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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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mdap
@blue - I like your logical response and I agree that in a perfect world perhaps a Cayman or BVI system would be welcomed; however Beijing is not London, 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.
henleyhk
mdap, BJ signed the Joint Declaration and agreed to the Basic Law, which grants HK and its people certain rights and responsibilities, including the rights to govern themselves, make their own laws and enjoy elections by universal suffrage. You're surely not suggesting that BJ would renege on agreements binding in international law/courts?!
mdap
and to conclude my comments here, regardless of how he is elected, we can all hope that the next C.E. is Bernard Chan !
mdap
True democracy for Hong Kong will never happen! If you want 'democracy' then you need to live in a COUNTRY that has it - i.e. Britain, Australia, Canada etc; you have numerous choices and can emigrate to anyone of these. Hong Kong is not an independent state, yes it is an SAR as defined under the Basic Law, but even that is only good for 50 years! The right to elect the Chief Executive will come, but the fact will remain that this will be about as useful as being the Mayor of Chicago or the Mayor of London, ultimately the law of the land will rule and the law of the land that Hong Kong sits upon is China! England could have kept Hong Kong island as the original treaty ceded the island "in perpetuity"; however what good is Hong Kong Island without the New Territories! The same applies to this day, Hong Kong without China simply fails to work; You think 11 million people across the border in Shenzen and the new road to Macau and Zuhai represent anything other than the eventual amalgamation of Hong Kong in to a super city governed and ruled by Beijing.
blue
"Ultimately the law of the land will rule and the law of the land that Hong Kong sits upon is China! "

Chinese law (except for select Chinese laws mentioned in the Basic Law such as the Chinese Nationality Law) doesn't apply in Hong Kong, and HK is free to make its own laws. It was also promised universal suffrage, and it's NOT impossible for a non sovereign state to have universal suffrage. The Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands are excellent examples of territories which are not sovereign states, but they still have universal suffrage.

HK is anything but another Chinese city.
johnh
@mdap: Have you googled the part about the Basic Law, signed by the CCP which promises Hong Kong Universal Suffrage? Are you going to acknowledge that HK is a territory of Communist China, but then deny our right to true Democracy? You can't have one without the other.
mdap
For those clearly holding a BASIC education;
Hong Kong (香港) is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China
mdap
OK I CHALLENGE ANYONE TO 'GOOGLE HONG KONG' AND SHOW ME THE SOVEREIGN COUNTRY KNOWN AS HONG KONG!
blue
Whenever I order any products online, for some reason I have to select my country as "Hong Kong SAR" in the order form rather than "China".
mdap
Yes, but this is also slowly changing ...

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