Wednesday, 22 April 2015

As Expected

Rimsky Yuen, Carrie Lam and Raymond Tam holding copies of the reform
Today was the deadline for the Hong Kong was to present electoral reforms for the next chief executive elections in 2017. And as expected, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor explained that those interested in becoming the city's next leader would have to garner at least 120 votes of support from the 1,200 member voting committee, who are picked by Beijing.

That means between five to 10 candidates can be chosen. But the final two to three candidates would need support from at least half of the nominating committee before they could be on the ballot that over 5 million Hong Kong people could choose.

Pan-democrats made a strong fashion statement of protest
The fixed race is definitely on and the pan-democrats, also as anticipated, were not pleased.

They wore black with yellow "x"s across their chest vowing to veto this electoral reform package and walked out of the legislative chamber in protest, as they believe it does not go far enough in terms of offering true universal suffrage.

However Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying warned that this was the best possible chance for Hong Kong to have universal suffrage under Beijing.

"As of now, we see now room for any compromise," Leung told the media. "To initiate any political reform process is not easy. If this proposal is vetoed, it could be several years before the next opportunity."

There are some who believe Hong Kong should take this package now, because the privilege may be taken away forever if we don't accept it, whereas others think this doesn't go far enough and we should fight for more.

Student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung threatened occupation of the streets again if the package is passed through Legco.

Did Lam purposely choose to wear this colour suit today?
We're back in the same stand-off position we were in during the Umbrella Movement -- nothing has changed. Did the protesters stay out on the streets for 79 days for nothing? Did the Hong Kong government not listen to the people?

It's interesting Lam chose a cream-coloured suit with a string of pearls to make her announcement today. Was this her fashion sign that she is innocent, and that she should not be condemned?

We also note Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung's stylistic choice of wearing a suit vest as part of his outfit. Does he think his sartorial style will conquer the rag-tag pan-democrats who range from the disheveled Leung Kwok-hung to sharp suited Alan Leong Kah-kit?

Seems like today's announcement was more style over substance...

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