CY Leung policy address 2013
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivered his maiden policy address on January 16, 2013, in which he unveiled a blueprint that will set policy direction in the next five years. Acknowledging soaring property prices and cramped living conditions, he said his top priority is housing.
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The impeachment motion brought against the chief executive by the pan-democrats of the Legislative Council, led by the radical League of Social Democrats, was defeated by 37 to 27 votes. This defeat represented across-the-board community opinion.
Half a year has elapsed since Leung Chun-ying was installed as Hong Kong's chief executive. Tomorrow he will give his first Legco annual address, which was finalised following consultation with numerous groups, including legislative and district councillors. In a departure from the past, his address comes just weeks before the financial secretary's annual budget address.
From these two addresses, the public should be able to have a better idea of what to expect on these issues: the building of more public housing (creating more jobs); putting in place the 15-year free education plan by 2015; a specific date when the HK$2,200 elderly allowance payment will start, and information on other vital issues, such as taxation, pollution reduction, plus further support for Hong Kong's quarter-of-a-million small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Legco democratic camp will win wider public support if its members can focus more effort and time on working with the chief executive and his team to tackle the acute shortage of public housing, both rental and home ownership, which is currently the No 1 social issue.
For example, why not agree to put "housing" and "land production" within the same bureau? By so doing, the supply of land for public and private housing could be better co-ordinated, and lead to quicker and higher quality housing supply.
Why not join hands with the chief executive and the administration to provide more well-equipped skills training centres so that our young people can receive enhanced technological training, resulting in better pay and living standards?
Why not co-operate with the administration in setting up the proposed technology and communication bureau and the culture bureau for the purpose of expanding quality job training and promoting higher income job opportunities? This is good human capital investment in Hong Kong's future.
Whatever the political differences, the way forward for the democratic camp should be to get off its moral high horse and co-operate pragmatically with the chief executive and the administration to advance the people's livelihood and Hong Kong's long-term interests. This is the earnest wish of mainstream Hong Kong people today.
Hilton Cheong-Leen, To Kwa Wan