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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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Leung Chun-ying 'wrong choice' as Hong Kong's CE, says James Tien

Criticism by Liberal Party leader highlights split in pro-establishment camp over the chief executive's dismal job performance ratings

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 August, 2013, 5:50am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is doing a worse job than his predecessors and the city will "go nowhere but down" if he continues to govern as he has in recent months, says Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun.

In a public outburst that underlined the rift in the pro-establishment camp, Tien also said Leung was the "wrong choice" for the top job. He added that the city would have been better off had rival candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen been elected in March last year. Tien supported Tang in his campaign.

His remarks come amid repeated calls from Beijing for unity. But Tien blamed Leung for division within the camp. He also called for the formation of a coalition to help improve governance.

"The so-called Leung camp is very small," he told ATV's Newsline yesterday. "Only a few executive councillors are from his camp. I don't think the ministers are all in the same boat … if you ask the lawmakers from the pro-establishment camp, I'm sure the majority will say 'I am not from the Leung camp'.

"To be the chief executive, you have to accommodate more people in your camp, to share your power and authority from either the functional constituency or directly elected lawmakers," he added. "But he is not uniting the people of Hong Kong."

Tien said the pro-establishment camp was not kept informed about what the government planned to do, and Leung's administration did not co-operate with Legco or its allies. "We represent a big group of people in Hong Kong. But we have no means of expressing our views on behalf of our voters," he said.

Asked how he would rate Leung's performance, Tien said Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen - the two chief executives elected since the handover in 1997 - were "definitely" better than Leung. "He was the wrong choice. Tang was not a good choice, either. We hoped C.Y. would do better."

Leung's approval rating plunged to a record low of 45.7 points out of 100 in a July poll.

Tien was not confident Leung would see out his term. "I hope he can last but I am not confident that he will - just look at [his rating]," he said. "If Hong Kong is to go four more years under Leung's leadership as it stands, I think it will be pretty sad. Hong Kong will go nowhere but down."

But Tien insisted he would not run for the top job himself in 2017. "I will be 70 and I think we need a leader, hopefully in his 50s, who is on the up," he said.

Beijing officials, including Wang Guangya , director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, have called for unity and support for Leung. ["I hope] the camp can unite and increase its fighting strength and influence," Wang said in March.


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HK needs full democracy. They have 7 million people to ask who they want for CE. Instead they choose to ask a small select group in Beijing who they want for leaders??!! Why??
Why, scmpgt? One can only assume it is because they are afraid of us. In reality, I don't believe they need to be afraid of true universal suffrage in HK. It will do HK a lot of good and will reflect well on BJ; but how do we make frightened people see that?
Or perhaps those frightened people like to see HK weak and divided?
John Adams
I guess that there's one positive thing that can be concluded from today's frenzied almost -all negative comment correspondence on Mr Tien's speech (58 comments to date) ; which is this:
HK is certainly not a constitutional democracy, and never will be so.
But yet HK does somehow behave much more like a real democracy than modern countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, ...the Philippines (!) etc which are democracies in name but just the opposite in practice. So in HK's weird current legal-political in limbo status we do still have some kind of in-built system which prevents total idiots or total despots from getting into power.
Thus total idiots like Mr Tien can spout as much inane rubbish as they like but they will never become CE ! .
Thank God !
"HK is certainly not a constitutional democracy, and never will be so."
That is only your opinion sir, no one can predict the future. However...Hong Kong is promised to adopt Universal Suffrage as agreed upon by both Britain & China. What the results are, is up to the people of Hong Kong.
"London is the capital of a democratic society, Beijing is not. Not for one moment will Beijing or the Party allow the smallest fracture to appear in its future governance of all its land, and this, wether we like it or not, includes Hong Kong."

How can you say this with a straight face? It is irrelevant whether or not Beijing is a democratic capital. Beijing promised universal suffrage when they signed the Joint Declaration. Furthermore, the Basic Law itself promises it in Article 45.

How can Beijing renege on their promise without looking totally insecure, weak, and illegitimate?

If Beijing wants to look confident, strong, as well as turn every HK person into a Patriot overnight, then they need to offer genuine universal suffrage to HK in 2017.

Even with universal suffrage, Beijing will still hold the power of appointment in the same way that the sovereign of the Cayman Islands does.

Sooner or later China will have to go through political reform anyway, much in the same way Taiwan did. KMT was exactly like the CCP: A Leninist political party ruling under a one party state. After political reform, the KMT truly reinvented themselves and continues to enjoy power in a democratic Taiwan.

China has a very unique opportunity because they can use HK has a test lab for political reform well before they need to worry about implementing it in the rest of the nation.
Does anybody else see how so many of the stories appearing in the HK News section of this rag these days all stem from one root cause: HK's lack of accountable government elected by a one-person-one-vote electorate?
I realise that an accountable government elected by a one-person-one-vote electorate would not solve our problems over night; but, provided that we don't allow our version of that system to become corrupted like it has been in the west, it would at least give us a workable framework through which to address our issues successfully.
I can only assume that the powers that be want to see HK weak and divided indefinitely. Why do we put up with it/them?!
Tanks are gathering at Lok Ma Chau ........
@mdap: True democracy WILL happen for Hong Kong. It's guaranteed in the Basic Law, and real Hong Kongers will see that it is realized. If you don't like Democracy, you can move back to China or North Korea
Well tomorrow I will play golf at Fanling, then in the evening I will host a dinner at Hong Kong Club, so perhaps I will stay in Hong Kong, my home!




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