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The HKSAR Government today (January 6) submitted a Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong (also referred to as the “Public Sentiment Report”) to the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council (HKMAO). The report was also made public on the same day. The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) believes that both the contents and their publication to be appropriate and timely as these would be conducive to achieving a consensus on the eve of the second round of the consultation on political reform. The BPA urges the pan-democrats not to ignore public opinion and appeals for rational and pragmatic discussion as we strive for political reform in Hong Kong.
Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, BPA Chairman, said that despite the profound social impact caused by two-month long Occupy Movement, the Public Sentiment Report had managed to present an impartial and comprehensive account of the sentiment and opinions held by all sides.
The second round of the political reform consultation will start tomorrow. Mr Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, BPA Vice Chairman, hoped all parties would give proper consideration to public opinion and that there would be due respect for different perspectives so that society could get on with healing itself. He added that focus should be on the legislative details rather than petty haggling so that Hong Kong’s 5 million voters could choose the next Chief Executive in 2017 through one person, one vote.