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Three Years On: What Do Hong Kong People Think of CY Leung?

A little bit of CY hate... and maybe some CY love

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 July, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:45pm

What do you think of CY Leung’s first three years?

Hui Kwan-yin, 18, university student
“I think he’s performed rather badly. The issue with his illegal building works when he started his term still doesn’t seem to have been properly resolved. And he always sides with the pro-establishment parties and land developers. With political reform, he used one group of people to suppress another, and this has only aggravated the divide in Hong Kong even further.”

Isaac, 36, funeral planner
“I feel like he’s only been following orders from the Central People’s Government, and hasn’t really worked for the social welfare of Hong Kong citizens. Hong Kong people can’t catch up with the property market, and the policies in public housing don’t really seem to take into account the actual needs of the people. And he still hasn’t given the public a proper explanation for the $50 million [payout from Australian firm UGL].”

Lilian, 37, arts administrator 
“I’m not familiar with all of his policies, but one thing I’m certain of is that he’s been criticized for a lot of them and I think that has a lot to do with his competency. It’s not necessarily just his decision-making skills, but also his leadership skills, communication skills and even coordinating with the Central People’s Government and between departments. I think he’s failed in this aspect.”

James, 41, journalist
“I think he’s done a great job in extremely difficult circumstances—he’s had a lot of challenges. He’s inherited a lot of political troubles and he’s handled them pretty well. Right now though, he’s gone down my expectations a bit. The reform bill failed to pass and I think the performance of the Legco members was just shocking. CY has to take some responsibility for that.”

Lo Chiu-chi, 60, retired civil servant
“I trust that he is working for the welfare of Hong Kong people. The only thing is that he sides too much with Beijing—he does everything they tell him to do. But if he doesn’t follow their orders, nothing can be done anyway because Beijing is the boss. It does seem that he has tried hard to work for Hong Kong. It’s just that there are a lot of hurdles involved that CY himself can’t control—you still need everyone to agree to make things happen. I know a lot of people don’t like CY Leung, but honestly, the position is difficult. The CE needs to follow Beijing’s orders. This is just how Hong Kong’s system works. What can you do? It’s hell for anyone who becomes CE. Anyone who is willing to take up the CE position is really brave.”