CityU students vote to leave the federation
Friday, May 08, 2015
City University of Hong Kong has become the latest body to withdraw from the Hong Kong Federation of Students in its protest at the handling of the Occupy protest movement.
In a week-long referendum, spread across an exam period, about 2,464 students supported the move and only 527 voted against.
The University of Hong Kong, the Polytechnic University and Baptist University quit the student body earlier this year.
Chinese University, the University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University and Shue Yan University remain in the student body.
CityU concern group “CityU SU Independence” member Tang Sheung-fung said while he was surprised at the decision, he is pleased with the result.
“Actually it’s a surprise because it was held during the revision period and an exam when there are fewer students on the campus,” Tang said.
He also said the withdrawal may help the CityU Students’ Union recruit new members who disagree with the federation.
He said some students from the three universities who have pulled out are considering setting up a new student body with better representation.
Tang said details cannot be disclosed as yet, but he is not one of the planners.
“I still need to learn more about it first,” he said.
“For example, will it hijack the students’ views? We disagreed with the federation, but we still think there should be a platform for students to cooperate.”
Sunny Leung Hiu-yeung, external vice president of CityU Students’ Union, said he was not surprised with the result because the referendum was held over seven days.
While he was frustrated with the result, he will respect the students’ choice.
The federation’s deputy secretary-general Wong Ka-fai said he was disappointed.
“The federation is disappointed because many students do not trust it, but we absolutely respect the result,” Wong said.
He said the federation is facing a problem representing students now because four universities have already left the federation.
The federation will pay less attention to social affairs and more to internal reform.