Selection of chief executive 'best later'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 May, 1996, 12:00am

THERE would be fewer problems over transition if the selection of the chief executive was postponed until the end of this year, Executive Councillor Professor Edward Chen Kwan-yiu said yesterday.

Professor Chen said the timing of the selection of the future chief executive and the team would have implications on the important question of what assistance the present Government could offer.

'The later, the better,' he said.

'The question of any transfer or secondment of officials to the chief executive-designate and team will then be less of a problem.

'If the chief executive is to be selected in summer, it will be almost a year before the inauguration of the Special Administrative Region government.' The now-defunct Preliminary Working Committee suggested that the chief executive-designate be named in the third quarter of this year.

Professor Chen also cautioned yesterday against the suggestion from some that principal officials should resign from the Government after they were named as part of the future SAR administrative team.

He said the Preparatory Committee should leave the decision to the officials involved.

Meanwhile, China's top spokesman in Hong Kong yesterday urged local youth to carry on the spirit of anti-imperialism espoused in the May 4 Movement to help build the future Hong Kong.

Zhou Nan , the local director of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), said Hong Kong's young people should take up the patriotic spirit of their ancestors and unite to work for the good of the SAR.

Mr Zhou was speaking at a major celebration last night to mark the anniversary of the movement, which was begun in 1919.

'We should unify all the young people and implement the May 4 Movement spirit to the setting up of the Special Administration Region government and to the smooth handover of sovereignty,' he said.