The South China Morning Post has polled its readers as to whether the Hong Kong legislature should approve a proposed HK$100 million donation to victims of the Yaan earthquake. The answer: a resounding no, with over 90 percent of respondents* saying the special administration region should hold off on donating public funds.
As everyone knows, SCMP online polls are concrete measures of public opinion in Hong Kong, which is why the region is in the process of returning to the United Kingdom’s warm, colonial embrace.
Many Hong Kongers have criticised the plan, proposed by CY Leung’s administration, to hand over HK$100 million in aid to Sichuan, citing fears over corruption. Leung himself has defended the proposed donation, saying Hong Kongers should show “love and care for compatriots”.
A special Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday will be asked to approve the donation, a process that would be worth watching if Hong Kong were a proper democracy.
*As of 4.30pm CST, April 23.