HK democrats urged to partake in reform
Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa Saturday urged democrats to accept the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision on the 2007 and 2008 election arrangements.
While meeting with members from different political groups, Tung said democrats should partake actively in the consultation on Hong Kong's political reform.
The community should deal with the 2007 and 2008 elections first so as to build a solid foundation to move toward the ultimate goal of universal suffrage, he added.
Tung reiterated that freedom of speech is a core value treasured by the community, and that the government will strive to safeguard such freedom.
He pointed out that the government continues to improve education, so as to keep pace with developments in the knowledge- based economy. In the short to medium term, more suitable jobs will be created for low-skilled workers by initiatives such as promoting the Individual Visit Scheme.