The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, in affirming that he and Beijing object to universal suffrage to the whole electorate of Hong Kong, has revealed that working class people should not have an equal decision in governance and especially those who make around $1,800 a month. Leung's confession underscores the elitist doctrine Beijing would like to see continued in the former British colony instead of democratic reforms.
As the Hong Kong government host talks with democracy activists and students in a bid to solve the impasse that has kept Hong Kongers in the streets in demonstrations for universal suffrage in the 2017 election for chief executive, the city's top politician - a Beijing loyalists, has confessed that it would be bad to extend political power to people earning less than $1,800 a month. He argues that if such a feat was accomplished the city would end up with bad populist politics and policies driven by low wage earners.
Leung said, as reported by the BBC and Reuters: "If it's entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month," and "then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies." The Beijing loyalist said dangers existed from populism.
The lame excuse by the communist sympathizer in support of Beijing's denial of universal suffrage to Hong Kong must be rejected. His elitist reasoning of seeking to suppress the working class by limiting their participation in the election process is a remedy boiling with social unrest and strife. There is no danger in populism, the danger lives and flourishes in the denial of rights to the people.
So whether or not democracy protests are removed from the streets of Hong Kong tomorrow, I opine that based upon the attitudes of China and the chief executive, the aspirations of the electorate will never die until they have achieved the vote - a vote for each Hong Konger under universal suffrage to plot their own destiny.
[This Blog has been repeated on Asia Today]