January 9, 1999
Democratic Party Meets with Chief Executive; Criticizes Tung's Anti-Democracy
In a lengthy meeting with Chief Executive C.H. Tung, Democratic Party
Chairman Martin Lee and legislators Fred Li and James To criticized the
Mr. Tung's anti-democracy programme. In a meeting lasting well over one
hour, the Democrats pressed the Chief Executive specifically on his plans
to add appointed members to the District Boards.
The meeting was the second time Democrats have met with Mr. Tung since
the DP was returned to the Legislative Council in last May's elections.
Martin Lee commented:
"We told the Chief Executive that we adamantly oppose his administration's
anti-democratic programme. His plan to abolish the Municipal Councils and
dilute the District Boards with appointed members are precisely the worst
way to proceed. Under Mr. Tung, Hong Kong is going backwards, and losing
aspects of the limited democracy we already have. The contrast with other
countries in the region, like Taiwan, is striking.
Unfortunately, Mr. Tung was not the least bit swayed by our conversation
-- even though the Democratic Party, and indeed democracy, has the people's
mandate. Mr. Tung doesn't believe in democracy, and it is no surprise that
his administration is devoted to thwarting it in the local government institutions
as well as in Legco."