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Open and rational dialogue

Yesterday, I attended Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)'s live programme "Voices from the Hall" to have a dialogue with the public on the upcoming Policy Address.

Thoughtfully planned by RTHK, the programme had a live audience of 95 people selected through scientific sampling to reflect Hong Kong's social structure. Each participant whose number was drawn by the host had the chance to raise questions and voice their views on three policy areas, namely the economy, people's livelihood and politics. I would then make my response.

During the two-hour programme, 36 questions and opinions were raised. All the questions touched on Hong Kong's current and long-term needs, and all the opinions were balanced and fair. What I appreciate most is that the whole process and atmosphere enabled a rational exchange of views, which could be shared with the general public through live broadcast.

The Government must put people first in its policy. It should be attentive to people's views and suggestions, and get as close as possible to the public. My team and I will certainly continue to communicate directly with the public through various channels, and reach out to the districts regardless of any disruptions.

December 17, 2012