For more than a month, the key questions surrounding the appointments of undersecretaries and political assistants remained to be asked, let alone answered. Let me take the liberty to repeat here:
1. Why do we need a political appointment system in the first place? Why did Mr Tung Chee-hwa and Sir Donald Tsang think there is a need to change the governance structure based on administrative officers? In other words, why can't the old system prevail? What were the problems of the old system and what benefits will the new system bring to Hong Kong?
2. Specifically for the appointments of undersecretaries and political assistants, on what basis did the legislators approve the resources? Did they know what responsibilities incumbents of these new positions have? Worse still, was the approval part of the some sort of secret deals with the Government?
3. Now that some of the undersecretaries and political assistants have already reported to work, why is it still impossible for the Government give a detailed job description of these new talents? Why they have to discuss with their teams when they are on the job but not before? What is their role in the Government in view with the very cumbersome and highly divided structure of civil service? What is their relationship with the incumbent policy secretaries and permanent secretaries?
4. Why, my honourable legislators, do you make a big fuss on the side issues of nationality and salary packages instead of the governance system, which is by all means much more important? How can you possibly lose sight of the real issue? Does it mean that you have been trying to distract public attention away from some of your previous mistakes and misjudgements?
Sir Donald, if you are still not convinced that there is something wrong on your side, I do hope some of these questions will help you understand why there is. No one in Hong Kong wants to point their accusing fingers at you unless something has gone wrong, terribly wrong. Sir, and honourable legislators, please respond to my questions as legitimate as a taxpayer and a registered voter can possibly ask. Thank you.