Devoted To Hong Kong

An Introduction to the DAB Platform

More than five years ago, we found ourselves on the threshold of realizing a common dream – a dream that Hong Kong people would finally be given the chance to be architects of our own destiny. “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” became more than a dream; it was an eminent reality.

The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) was founded on the common vision to build a stable, prosperous, fair and progressive society for the Hong Kong people. Ever since the founding of the DAB in 1992, we have devoted ourselves in fighting for the best for Hong Kong people – making Hong Kong a better home for all Hong Kong residents from all walks of life.

We have participated in popular elections at all levels, searched for solutions to social and transitional issues, and made proposals pertaining to bettering the livelihood of Hong Kong people. We did all of that to pave the way to a smooth transition to Chinese sovereignty, and with the best interest of the Special Administrative Region in mind. We were committed to “Contributing to a Smooth and Steady Transition, Achieving an Affluent Economy, Making Hong Kong a Peaceful and Contented Society.”

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has come into being, but our work has not yet finished. We are still in the early chapters of composing the history of the Hong Kong SAR: there are many challenges at hand, and many more that await us in the years to come.

We will continue to work hard for the Betterment of Hong Kong. We are committed to seeing that stability, prosperity, justice, and progress in Hong Kong are further enhanced with time. We have renewed our commitment to a place we call home.

Building a Better Community
Achieving an Affluent Economy
Making Hong Kong a Peaceful and Contented Society

This is what we stand for. The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong is who we are. And we are Devoted To Hong Kong.


Building a Better Community

In order to build a society – established firmly in stability, prosperity, justice and progress – that allows people to live and work in peace and contentment, a political system atoned to the pulse of society and its development must be in place. The Hong Kong SAR must build and develop its democracy in a steady pace – engaging democracy with unrelenting fervor without foregoing stability or neglecting to address the growing demands and issues of society.

The SAR Government must remain effective to ensure that all aspects of society function at their optimal level. It must, at the same time, in accordance with the Basic Law, uphold the principles of “One Country, Two Systems,” “Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong,” and maintain the SAR’s “High Degree of Autonomy.” Furthermore, it must continue to lead the SAR with an ever-broadening international vision to sustain its integral role as a regional and international trade center and maintain its permanent position as a vital cosmopolitan metropolis.

In Building a Better Community, we advocate:
  1. Universal Suffrage – Review the development of Hong Kong’s constitutional structure before 2007, and strive to elect the subsequent Chief Executive by universal suffrage as well as to return all seats in the Legislative Council by universal suffrage.
  2. Improvement in Our Judicial Process – Ameliorate Hong Kong’s ordinances; raise the standard of quality of the judicial professionals and the administrative efficiency of the judicial organs; accelerate the implementation of bilingualism in the legal process; and promote communication between the judicial professionals of Hong Kong and that of mainland China.
  3. Fight Against Crime – Ensure the effective exercise of police power, while at the same time ensuring that the civil rights and liberties of Hong Kong people are not violated; unscrupulously fight crime on all fronts – battle against organized crime and triad activities, and strengthen anti-corruption work.
  4. Memberships in International Organizations – Urge the Chinese Government to become a part of the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” and the “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” as early as possible.
  5. Voice of the People, Needs of the People – Urge Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress to establish a local secretariat in Hong Kong to facilitate and promote more consultation and better communication with Hong Kong people; urge the SAR Government to set up offices in Beijing, other provinces and municipalities to offer assistance to Hong Kong people wherever needed; urge the SAR Government to participate in the approval process for mainland applicants seeking to relocate into Hong Kong.
  6. Strength of Our International Tides – Urge the SAR Government to set up official or semiofficial economic and trade organizations in foreign countries to strengthen overseas ties; make strenuous efforts to seek visa exemptions for SAR passport holders from more countries and districts; actively maintain and develop relationship with organizations in other countries and districts and international organizations in various fields concerning community welfare.


Achieving an Affluent Economy

Hong Kong’s distinguished position as an international financial, trade and service center depends on many factors. Hong Kong’s well-established infrastructure, advanced communication facilities, sound financial system, industrious and zealous workforce and entrepreneurs who operate with remarkable flexibility and adaptability all play a vital role in Hong Kong’s long-standing economic success.

However, Hong Kong is faced with various problems including its exorbitant land prices, relatively high labor cost and its neglect of industrial development. We must pay close attention to these challenges and work hard in coming up with effective solutions to real problems.

The return to China in 1997 has brought Hong Kong many opportunities and promise of economic development. Hong Kong must hold on to the very strengths that have contributed to its economic successful in the past. We must sharpen our competitive edge and equip ourselves with new tools for economic success and security. Hong Kong must take advantage of the benefits of China’s rapidly growing and evolving economy by working closely with the Mainland to make full use of each other’s strengths and promote prosperity in both lands.

In Achieving an Affluent Economy, we advocate:
  1. Industrial and Technological Development – Set up an inter-departmental “Industrial and Technological Development Committee” with adequate decision-making power to formulate proactive industrial policies; complete construction of Science Park, directed to meet the needs of industrial and technological development, in the shortest possible time.
  2. Economic Cooperation with the Mainland – Set up the “China-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Commission” to promote exchange in economic information and business opportunities between Hong Kong and the mainland; achieve more effective synergy between the two in infrastructure projects; and improve the interactive transport network that closely connects the two areas.
  3. Strength of Our Service Industry – Foster the service industry, which has high growth potential; promote innovative business practices and concepts; and strive to become the service center for greater China.
  4. Investment in Innovation – Assist technology-based businesses and small and medium enterprises by creating a financing fund supported mainly by public investment; at the same time, set up a second market to provide more fundraising opportunities for companies from the stock market.
  5. Advanced Information Infrastructure – Establish Hong Kong’s information infrastructure, allowing the Government, businesses and citizens to communicate over the Internet; and thereby improve economic efficiency and overall quality of life.
  6. Lifelong Learning and Worker Training – Formulate a comprehensive, proactive human resources policy; strengthen different types of conventional education; improve work and vocational training programs; actively develop continuing education; seek long-term and steady source of funding that provides lifelong learning, worker training, and skills development.
  7. Investment in Our Education – Increase education expenditure to 4% of the GDP in five years; introduce effective competition mechanisms into schools; further increase the teacher to students ratio; carry out a comprehensive review of the current education system; improve education standard “Two Written Languages and Three Spoken Languages”; devote substantial efforts to develop information technology in schools.
  8. Strategic Urban Planning – Appoint a new secretary with dedicated responsibilities in formulating policies on land, housing, infrastructure construction and the environment; set up the “Strategy Planning Commission” to formulate strategies in landfilling and community-wide development projects; improve city management efficiency achieved by formulating, based on the continuous development concept that calls for having a mass transit system as the center for town development, effective urban planning strategies; speed up the work of the “Urban Renewal Authority;” and actively carry out the conversion of old industrial land for residential and commercial use.
  9. Effective Land Policies – Demand the SAR Government to take effective measures to modulate land prices; increase the supply of land; supply more land for public sale with more flexibility; and set up an effective land reserve system; and announce, annually, its land auction plans for the next five years.
  10. Support for SMEs – Demand the SAR Government to actively support the development of small and medium size enterprises; provide assistance in various areas – from fund raising, information provision, and personnel training to marketing.


Making Hong Kong a Peaceful and Contented Society

Bettering Hong Kong and improving its economy will not be possible without focusing on the improvement of our quality of life.

The SAR Government must provide a system and strategies that effectively address the many different social issues; the SAR Government must address issues of asymmetries in social development, attack problems of increasing income disparity and alleviate the severe shortage in housing supply, as well as improve working and living conditions. We must come up with ways to meet the needs of the people in areas of social welfare, health and medical care, labor protection, cultural and recreational facilities, and environmental protection.

Hong Kong people must be able to reap the fruits of our economic success – a result of our collective hard work. The DAB is devoted to providing a peaceful environmental in which Hong Kong people can live and work decently.

In Making Hong Kong a Peaceful and Contented Society, we advocate:
  1. Poverty Abolishment – Formulate an overall strategy in “Removing Poverty;” set the “Poverty Line” at the mid-point of the median family income; improve the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme.
  2. Adequate Care for the Elderly – Set up the “Central Coordination Committee for Policy on Elderly Citizens” dedicated to formulating a comprehensive policy on care for the elderly; introduce the “Elderly Living Hardship Index” for the evaluation of elderly people’s living risk; assist the elderly in options of relocating to the mainland after retirement; increase the Age Allowance; expedite the establishment of the “Quality of Life Fund for Elderly People”; improve the level of standard comprehensive subsidy for the elderly; and increase community care programs.
  3. Retirement Security – Implement the “Double Social Protection Plan,” which integrates “Old Age Pension” and privately managed or central mandatory provident fund, to provide a territory-wide retirement protection scheme for workers; ameliorate the privately-managed mandatory provident fund system and initiate a study on the feasibility of a central provident fund.
  4. Accessible, Affordable, Quality Health Care – Expedite the formulation of a medical and health policy for the 21st century; develop a fair and cost-effective medical care financing policy that meets the needs of the people; endorse a medical and health policy aimed at improving the quality of health of Hong Kong citizens; introduce the “Citizen Health Index”; and establish an effective synergistic medical and health framework.
  5. Affordable and Adequate Housing – Speed up construction of public rental housing units and shorten the waiting time for allocation; carry out reviews of the pricing principle of units provided under the Home Ownership Scheme; expand the housing program for the “Sandwich Class;” ensure newly built residential units are comprised of public rental housing, HOS and privately-developed units in equal proportions; provide tax exemption on mortgage interest payments for first-time home buyers.
  6. Improved Working Conditions – Provide all employees of every trade and industry a safe working environment and adequate employee benefits; improve legislation related to occupational safety; increase the inspection of construction sites and other high-risk work places; promote and increase public awareness of industrial safety; and promote equal opportunities for employment.
  7. Accessible Transport Service – Provide a safe, organized, and reasonably priced transport service by improving existing and building new road networks and mass transport systems.
  8. Women’s and Children’s Rights – Establish the “Consultative Committee of Women Affairs” to advise on policies and implementation of measures pertaining to the protection of women’s legitimate rights; formulate long-term policies to expand family aide-service; raise public awareness on the child abuse and child abuse prevention through legislation, promotional education and improving research processes.
  9. Investment in Programs for the Youth – Create an environment suitable for the development of young people through mutual coordination between youth organizations, families, schools and the community; urge the SAR Government to provide, in response to the needs of various communities, appropriate youth services; encourage young people to participate in community affairs, community service, and take part in the process of policy making on areas related to youth development; and reinforce civic education in schools.
  10. Community Recreation – Strengthen cooperation between the Arts Development Council, the Sports Development Board, Education Department and the two municipal councils; formulate flexible policies with the purpose of providing various recreational activities for Hong Kong people utilizing the diversity of artistic and culture activities, and sports that are already in place; and provide popular and elite training in both the fields of arts and sports.
  11. Smart Environmental Protection – Formulate long-term and comprehensive policies in the areas of waste reduction, waste management and energy conservation; promote public awareness on environmental protection; set up the ” Environment Liaison Group” to coordinate environmental related tasks for Hong Kong and the mainland.


A Better Home: A Better Hong Kong

A better Hong Kong is a place where there is justice, stability, security, progress, and prosperity. We, the DAB, are committed to doing our best to ensure that everyone of Hong Kong live in a society that does not allow crime, terrorism, injustice, chaos, and instability to hinder their right to lead meaningful and rewarding lives and their families.

We are committed to provide equal opportunities for everyone to enjoy a better life in Hong Kong. We are determined to leave no one behind in our course of democracy for it is not a dash to the finish line; in preparing for the demands of globalization, the DAB will make sure we are not robbing the lives of the vulnerable and damaging the environment.

We are determined to stand by the principles of “One Country, Two Systems,” “Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong,” and see to it that Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is one that operates under a “High Degree of Autonomy” to ensure prosperity, push for progress, and bring stability and security to a place we call home.


December, 1997