By Elsie Tu
This is a ebook with robust messages for this day. Mrs Tu's deep issues concerning the present foreign scene have the main rapid and visible topical relevance. yet there's an both powerful lesson in her description of the corruption that was so pervasive in Hong Kong and her battles opposed to it.
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When the need for appointed members in our work was ignored by Chris Patten after he became Governor, I believe the appointed members' advice was sorely missed. The Urban Council logo, chosen by the post-1973 Council, that is, the bauhinia, soon began to appear everywhere in Hong Kong, and I believe it stood for the only democracy that existed in Hong Kong. The Legislative Council at that time was scarcely known because it consisted only of officials and appointed members who had little or no contact with the people.
I had to give up one of my teaching jobs in order to fit in the timing for teaching in my own school and attending Urban Council meetings. Later, when Councillors began to receive allowances, I felt that in some ways that was good as it relieved a heavy burden, but it could also attract candidates who viewed the work as a source of income and not necessarily a service to the public. One of the qualifications for becoming an Urban Councillor at the time was a knowledge of English, the only official language.
In fact, it was an honest civil servant who had advised me, when I first came to Hong Kong, to buy a camera and take pictures of illegal practices. The only point on which Sir Murray upset the Urban Council was his decision to remove public housing policy and management from under their jurisdiction. He explained that he had a ten-year programme to resettle all poorly housed people, and for that he would set up a Housing Authority and appoint some of us to the Authority. I was one of those appointed and remained a member until 1985.