|Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa did his best to sugar-coat the situation|
"From 2017 onwards the people of Hong Kong will elect the chief executive by universal suffrage, fulfilling the collective aspiration of Hong Kong," he said.
"Today, on the eve of Hong Kong's crucial development in our long history, on the verge of our going for the biggest political leap, how can we possibly choose to stand still? How can we let our march towards democracy stop and stall? We cannot," he said.
"I appeal to people of all political stripes to come together and turn negative sentiments into positive energy. Hand in hand, we will build a sound electoral arrangement on the basis of the foundation laid down by the NPC," he added.