Talking points: Do a million people support the political reform?

Talking points: Do a million people support the political reform?

Pro-government campaign organiser Robert Chow Yung claims more than a million people have signed in support of Hong Kong's political reform. What are your thoughts?

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Robert Chow claims more than 1 million people have signed in support of Beijing's political reform.
Robert Chow claims more than 1 million people have signed in support of Beijing's political reform.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

Shirley Tsang, 21, University of Toronto

I wonder about the authenticity of the source, including how the data was collected. Some - or most - of the locations where the public can sign up to support political reform are in regions with more elderly people and fewer intense youngsters. This gives an easy sampling of signatures since the elderly mostly support the reform.

I think Chow needs to address these public perceptions to give his statistics validity.


Naz Iraj, 16, St Margaret's Girls' College, Hong Kong

I think Robert Chow Yung's claim is made up. Considering his involvement in the Anti-Occupy Central campaign, of course he has to say people support the reform.

A survey carried out by three of Hong Kong's universities shows only 47 per cent of respondents are in favour of the political reform. Chow's statement goes against actual statistics. I choose to believe the statistics from the universities.


Ernest Leung Lok-hang, 15, La Salle College

During Occupy Central, Robert Chow Yung said that although a few hundred thousand people took to the streets, the rest of the city who didn't march were actually against the movement.

Using this logic, we can say that if one million people signed the petition in support of the political reform, then six million are silently against it. This is absolutely ludicrous.

Why not hold a referendum to find out what stance the public really hold? They can voice their opinions by ballot and end this ridiculous and pointless argument once and for all … unless, of course, someone is worried about the outcome of the referendum.


Jason Chan Chun-sun, 18, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Robert Chow Yung is a super fan of the political reform, but it doesn't mean he would lie to prove his loyalty to the Communist Party. If it turns out he lied, this would make matters worse. Critics would reprimand him, and it would only benefit the opponents. Therefore, I believe he is telling the truth and using the figure as a means to support the political reform.


Titus To Cheuk-lam, 16, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

It was annoying hearing Robert Chow Yung talk about numbers, and it's not the first time he's used such ridiculous statistics.

I believe that some citizens did sign to support political reform. However, Chow's exaggeration surely won't gain public support.

Tell us what you think in the comment box below.

In our next Talking Points, we'll discuss:

Do you think Siu Yau-wai - the 12-year-old boy who has been living in the city for nine years without proper identity documents - should be allowed to stay?

We are now accepting answers from readers for this new topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age and school name, plus a high-res photo of yourself (No less than 1MB), to yp@scmp.com by Monday lunchtime next week.

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Do a million people support the political reform?

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