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Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.

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Youth forum grills Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on social justice

Chief executive fields questions on perceived unfairness on building codes, legislation

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 3:35am

Social justice, political reform and, inevitably, illegal structures were the subject of questions from young people when they met Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday.

One student asked why old people found to have illegal additions to their homes faced harsh treatment from the government yet tycoons and senior officials such as Leung were granted exemptions.

"How can you make our society fairer and not let tycoons and high-ranking officials enjoy special privileges?" Chu Kwan-yung, a surveying student at the Institute of Vocational Education, asked during a "youth summit" in Chai Wan's Youth Square.

Chu said he had discovered cases of inconsistency and unfairness while doing a school project on illegal structures.

"Almost all rich people in Hong Kong skip the application procedures normally required for building additional housing structures, as they find the procedure troublesome.

"However, only the elderly, disabled and poor are prosecuted, not the rich."

But Leung did not agree. "The Buildings Department has a policy that [violations of the law by] celebrities and senior officials are dealt with as a first priority," Leung said.

Another teenager at the event, staged by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Youth, criticised functional-constituency lawmakers for vetoing proposals that could benefit the community, such as a long-discussed suggestion by pan-democrats that the government buy back the shares in The Link reit.

The real estate investment trust took over the running of shopping centres and car parks on public housing estates from the government, and has been criticised for raising rents and harming small businesses.

The student asked whether Leung would consider abolishing functional constituencies. He replied: "The political development of Hong Kong is stated in the Basic Law and the National People's Congress has already decided. We should follow the direction to develop the system."

Leung admitted that teenagers might be dissatisfied on salaries, promotions at work, and housing policy, but said the government had already taken steps to resolve housing problems.


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They are asking a non-elected leader and they are not his constituents - they are in Beijing. People should not expect meaningful answers from a CE who does not feel he is responsible to them. This is the sad fact.
YOu wouldn't be saying that if he was "Governor" under your beloved British Masters.
Hong Kong's last British governor departed 15 years ago. Are you saying HK's locally born CE should have the same status as a British governor? Your logic is full of holes.
There you go again! Seizing on the "non-elected" part and will not let go. Legitimacy is a ritual facade, and has nothing to do with whether a leader has true concern for or competence to serve his/her people.
To an emperor in the past 2000 years pre-1911, all people living under his governance/jurisdiction are his constituents. So I do not question CY's eletion. Your mind is narrower and more rigid than mine. Democracy is just another religion, but it has power to brainwash.
Wow, what chair did you fall off of that caused you to see RED?
shouken - please contact me at recruitment@ccp.org.cn. we are looking for more people like you that blindly believe in the glories of communism - scientific development will help us progress to perfect social harmony! praise the party! praise mao! you are right - democracy is a toxic religion. due process, freedom of speech and association, along with accountable leaders are silly! china is perfect and press reports of things like june 4 1989 are just fabrications of the free press! please contact me to register for communist party in hong kong! we need more ruthless people like you to takeover this city and let it bath in the sweet rays of totalitarian communism! praise the party!


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