Almost 70 percent of respondents to a public consultation expressed support for a bid by Hong Kong to host the 2023 Asian Games, according to a paper released by a Legco panel yesterday.
The findings of the Home Affairs Department’s consultation showed that of 5,271 individuals who provided feedback, 69 percent, or 3,626, favored Hong Kong to bid, 30 percent were against with 2 percent neutral.
Of the 76 organizations that submitted views to the department, 84 percent favored a bid while 11 percent were against.
The government also collected views via online forums, including an official Facebook page that was joined by 1,863 people.
Political parties, including the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the Democratic Party, maintained their opposition to funding for the bid. “We are still of the view that it is not the right time to bid – given the lack of sporting venues and training of elite athletes,” DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung said.”The views expressed in support or against the proposed bid [on the online forums] were more or less even,” according to the Legislative Council panel.
The Democrats cast doubts on the validity of the surveys, adding they believed the majority of society was against the bid despite the poll. NATALIE WONG