Meeting Point

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Meeting Point
匯點
Chairman Anthony Cheung
Founded 9 January 1983 (1983-01-09)
Dissolved 2 October 1994 (1994-10-02)
Merged into Democratic Party
Ideology Nationalism
Liberalism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Pro-democracy camp
Colours Green
Politics of Hong Kong
Political parties
Elections

The Meeting Point (Chinese:匯點) was a liberal political organisation and party in Hong Kong formed by a group of former student activists in the 1970s and intellectuals for the discussion for the Sino-British negotiation on the question of Hong Kong prospect in 1983. It was one of the earliest groups in Hong Kong favoured a Chinese sovereignty of Hong Kong but wanted a free, democratic and autonomous Hong Kong government.[1]

It emerged as one of the leading pro-democracy groups in the 1980s and was the predecessor of today's Democratic Party it was merged into in 1994.

History[edit]

It was founded on 9 January 1983 by a group of former student activists active in the 1970s and intellectuals with Lau Nai-keung the founding Chairman and Yeung Sum the Vice-Chairman. The group stressed the autonomous government of "Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong" under the Chinese sovereignty.

In the post-agreement period, the group started participating in the municipal and local elections. It formed a strategic alliance with the two major pro-democratic groups, the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood and the Hong Kong Affairs Society. Together with other liberal organisations, it also called for introduction of direct election and an accountable government. It joined the Joint Committee on the Promotion of Democratic Government (JGPDG) for the direct election of the 1988 legislative election.

Followed by the first direct election of the geographical constituency seats in 1991 legislative election which it won a historical landslide victory with its ally United Democrats of Hong Kong, it formally converted to a political party on 13 September 1992.[2] Two groups merged into a new party, the Democratic Party in 1994.

Notable members[edit]

Electoral performance[edit]

Legislative Council elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
GC
seats
FC
seats
EC
seats
Total seats +/−
1991 98,588Steady 7.20Steady 2 0 -
2 / 60
0Steady

Note: Each voter got two votes in the 1991 Election.

Municipal elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
UrbCo
seats
RegCo
seats
Total
elected seats
1986 35,411Steady 10.06Steady 1 1
2 / 27
1989 21,702Decrease 10.21Increase 0 2
2 / 27
1991 12,476Decrease 3.18Decrease 1 0
1 / 27

District Council elections[edit]

Election Number of
popular votes
 % of
popular votes
Total
elected seats
+/−
1985 9,714Steady 1.41Steady
4 / 237
4Increase
1988 41,878Increase 6.57Increase
16 / 264
12Increase
1991 18,386Decrease 3.46Decrease
11 / 272
2Increase

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Ian. Political Change and the Crisis of Legitimacy in Hong Kong. University of Hawaii Press. p. 210. 
  2. ^ Read Their Lips (I): A dossier of political leaders in Hong Kong. Pace Publishing Ltd. 
  3. ^ Staff listing, China Business Centre, HK Poly U