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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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Chief Executive Leung backs police over Mong Kok melee

Chief executive insists officers were provoked as he addresses public forum, and also says Exco members who quit deserve apologies

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 8:57am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying defended the police and hit back at critics of his administration yesterday at a meeting in Tin Shui Wai, the new town known as the "City of Sadness".

He also took the opportunity to attack the pan-democrats' filibustering in Legco.

Leung started his speech by expressing support for the police handling of the melee in Mong Kok on August 4, when groups clashed over teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze's verbal attack on officers the previous month.

"We could not tolerate the small group of people who used the opportunity … to express their personal dissatisfaction with our police force," he said.

In a rare move, he also announced he had ordered the education chief to submit a report on the Lam case.

Leung said: "I stress that the police force who carried out their duty to defend public order was fair, neutral, unbiased and acting in accordance with the law.

"As we can see on internet videos, there were protesters there who provoked the police in different ways … The Hong Kong police exercised forbearance, while enforcing the law."

Leung reiterated that former Executive Council members Franklin Lam Fan-keung and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen deserved apologies from the people that reported them to the Independent Commission Against Corruption over possible conflicts of interest.

Lam, who was accused of profiting from inside information by selling two flats ahead of the introduction of new stamp duties, resigned this month, hours after the Department of Justice said it had insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The ICAC also said it would not follow up on the Cheung case without further evidence.

He quit all his public posts in May when his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange came under criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

Leung said: "After the ICAC cleared Lam, not one person - including those who reported him or the political parties who stirred up the incident - said sorry to Lam, publicly or privately.

"The people who reported Cheung, too, did not apologise to him."

Leung stressed that the ICAC should not be used as "a political tool" and pointed out the government had now reviewed its conflict-of-interest guidelines for ministers.

The Democratic Party's chief executive, Lam Cheuk-ting, a former anti-graft investigator, said Leung's call to apologise was an "outrageous joke".

He said that the chief executive should not put pressure on ICAC or deter the public from reporting any suspicious case to the graft-buster.

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sundaydriver
CY makes Sarah Palin look like a genius.
walkup
CY has some useful points to make but because his own reputation has been tarnished his words fall on deaf ears.
Sugelanren
Don't you think that China's plans to forment trouble in Hong Kong are going rather well? They have a number of parties all stirred up and it will get worse - giving the Party, the opportunity to step in and restore peace!
blue
The only way for the Party to restore peace in HK is giving HK people a semi open ballot in 2017 that allows pan-democratic and pro-establishment politicians the opportunity to run for Chief Executive and be elected via one person,one vote. The Chief Executive-elect chosen by universal suffrage should then be appointed by the Central People's Government.

Beijing has more important matters to deal with. As long as no CE candidate is openly denouncing the Central People's Government, they should be allowed to run.
the sun also rises
silent is the night,
so sad was the scene !
a forum in Tin Shui Wai
turns out to be a battlefield
outside, pro-leung and anti-leung
involved in a scuffle /melee !
a fat boy even actively
took part in it !
did he know what he was doing ?
being manipulated by grown-ups
with hidden agenda--------to badmouth those
pan-democrats in town for violence
used during the forum---which should be on livelihood !
Yet turned out to be a solo-show
of C.Y. who accused the pan-democrats
and pointed his finger at
ms lam wai-sze who safeguarded
the battered Falun Gong harassed
by Youth Care Association !
ICAC was said to be used as
a political tool ! how about the cops
under the hawkish gary tsang ?
we can only wait for his earlier
retirement and mr.Lo Wai-kwok
(who will become his deputy tomorrow !
to succeed tsang as soon
as possible to calm down the
heat between cops and citizens
in town !
anotherguy
aloysha, mind your own language. U r the kind of people HK should be rid off. Strong words and personal attack doesnt lead to anything.
alyosha
Evil Leung should be the one whom be scold by foul language!
chuchu59
These statements are what gives pro-Leung supporters ammunition. This sort of thing achieves nothing and lends credence to a belief that anti-Leung people are mainly morons. In fact, there are many civilized people that can come up with sound arguments against the administration. Such malicious attacks leads you nowhere and the more of this nonsense the further we shall be from full universal suffrage.
agnescts
I have posted a number of replies here but why aren't they shown here? Have the editors swallowed them to make this thread politically righteous?! Everybody has the right to exercise freedom of speech but if some replies have been burried, hidden or deleted just because they pin your eyes then I would just say, "It's a real shame, SCMP."

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