Dec. 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released a report forecasting Hong Kong’s response to constitutional change within its government. Unfavorable perception of government decision making stood firm prior to Hong Kong’s vote on constitutional reform held on June 24, 2010. 65% of the working age population indicated a significant distrust of the current form of governance.
The survey conducted assessed criteria such as the fairness of government policies towards religion, education, income and occupation. The data collected within this analysis attempted to reach all levels of the population by age, gender and demography.
Overall, approval ratings of the recent vote display an optimistic view of the direction of Hong Kong towards a more democratic form of governance. The reforms in question included abolishing corporate voting and functional constituencies; and directly electing the members of the legislative council.
A society cannot be sustained by force alone—we have learnt that lesson time and again— but no society has ever failed because it was too fair or gave too many people too many opportunities to make the best of themselves. The crucial challenge is to recognize when the degree of unfairness and sense of alienation are becoming dangerous, who it is that are most alienated, and what needs to be done to redress their grievances.