A group of concerned citizens, consisting primarily
of professionals, issued a statement titled "Standing
Firm on Hong Kong's Core Values" on 7 June 2004.
Lately, many people are increasingly worried about
Hong Kong's future. It has been observed that more and
more people are greatly disturbed by the increasing
erosion of Hong Kong's core values. The aforementioned
statement states that, "The goals pursued by our
community seem to become more distant. The community
is filled with a strong sense of helplessness and rising
frustrations. Our core values are being shaken. Our
city's governance and business environment have deteriorated.
Our society's institutional rationality and social cohesion
are being weakened. We have come to the critical moment.
The alarm has rung to defend Hong Kong's core values."
Although economics is important to Hong Kong, it is
certainly not our only focus. It is imperative that
we stand firm by the core values that are deep rooted
in our past experience and in line with global modern
civilization. It is indeed true that "losing its
core value, Hong Kong will become a city without soul
and her people will then lose 'Hong Kong'."
The core values of Hong Kong include "liberty,
democracy, human rights, rule of law, fairness, social
justice, peace and compassion, integrity and transparency,
plurality, respect for individuals, and upholding professionalism."
We as a social service agency fully support this view.
We are convinced that in our pursuit of a higher quality
of life, "we must also adhere to the core values
essential to sustainable development: broad-based community
participation in public affairs, inter-generational
equity, economic development with a human focus, environmental
protection and reconciliation with nature."
We have committed ourselves to examine our Agency policies
and programs in accordance with these core values. We
invite the government to do the same.