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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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Hong Kong policymakers told to take account of China's views

Mandatory assessments of policies' impact on mainland seen as odd by civil servants, but Exco member calls requirement reasonable

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 10:36am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 May, 2013, 6:03am

A confidential Executive Council memo that requires all future policy proposals to factor in the likely mainland reaction has sparked concern that the government is putting mainland interests ahead of Hong Kong's.

One government administrative officer called the memo "odd", and said colleagues were stunned when they received it early this month. A ruling that the assessment be omitted from papers submitted to lawmakers has prompted further questions.

Executive councillor and lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said that as recent policies had courted criticism from the mainland, "it would be reasonable to remind civil servants that they should do such an assessment".

The memo comes amid heightened Hong Kong-mainland tensions, with Leung Chun-ying's administration facing mainlanders' criticism for policies that affect their interests, especially a limit on baby-formula exports of two cans per person per day to stop rampant buying up of supplies by parallel-goods traders who smuggle the milk over the border.

"From June 1, an assessment on mainland perception and related public relations measures will become … mandatory … for all Policy Committee papers and Executive Council submissions", the document, leaked to Apple Daily, reads. It was issued to administrative officers by the Executive Council secretariat on May 2, an officer told the South China Morning Post.

"When we saw the memo, we nearly fell off our chairs. It's just odd," the officer, who preferred not to be named, said.

He said he doubted the need for the requirement, as it was usual practice to put assessments of different stakeholders' reactions under a "public reaction" chapter in policy papers.

The memo says all policy bureaus and departments should, using common sense, assess the reaction of the mainland community to their policies, including governments, the people, the media and organisations. It should also suggest whether it is necessary to liaise with and explain the policy to them.

A government spokesman said a range of factors were considered in policymaking, and assessing mainland reaction was "responsible behaviour".

"We stress that the government departments will make the assessments in strict accordance with the Basic Law and 'one country, two systems'."

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang said: "Under 'one country, two systems', there is no reason why Hong Kong's policymakers should be constantly looking over their shoulders, trying to second-guess possible mainland reaction."

She said there had been no requirement before the handover to assess UK reaction to domestic policy issues, even when these had significant implications for British commercial interests.

Civic Party leader and lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit said he was puzzled to see the government making "common sense" a black-and-white requirement.

"I fear that this could send the wrong message and civil servants would think that mainland interests could override those of the people of Hong Kong."

But one executive councillor said he did not think the memo would affect policymakers.

"If officials are over-concerned with mainland reaction, their integrity will be questioned by lawmakers when they go to lobby for their policies."

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goncalo
This is called kowtowing.
HiggsSinglet
Sounded like some confucius close minded idiots are acting like an out of date and ignorant parent!!!
ge6822@hotmail.com
689 was selected by Beijing not H.K people. So all his policies are pro-communist
and rubbish. He is guiltily to all citizens.
ejmciii
Just because he governs HK does not mean he is accountable to the people of HK. He was selected by Beijing and it is to Beijing he reports. Why is this surprising? Did anyone think it was going to be different?
CatInAFlap
This growing culture - inherited from the Brits (who are, by the way, past masters at secrecy and world leaders in duplicity) in significant part - and combined with the naturally closed nature of a one-party state - feeds off itself and makes the situation worse. Open up, be transparent and opposition will wither. Unless ofcourse, the reason you aint opening up is because you have something to hide.
CatInAFlap
If this is so normal, why was it kept confidential and required to be outed by Apple Daily?
the sun also rises
all future bureau policy proposals should to factor in likely Mainland reaction is itself a farce or an idiotic act indeed ! I wonder whether our neighbour,the Shenzhen or Guangzhou's governments should take into our reactions regarding their policy proposals ? The one who proposes such illogiacl suggestion is himself a Hong Kong traitor who betrays:'One Country,two systems ' ! Right ?
the sun also rises
Now some politicians can be dubbed as Hong Kong traitors.They are :C.Y.Leung,most Exco.members,pro-establishment and pro-Beijing lawmakers in the Legco.and many district councillors who come from pro-establishment organisations plus the two radical political groups:'Caring Hong Kong Power' and 'Voice of Loving Hong Kong'.Of course,the few mouthpieces of Beijing such as Man Wui Pao,Tai Kung Pao and..some pro-Beijing local magazines and the Federation of Trade Unions and the DAB plus quite a lot of so-called patriotic organisations in this city.Yet totally,they are still the minority of our population who mostly embrace democracy and place the interests of Hong Kong as priority all the time !
likingming
to choose between the bad and the worse, I would rather be a Hong Kong traitor than a China traitor.
tanrex
Cy licks his bosses asses and is now having Hong Kong to do the same.

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