Leung Chun Ying

Resignation of chief executive would create a political vacuum in city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am

With all due respect to the protesters who joined the July 1 march, I sense that a miasma of irrationality has permeated society.

I have no grudge against querulous protesters, but I think that some acts were truly unnecessary.

There were, for instance, booths which invited protesters to strike a wolf-shaped inflatable with spiked maces.

There was also extensive use of hate speech and profanity in relation to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

I don't think demonising Mr Leung is helping at all; and our civilised citizens ought to know better than that.

However legitimate their grievances may be, I am sure that there are more sensible ways, ones warranting no less attention, for them to communicate their discontent.

I gathered that one of the most pressing demands in the protest was to have Mr Leung step down, as the recent scandals have brought him into disrepute.

I talked to lawmakers Ronny Tong Ka-wah, Frederick Fung Kin-kee and Alan Leong Kah-kit, who all felt that Mr Leung had not been honest about the unauthorised structures at his home on The Peak.

While it is admittedly reprehensible negligence for Mr Leung to have overlooked these unauthorised structures, there are still unanswered questions over the case which should send signals to people not to jump rashly to the conclusion that he was deceitful all along.

Besides, Mr Leung appeared to be rather forthcoming about these structures. He apologised and dismantled them as soon as it was practical for him to do so.

These considerations should also weigh with us when we compare him with Henry Tang Ying-yen.

In conclusion, Mr Leung should, at the very least, be entitled to the benefit of the doubt.

Credibility should not be seen as the be-all and end-all of an effective leadership.

In the absence of a better chief executive alternative at this moment, I do think that he deserves yet another chance to redeem his wrongs by serving the community. He has shown promise and has a great sense of responsibility to society.

Whether or not Mr Leung's behaviour is beyond the pale, I do not really see how Hong Kong would derive any benefit from him stepping down and creating a political vacuum.

At this point, I think it is better to look forward than to look back, for our future is not devoid of hope.

John Leung, Shau Kei Wan