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.
Radicals up to old their Legco antics again during policy address
Radical lawmakers continued to add colour to the Legislative Council chamber during Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s two-hour policy speech on Wednesday, with four being expelled.
People Power lawmakers Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan Wai-yip and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, who chanted such slogans such as “down with the Hong Kong communist regime” and called for Leung to quit, were expelled by the Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing at the start of the speech.
The trio accused Leung of being a “liar” and said it was meaningless for them to stay in the chamber and listen to him.
About 30 minutes later, League of Social Democrats lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung was also expelled, after his pro-government neighbour Ma Fung-kwok complained he was making noises “repeatedly”.
“Long Hair” explained later that he was blowing up balloons to satirise the chief executive’s integrity issues comparing him with Pinocchio, the puppet whose nose grew longer every time he lied.
He said he believed that Tsang was being too stringent in asking him to leave.
As well, NeoDemocrat lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai added his own bit of colour to the proceedings by acting the role of one of the Shenzhen parallel-goods traders who have caused havoc in the New Territories.
Fan left in the CY Leung’s middle of the speech pulling a trolley with a large box and two packs of toilet paper, calling his action “behavioural art”.
He said he was protesting against the administration’s “inadequate effort” in cracking down on traders who have flocked to Hong Kong to buy goods they can sell at higher prices across the border.
Fan said not only had the government’s operations not stopped the nuisance the traders had caused to Sheung Shui residents, but the problem had now spread to other areas, such as Sha Tin and even Mong Kok.
He returned to the chamber after a talking to media for 10 minutes.