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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Tsang was arguably worse than Tung, who at least correctly identified key problems confronting Hong Kong: an out-of-date education system, an unsustainable public health system, an out-of-control property market, an ageing population, eroding competitiveness.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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iluvmycity
I still can't believe Donald "Bow-tie" Tsang got off scotch free.
andreaswagner
I am sure HK's new colonial masters will be able to find another puppet.
chuchu59
What next? There will be a short period of tranquility but the knives will be all out again when the next CE is er appointed by Beijing. CY was always going to be attacked given the little support he had from the business community. Beijing had no choice when Henry's popularity ratings plummeted and most Hong Kong people didnt really support CY then though they were disgusted with Henry's performance. So, if CY leaves there will be a vacuum though a puppet may be installed in the interim whilst a new contender is being groomed by Beijing.
pslhk
More than just
"some of our young radicals are not interested in anything so constructive"
also many over-aged
and many old aged
already brainwashed by western propaganda
and fanned by the city's ubiquitous foreign agents
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!!!
spunkyjj
Well said.
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?
hardhang
What then ? We'd get another puppet .. or muppet ...
Camel
Not because of the Brits.
caractacus
If he goes, Beijing will "elect" someone worse.

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