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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 8:39am

If CY Leung is forced to quit, what then?

People should be careful what they wish for. NeoDemocrats lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai and hundreds of people signed an advert that ran in newspapers in Hong Kong and Taiwan calling on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign. They also warned Taiwan against "mainlandisation" as the island plans to boost cross-strait tourism.

What's easier to demand? If you don't like something, throw it away. That's how children behave, because they care nothing about the consequences and only want to vent their anger and frustration. Many of us still remember similar calls for Tung Chee-hwa to quit. And when he did, people cheered. Well, we ended up with Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who enjoyed a long honeymoon and high popularity ratings, at least initially. Look where he is now!

Tsang was arguably worse than Tung, who at least correctly identified key problems confronting Hong Kong: an out-of-date education system, an unsustainable public health system, an out-of-control property market, an ageing population, eroding competitiveness. What he lacked was the ability to develop and execute plans that could address these problems. Tsang, the consummate civil servant, just swept them under the carpet. As a result, we wasted almost a decade.

People are understandably angry because of the many problems confronting Hong Kong today and threatening its future. But many, if not most of these problems, were already there before Leung took office, and will remain whoever replaces him. The "brainwashing" national and moral education? It started with Tung and worked out under Tsang. Mainlandisation or expanding mainland tourism? It was Tung's and Tsang's baby.

Under the current system, whoever replaces Leung would still be perceived as a Beijing lackey, and the pan-democrats could repeat their whole routine of demonising, obstructing and destroying the new guy. How does that help Hong Kong? Far more responsible would be to press Leung to come up with a viable constitutional reform blueprint acceptable to both sides. But I suspect some of our young radicals are not interested in anything so constructive. They would rather see a government destroyed or in disarray. And if that means taking Hong Kong down, so what!

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johnyuan
There is a possibility that the old colonial camp will be in power again. But John Tsang will be still the Financial Secretary for sure regardless which camp wins. I wonder why though?
Another Social Critics...
From recent State, Provincial, State Organisation Officials...
Reminding backwardly even Ex-ShumZhen Mayor be Involved in similiar Graft Probes...
Stepping Down & being Prosecuted...
Seeing thru that 'CY'...'Evil Nature'...
Intention in Utilization from News covering Words of NPC's...!!!
In Disguised Support from Central China Government...
Using the same Tactics in 'Deceit' in gotting Position of 'CE' from its Campaign...
In Disguised Support from Central China Government...???
Planning & Deploying "Good" is Basic for AnyOne in Position of 'CE', Serving HK's Peoples in their Best Interest...
Utilizing its great Governmental Resources, Surely should got at Least some Good-Works, be Done for HK's Peoples, like in Social & Welfare aspects that easily got its public's Recognition.
Nothing Worth to be Praised for Normal Good-Works, though Paid-For...
But...But...If Applied in Manipulating thru 'CE' position , not Normal Exercising from various Governmental Levels ...
Then it's Called 'Politicizing'...in Perverted Ways...
Like...Education Department in Mrs. Lam case, Police Department in Triad's supporting 'CY' case, ICAC, and even Justice Department recently...
If being Prosecuted...Called 'Abuses of Power'...
Like in BoXiLai's Incident...
Plus Manipulation for Self & Other's Profiteering, Triad Involvement...
Corruption, More Informers be Needed...
If 'CY' be Forced to Quit...Then HK...New Start!!!
dynamco
Well now it's officially decreed !
CY & his Government can all take beneficial advantages from major business organisations & lobbyists seeking t@t-for-tat favors then just pay back 30% of the cost to a charity & the Democrats will not utter one word to ICAC.
rthk.hk/rthk/news/elocal/news.htm?elocal&20130906&56&947830
Junket lawmakers escape punishment 06-09-2013 Two Democratic Party lawmakers, Albert Ho and James To, have escaped warnings or punishment from party leaders after joining a recent Cathay Pacific junket to France. They were among eight (Ten + 1 Exco) lawmakers who took the free trip, triggering concern over possible conflict of interest. The party ruled last month that the pair's action was inappropriate and violated party guidelines. But the Party's chairwoman, Emily Lau, says the executive committee felt that their subsequent public apologies and charitable donations were enough to settle the matter.
How pathetic
Welcome to Chau Kong
lucifer
Well....99.9% of the people in Hong Kong did not choose him as their CE...and he is doing a bad job. I say..."NEXT."
the sun also rises
C.Y.was asked to step down
by some in the pan-democratic camp
who are never satisfied with his
miserable performance !
His words were boastful
before he became our Chief Executive
but now they just don't work at all !
once he is forced to go
the one replaces him won't
come out right away !
Instead, Carrie Lam will become
acting Chief Executive until
a new chief executive is elected
in 2017 ----three years later when
we will have our universal suffrage
which might bring us a leader who
is elected by most of us and
has to be responsible to us
and more accountable in his /her
governance ! Just wait for
that day to come !
aplucky1
everyone wanted tung chee wa to quit ten minutes after getting in
and it looks like he was the best one so far
hardhang
What then ? We'd get another puppet .. or muppet ...
Camel
Then Albert Ho will step in. lol.
@kctony
I beg to differ.HK economical success was not because HK was a British Colony, it was because HK has a free market for trading and it was close to the Mainland. Otherwise you should also say that all British Colonies are economical wonders and that is not the case. Businesses have been boosted by Chinese entrepreneurs like in Taiwan, Singapore, Philipines, Indonesia, Thailand etc.
kctony
Huh? How was HK a free market if not a British colony? HK was an economic miracle before China opened up in 1978.
If not for the British colony, most of us and our parents would have perished during "The Great Leap Forward" and "The Cultural Revolution" instead of having these discussions comfortably in English,
Camel
Not because of the Brits.

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