Following the “Rally to Unite Businesses and Professionals to Stand Up for Hong Kong” on August 13, the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) today (September 17) hosted a dinner banquet for leaders from the business sector, professional sectors and community organizations. We were also honoured by the presence of Ms Yin Xiaojing, Deputy Director of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR (LOCPG) and Mr Shen Chong, Director General of the Coordination Department of LOCPG during the evening.
Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, BPA Chairman, said the Rally on August 13 clearly demonstrated our pledge to “safeguard Hong Kong’s economy, protect livelihoods, elect the next Chief Executive (CE) through popular vote and say “No” to Occupy Central.” The BPA is committed to facilitating rational discussion and achieving consensus among different parties on electing the CE in 2017 by five million voters, which is in accordance with the legal framework of the Basic Law and the decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC). He added that the BPA hopes to bring back “blue sky and white clouds” to Hong Kong’s political atmosphere through mutual respect and cooperation.
Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok, BPA Council Chairman, thanked the guests for their support and urged everyone to voice their support for constitutional reform for the sake of Hong Kong’s future generations. “Hong Kong will fall behind if it fails to move forward,” he said.
Mr Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, BPA Vice Chairman, said the decisions made by the NPCSC were in the longer term interests of national sovereignty and security and pointed out that the decisions conformed to the principles under “One Country, Two Systems”, namely gradual and orderly progress, as well as balanced participation. He added that people in Hong Kong wanted to elect their next CE by universal suffrage in 2017 but the pan-democrats had ignored the public’s aspirations by threatening to vote against the proposal for political reform. “For the future of Hong Kong and the next generation, let’s continue to work closely together,” he said.
Dr. Lo Wai-kwok, BPA Vice Chairman, referred tongue in cheek to the Public Works Subcommittee of Legislative Council, which he chairs, as a filibustering disaster area. He hoped the public would voice their opinions in future and to cooperate on matters affecting the economy, livelihoods, and constitutional reform.
Speeches made by Ms Yin and BPA’s representatives were warmly received with hearty support and applause. The BPA will continue to take on the role of uniting business and professionals sectors, making further contributions and assuming greater responsibilities in the development of Hong Kong.