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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Tsang was arguably worse than Tung, who at least correctly identified key problems confronting Hong Kong: an out-of-date education system, an unsustainable public health system, an out-of-control property market, an ageing population, eroding competitiveness.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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HK-Lover
The thousand years sinner Donald Tsang is a devoted catholic and as such he will have a clear conscience by now after he went for confession, the catholic reset button.
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.
iluvmycity
I still can't believe Donald "Bow-tie" Tsang got off scotch free.
dynamco
the ICAC commissioner drank all the scotch
the Environment Secretary went to visit a whiskey distillery in Scotland at public expense with almost 20 freeloaders
Tsang will not get off scot free
they just ran out of enough paper for the Misconduct charge sheets
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.
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.
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.
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.
spunkyjj
Well said.

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