Support Leung's governancewith pragmatism (Part 1)

2013-01-25 04:25  来源:大公报


    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday delivered his maiden Policy Address, which is entitled Seek Change, Maintain Stability, Serve the People with Pragmatism.

    This is a good Policy Address with significant breakthroughs.The unique features of Leung's personal capability, ambition and style, such as being brave in action , hard-working, pragmatic and adherent to ideals, are fully embodied in this address.This is a very "Leung-style" Policy Address.Surely, not only the major points of view and the train of thought were from Leung himself, but even muchof the writing and wording must also have been done and chosen by him personally.This shows what importance he has attached to this maiden Policy Address of his in breaking new ground .

    Leung could have had other alternatives in working out his maiden Policy Address.For example, he could have freely given full play to his strong point with his authoritative knowledge of the "one country two systems" principle, the Basic Law and the national circumstance, or to his " forte " of integrating Hong Kong economy with the Mainland.But Leung did not do so.Instead, he has chosen the very practical and very challenging and difficult issue of "housing and land supply" as the leading theme and offered down-to-earth short- middle- and long-term solutions.This could never have been done without deep knowledge and understanding of the issue, without the eagerness to address people's pressing needs, without determination and courage to solve the deep-rooted contradictions in Hong Kong society, or - in short - if Leung were not a Chief Executive with a strong loving heart, sense of responsibility and conscience.

    Leung's exposition of the housing problem in his Policy Address is quite touching.He mentioned that he had visited a mother and her daughter living in a "sub-divided flat", met a young person who slept in a box suspended from the ceiling in a flat, and also been told that the space of a storey in some factory buildings with high ceilings had been converted into three-tier wooden domestic cubicles.These "living places" were with poor ventilation, poor water supply and inadequate sewage facilities, and in some cases, with no natural light."Their plight has cast a dark shadow on our thriving city."

    Leung also hit the nail on the head of the problem with such remarks: "In the 1970s and 1980s, hillside squatter huts and rooftop structures posed health and natural hazards. Today, cage homes, cubicle apartments and sub-divided units also pose serious fire and health risks. In the old days, our housing problem was out there to be seen. Nowadays, it is hidden indoors but no less serious."

    Likewise, on the problem of land supply, Leung's understanding and view are also very penetrating and profound.He pointed out that land shortage had smothered many opportunities for people to start and expand their businesses; high housing prices and rents also affect young couple's plans to marry and start a family. "We need land for housing development; we also need land for elderly homes, students' hostels and venues for hosting sports, religious, arts and cultural events." Land shortage has seriously stifled our social and economic development .

    It was on the basis of field studies and seeking-truth-from-facts analyses that the Policy Address proposes to increase land supply by developing more land and changing the uses of developed land, and set the target to build 75,000 public housing units in five years' time.These goals are not just figures but feasible plans with timetables, specific sites and steps to implement.They are thus can be achieved.From these goals, it can be seen that Leung and his team have broken down many outdated conventions and ideas to adopt a multi-pronged approach, including changing the use of 20 to 30 Government, Institution or Community (GIC) and Green Belt sites for public housing.This has rarely been done in the past, because changing the use of a land site would require a lot of explanation and often would arouse harsh criticisms.This proves that "with effort one can achieve anything".As long as it has the heart to alleviate the hardship of people's livelihood and serve the people with pragmatism, a government should never be afraid of troubles and criticisms. (to be continued)

     17 January 2013

责任编辑: 大公网
大公资讯 中国 军事 言论 图片 财经 产经 金融 汽车 娱乐 明星 生活 科技 书画 报纸 香港在线 国际 社会 教育 副刊 食品 会展 宏观 体育 健康 女人 人物 历史 专题