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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Tsang was arguably worse than Tung, who at least correctly identified key problems confronting Hong Kong: an out-of-date education system, an unsustainable public health system, an out-of-control property market, an ageing population, eroding competitiveness.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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impala
Indeed. You'd think that for the monthly salary of more than HKD 400,000 that we pay the CE, we should at least be able to get a person showing signs of brain activity.
kctony
The clash of two cultures means no CE can do his job. CY Leung is a capable man but he is the most distrusted by the people of Hong Kong. Frankly I hope Beijing cuts him fast. His cronyism & nepotism is threatening our "harmonious" society.
hard times !
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 !
Giwaffe
I find it exceedingly unlikely that Albert Ho will be the next leader of HK.
Giwaffe
I'm confounded that my constructive comment got a dislike...
chaz_hen
The 50cent army has discovered this site and there is much work for them to do
chaz_hen
Anyone worth their salt intellectually and morally would not want to jump into the fray of the HK "political process" and anyone that does not need the money that comes with the salary and perks of the CE's job would just be plain stupid to want to get involved.
The ONLY other option would be for the CCP to parachute in one of their hatchet men but could you imagine the howls and shrieking that would be heard if that happened? Except from "pslhk", of course.
wwong888
seriously pierce lam... shut the f-ck up... you are an old crusty f-ck with no relevance... yes... i am slowing learning more about you... know what you look like... just need to hone a bit more on your whereabouts
wwong888
i'm closing in on you pierce lam... based on your photograph i have, you are an old feeble weak man and based on some audio i can ascertain you have a horrible local accent when you speak english...
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
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