Daily Archives: July 4, 2014

Zeman’s universal suffrage

Hans Mahncke

Lan Kwai Fong. Photo: Hans Mahncke

Allan Zeman, known to most as the grandfather of Lan Kwai Fong, has weighed in on the democracy debate by calling for ‘universal suffrage’ to be adopted in 2017.

Of course, this is the same Allan Zeman who is not exactly known for being resolute and solid, having for instance made a famous about-turn in his views on CY Leung, once it was clear that Beijing had given the CE’s job to CY Leung.

The problem is what Zeman may or may not mean by ‘universal suffrage’. Even Beijing agrees that there should be ‘universal suffrage’ in 2017 – in the sense that the public will be presented with a list of 2 or 3 pro-Beijing candidates whom they get to choose from.

Nevertheless, in light of his recent comments on ‘In conversation‘, it does appear as if Zeman is moving away from his long-held position of all-purpose government servant, ever so slowly, for whatever reason.