The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
Young People’s Views on the Roles and Functions of the Legislative Council
A territory-wide telephone survey on 539 young people aged 18 – 34 noted that on the merits of the current Legislative Council, some 28% of respondents agreed there was a diversity of voices in the chamber. Some respondents from the face-to-face interviews also expressed positive remark on the role of the Legislative Council, with some saying that it should be a place for debating and discussion on public issues.
In terms of drawbacks, close to one-third (32.7%) of respondents said that there was a lack of rational debate. Worse still, close to 60% (59.4%) did not think that they trusted the Legislative Council. Another 66% (66.4%) were of the view that they did not trust the HKSAR Government.
The Legislature is an important part of the Hong Kong political structure. Young people have reservation about their trust in the Legislative Council. It is worth putting more efforts on strengthening the connection between the Legislative Council and the public.