"The power of engineering is to turn ideas into reality, and to create value for all. Whether professionals can contribute effectively in public policy-making is a matter of significant public interest. We must make sure that the next CE can hear the voice of professionals clearly, push forward democratic development, to roll back developer hegemony and to safeguard Hong Kong's core values.
Reading China's history in the last century, it takes no time to conclude that Hong Kong's path to democracy will be full of twists and turns. We have no expert among us. We can only learn from mistakes and inch forward with perseverance. Understandably, there are good reasons for others to feel disappointed.
May I urge you to treasure this choice, and enable engineers to leave a solid footprint on Hong Kong's path to democracy and sustainable development."
- Albert Lai