Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying says restructuring scheme is postponed, not dead

C.Y. says issues like housing must come first, but revamp will be back on the agenda

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:18am

The chief executive has refused to rule out reviving his shelved plan to restructure the government, saying his administration's efficiency will be hampered without a revamp.

Leung Chun-ying said yesterday he had decided to temporarily suspend his efforts to push through the proposal because he foresaw that lawmakers would mount a filibuster to block the proposal, as the previous legislature did earlier this year.

Speaking after addressing the Legislative Council, Leung said the government needed to deal with other issues such as housing first - but said he would not shelve the revamp indefinitely.

In similar remarks during his speech, he said he had presented the proposal before he took office "because this will help co-ordinate the division of work among departments when it comes to big policies.

"Although the present structure is not perfect, I am aware that pushing forward this proposal now will lead to what happened in Legco the last time - a waste of time and energy."

Under Leung's proposal, two new senior posts, deputy chief secretary and deputy financial secretary, would be created.

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau would be split into an industrial, commercial and tourism bureau and an information and technology bureau. A cultural bureau would also be formed.

Some pan-democratic lawmakers, including members of the radical People Power, made use of a filibuster strategy in June to stop the proposal's passage.

The government was then forced to push the proposal to the bottom of the agenda, so that policies on livelihood issues could be passed first.

Leung also appointed lawmakers Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee to the Executive Council yesterday.

Lam, chairman of the Professional and Business Alliance formed this month with six other pro-business lawmakers, said he would bring the voice of the middle-class into Exco.

Ip, chairwoman of the New People's Party and former secretary for security, said her experience as a top official would help the government craft policies.