
I respectfully request that the Executive Council take no decision on
this matter until you have had time to meet personally with the Hong Kong
people's democratically elected representatives. My colleagues and I will
appreciate an appointment with as soon as possible after your return from
your May 8-16 trip. In the meantimes, we wish a briefing from the Secretary