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    17 Mar 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Governance Crisis

    Issue

    • Government survey asks the public if John Tsang should resign

    News Content

    • The Central Policy Unit, the government’s advisory body, had asked the Chinese University’s Centre for Communication Research to conduct a ‘politically sensitive’ survey, in which the public is asked if Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah should resign over his unpopular budget.
    • Respondents were also asked if they think there was a governance crisis in Hong Kong. People were asked in the survey if they trust the Hong Kong SAR government and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.
    • Confederation of Trade Unions legislator Lee Cheuk-yan believed it is a poll of no-confidence. But a government official who confirmed the survey took place said it was groundless to speculate the top echelon of the government was trying to put pressure on the financial secretary, or ask him to go by commissioning this survey.
    • Although the government commissioned CU’s Centre for Communication Research to conduct the survey, the government has no intention of publishing them.

    Questions

    • The governance crisis is self-evident. It is rather strange that the survey hit the news, not because of the survey finding but the survey itself. It really means something, reflecting how weak and fragile the government is.
    • It may also reflect how political insensitive and apathy our government is. It is rather paradoxical. While disengaging the public from the mainstream politics, the government is getting insensitive to the people’s thoughts and feeling. The alienation takes both ways.