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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 5:17am

Impeach bid is waste of public's time


Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.

Today will see the start of a two-day circus when anti-Leung Chun-ying legislators try to impeach the chief executive. There will be the usual clownish antics and angry speeches - all for the benefit of the TV cameras.

When the circus is over Leung will still be our chief executive. But legislators elected to do the people's business will have wasted time and public money - assets that could have been more productively used than chasing a fool's dream.

Let us use a megaphone to say this loud and clear: C.Y. Leung is here to stay. It will take more than a failed impeachment and a protest march of several tens of thousands for the central government to fire him. Our leaders up north have made that plain. OK, you can argue that even a failed impeachment sends a message the people will not tolerate a lying leader. You can argue the man has lost all integrity by dodging, delaying, and talking in double negatives, instead of coming clean on his illegal structures.

But what is more productive: taking a moral stand that leads us nowhere or using the time and effort to fight winnable battles over urgent issues such as housing and poverty? Leung will make his first annual policy speech next Wednesday. Shouldn't opposition legislators use this week's Legislative Council meeting to pressure him to deliver on his campaign promises instead of wasting time trying to impeach him?

No, Public Eye has not become a Leung shoeshiner. We're just telling it like it is. Let's face it: the anti-Leung march on New Year's Day was more of a flop than a success. No one seriously believes 130,000 people turned up, as the organisers claimed. Even the independent Hong Kong University survey put the figure at about 30,000.

By inflating the figure the organisers actually showed Leung does have some public support. We harp on about his dismal popularity rating. But is 49.1 per cent really that bad?

So, which would you rather have - affordable flats and help for all those elderly people who scavenge cardboard boxes for a living or taking a moral stand?


Who's being unrealistic now, Anson Chan?

What's former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang playing at? After the anti-Leung march she described the protesters as being unrealistic for demanding Leung resign since he still had Beijing's trust. She even said some in the community wanted to give him a chance to govern. Now she says she supports the Legco impeachment against Leung. Surely, she knows the intent of the impeachment is to topple Leung. Has the so-called "conscience of Hong Kong" lost her marbles?


And the Heart of Cold Award goes to …

We handed out Public Eye's annual Name and Shame Awards last week but the callous comments of a top official two days ago has forced us to confer a belated award. It goes to housing undersecretary Yau Shing-mu. He either didn't read our awards list or didn't care. Last week we conferred our top Shame on You Award to the overpaid bureaucrats who had let another year pass with arms folded while struggling families continued to live in squalid subdivided flats. But did that bother Yau? No. Instead, he coldly said low-income families chose to live in slum cubicles and that some flats were decently subdivided. The poor live in subdivided cubicles because they have no choice. But we can't expect overpaid bureaucrats like Yau who reside in oversized flats in "la la land" to understand that. Yau gets our Heart of Cold Award.


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Based on Anson Chan's weird and despicable behaviors, I doubt her mind is in good condition. Perhaps she is jealous of whoever holding her inaccessible dream job. Her heyday is just an another case of 勢造英雄.
I don't think we can change the living standard in HK without changing the political structure in the government and legislative council.
Legislators are wasting our time and money
I go away at least 3 times a year to my vacation home in US, every time I return I feel HK is both polluted in air and "noise". The whole city is full of anger and argument for nonsense. In US, I can get a building permit in just one day so there is non issue of so called illegal structure. If you look at CY Leung, his modest house is like a "slump" in US standard but he is rich, right? That's really show how poor and stupid is all we HK people! Fighting for something real stupid. What we should fight for is a better living condition that is more affordable for us and for those who lives life a dog in coffin home or subdivided flat. Focus please.
But I agree that
"the impeachment show is just one step too far"
It's a silly red herring diverting attention from more meaningful areas
Re: Who's being unrealistic now, Anson Chan?
The real question is
Who’s being so foolish, as being misled by silly colonial flatteries
Such as HK’s conscience, or
Democratic goddess, or
The do-a-good-job CEO?
Was it M Khan the late journalist,
Who said that inferior materials were deliberately chosen
As elites for post colonial government?
Horror, horror, horror!
So our lawmakers care less about estimated over 200k people living in coffin home, cage home or subdivided flat and wasting all their time and energy to mail CY Leung? Does it make sense? I have not heard of these lawmakers doing anythings that are important to HK, what's next after the step down of CY? Shameful Hk....I went to US few time a year in my sunny vacation home, everything I came back I'm depressed with the polluted air, polluted "noise", expensive and lousy food (hk supermarket is so expensive and the food is so bad!), terrible restaurant food quality due to hi rent, lack of facilities such as golf marina, etc..., expensive shopping Everywhere ( I never shop in HK as US price is 2 to 3 times cheaper)...the list just goes on so why our lawmakers are not doing anything to improve our life? Poor HK people Michale!
I don't like agreeing with you Michael but you are right, the impeachment show is just one step too far.
So there should be no more protests held in Hong Kong request for stepping down of CE/ government officials or universal suffrage since none of that will happen under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party and the action will only affect daily live of other Hong Kong people.
If that's the way you feel, why don't you pick up an assault rifle and sneak up to Beijing. For sure that will fulfill your hate passion about China and the Chinese people. I can guarantee you that Anson Chan, Cardinal Zen and the Pope of yellow journalism, Mr. Lai, will memorialize you in a ceremonial extravaganza never known before in Hong Kong..


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