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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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John Adams
True, very true !
Imagine 5 years of people like Tang and Tien running HK !
First HK people are so foolish electing people like Tien as a legco member. Second, please ignore Tien's opinions if you all remember not long ago Donald was highly raised and elected with excellent long term civil servant experience and track record, but look at what had he did to Hk? Are you all happy? The issue with HK politicians are they are to selfish. Period. Now Tien is promoting Lam and Tsang, why would you trust him again?
John Adams
I hope Liberal Party leader Mr James Tien Pei-chun is reading all these comments because if he doing so , he will - I hope - now understand that as long as people like him lead and represent the Liberal party they don't have a cat in hell's chance of ever governing HK
Talk about only opening mouth to change feet !
Hong Kong is at a critical state right now, can we really go another 4 years of CY "leadership"? It's time for Hong Kong Chinese to rise up and take control of the city we love
and let the political uneducated people vote for self-publicists, dabblers, rascals and troublemakers like Albert Ho, Long Hair and all of the People Power rascals?
The majority of the people of HK is too uneducated if it comes to politics. They lack of responsibility and view what will happen to society and the city with their vote.
Of course Tang will be a better choice Tien, cause that sorry little clown can is a puppet part own by you too.
unless THEY are in charge they all complain like little b i t c h e s
tung chee wah was the best, he really tried to do something, but they all complained about him till they got their wish
Dai Muff
At least HK people cannot be blamed for electing CY.
Isn't it a bit obvious?............I think this is what most of HK citizens have felt since CY was elected.........I doubt his ratings is even around 45%...........he must have fudged some of the figures because of all that has happened, I would imagine his approval to be less than 20%..........I could not imagine anyone out there being worse than Donald Tsang but CY has proved me wrong...........he is the worse of he worse..........
The choice between Henry and CY was one between two bad options. Neither is suitable but I would say CY was the lesser of the 2 evils. At least CY has not told his wife to take the blame for anything as far as we know.



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