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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:09am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 7:43am

Hong Kong protesters attack Leung Chun-ying with impunity

Politics is theatre. So everyone puts on a show. Our chief executive and other top officials would go around kissing babies if they could without being met by too many irate protesters.

But if you go to a few of these protests, you will find the same faces. Inevitably, it's the same people from Scholarism, university student unions, the League of Social Democrats and People Power. So protest is theatre too. You can hardly blame Leung Chun-ying for visiting a Lunar New Year fair in Tsuen Wan on Monday without announcing it beforehand. But pan-democrats like lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung complained C.Y. should have let the media know ahead of time. "If he had governed well, there would be no protest," he said. Perhaps.

Leung Kwok-hung's real complaint is that he and his fellow demonstrators weren't alerted so they could stage another protest.

He was especially upset about a statement from C.Y.'s office, saying the unannounced visit was to avoid attracting people who cause unnecessary confrontations just to attract public attention. That seems a pretty fair statement on many professional pan-democratic protesters, who have fought with police, blocked public forums and interfered with the right of other members of the public to exchange views, critical or sympathetic, with Leung and other officials.

Fair or not, the pan-dems are out to discredit and destroy C.Y.'s government - to make sure whatever happens with universal suffrage in 2017, Leung will not have a second shot at leading Hong Kong. And dogging him with protests is one of many ways to make him look more unpopular than he already is. That's just hard-ball ruthless politics, disguised as a moral crusade. This includes selling toilet paper with his face printed on it.

But all that comes at a cost to our society. I believe C.Y.'s expansion of housing and land supply, his anti-poverty programmes and measures against property speculation have made him more effective as chief executive than any previous ones we have had.

But he gets no credit for doing what is necessary, only blame for real or imaginary sins. He has turned on its head the old Scottish motto: anyone can attack me with impunity.


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John Adams
" I believe C.Y.'s expansion of housing and land supply, his anti-poverty programmes and measures against property speculation have made him more effective as chief executive than any previous ones we have had."
All too true Mr Lo !
CY is now blamed for trying to fix the very things we all wanted our CE to fix .
This is the ultimate lose-lose game and I shudder to think what will happen post - 2017 and a CE leader with even half the heart, will and resolve of CY
Dai Muff
There is still a broader politically active group here than in most countries. As a percentage of the population, these protests are larger than you get in most places so it's hardly the small circle you pretend. And, if you have failed to notice, no matter how much YOU and the united front puppet posters love him, he is not too popular among the majority of general public. As long as he thinks the words "rent control" are a curse let's forget the pretense about controlling property speculation. We are still the worlds hardest place to put a roof over your head. So this all comes down to "Boohoo, some people don't agree with me about our esteemed leader." He has no mandate. We all know why. Even you.
The silent majority of the locals are the inconspicuous group. It has no political agenda and exists simply mostly by being apathy towards politics. But, when they are awakened they usually would become formidable. What we need to do is to wake them up sooner than later. I believe the silent majority’s view would convince the rest of Hong Kong that we must have a present in order to have a future. The wakening of the silent majority is very much the duty of the government especially by the hands of CY Leung. His livelihood issues not only to help those who find living in Hong Kong difficult but more it is paramount in defusing a time bomb of mass unrest – particularly the young people must to have opportunities to be contributing members of Hong Kong.
Now now, Mr. Lo. You're being far too hard on yourself. You for one seem to be giving CY plenty of credit, and you seem keen to give him plenty more. So CY can take heart in that.
I'm not sure why you're invoking "morals". This is not a moral issue. People who agree with CY are welcome to do so, just as those who disagree with CY should be free to express that POV as well. The only moral aspect of the issue is that people should be free to express those opinions, which ironically is precisely what the CCP doesn't permit in China.
It seems your real beef is that not enough people seem to support CY in a manner to your liking, and there are far more people vocally disagreeing with CY than you would care to see. Sadly, that's just too bad for you. I propose two solutions. Either CY can start doing more things that more people can get behind (and the poverty measures of late are not a bad start), or you'll simply have to relocate to a jurisdiction where executives are forcibly held in higher esteem. BTW, your home of convenience in Toronto ain't gonna cut it, if you've paid any attention at all to how Rob Ford is getting raked over the coals.
Dai Muff
If people don't like the drive for democracy, they can always move to Thailand where the demonstrators are doing their best to destroy it.
“democracy” in HK is truthfully depicted as democrazy
which foreign agents with ulterior motive promote
LeeChanWongEuDaiMo and the like brainwashed follow
to derail true democracy from practical and sensible development
Dai Muff
You got dem ole paranoid Blues son.
The interesting thing is, when you talk with the silent majority they will say with little exceptions that the democrats in HK only demonstrate for the sake of demonstrating and that their attitude "you are with me or you are my enemy" has nothing to do with the true spirit of democracy .
Further does the silent majority say that people should let CY Leung concentrate on his job because after all he is trying hard to help the people of HK to have a better living and that the democrats hardly have any record on having done anything to help the people to have a better living in HK.
"If he had governed well, there would be no protest," he said.
Wrong. He should have said: " If he had obeyed us, there would be no protest,".
Hong Kong’s politics is complex. It is complex besides due to exceptional multitude of interest groups, each with an agenda that varies from the most immediate concern to the most future. While the former are conspicuous the latter includes both the conspicuous and the inconspicuous. We can find the conspicuous one inconvenient often to our life as ordinary citizens and more the normal way in conducting official duty. Nevertheless, it is still controllable by employing more patience in countering the often unruly behaviors.
The real complex part is the inconspicuous interest groups. I believe they are both local and foreign. Here it is most vexing. Some may hide behind the street theatres we see directing. We are in the midst without certainty what lies in our future. We only are able to confront these inconspicuous groups through the conspicuous one which only physically playacting in the streets.




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