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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Tsang was arguably worse than Tung, who at least correctly identified key problems confronting Hong Kong: an out-of-date education system, an unsustainable public health system, an out-of-control property market, an ageing population, eroding competitiveness.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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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,
kctony
Why do people like pslhk so dislike western propaganda? The majority of the Hong Kong people grew up under a colonial rule. Make no mistakes, fellas, Hong Kong is an economical mirale because : First, it was a British colony, and second Hongkongers' entrepreneur spirit. In that order I might add.
Do you seriously believe that in 1949 those entrepreneurs from Shanghai would come to Hong Kong if it were not a British colony? Don't be a hypocrite.
simonhsu
Under the current environment and political structure, CY is already doing as best a job anyone can. Fast forward to if he is elected through popular vote today, I can't imagine anything different with the way all the opposing forces are treating him. I would rather have a fairer society than a one man one vote so called democracy. As for Donald, he is the sinner for thousand years, I hope he'll be proud how he is remembered by historians in 2047.
Dai Muff
I really find it hard to believe this underlying idea that there is only one person out of seven million suitable for this job.
Kubrick
What next? That is truly the right question. The pro-dems are incapable of consensus, waste their energy on infighting and have recently shown themselves to be as corrupt as those they attack. They have no one with the gravitas to lead. The pro-gov lot are hopeless and I suspect not acceptable to Hong Kong people. Carrie LAM could be up next.
KwunTongBypass
So, in short, after over fifteen years of 'self rule' Hong Kong has not managed to produce a single person that seems to be able to act as an effective CE. Conclusion: Wrong System or Hong Kong people are not able to run Hong Kong.
aplucky1
everyone wanted tung chee wa to quit ten minutes after getting in
and it looks like he was the best one so far
Giwaffe
I am sure there is no shortage of capable individuals for the role of CE. The idea that there are a limited number of capable candidates for the CE post is unfounded.
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."
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.

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