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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
CY Leung should be respected for trying to stem the tidal wave of privilege that has benefitted very few people in Hong Kong but lined the pockets of tycoons for decades; of course change comes slowly but to simply criticize for that purpose is folly; CY has attempted to stem the rampant rise in property prices and address some of the needs of the elderly; of course it is not complete and massive problems face HK, not least CY's laughable inability to address our worsening pollution. Those always calling for free and fair elections of our CE need to also remember that HK is not a country, we a just another city in China, and in terms of GDP, not that important anymore. Hong Kong has serious problems and it requires serious changes in the way in which this city is run; CY is proving capable in some areas and inadequate in others, no different to other leaders anywhere. CY Leung has the ability and the power to effect change in HK, what he does need to do is lead with conviction and stem the verbal diarrhea that the pro democracy groups keep throwing in his face; CY needs to make things start to happen
johnh
"...HK is not a country, we a just another city in China"
Wow. Someone needs to google "Hong Kong" and learn something.
John Adams
Well spoken !
An excellent summary and I agree !
Dai Muff
"hose always calling for free and fair elections of our CE need to also remember that HK is not a country, we a just another city in China, " We are an SAR. And one that is PROMISED free and fair elections in the Basic Law, and Joint Declaration.
Camel
It is a Special Administrated Region and not a country.
Dai Muff
No it is a special AdministratIVE region. And one that is PROMISED free and fair elections in the Basic Law, and Joint Declaration. It is always ironic when the Big China supporters make its leaders into liars.
Camel
Of all choices, Henry Tang was a playing ball of the tycoons. He would have made a duplicate of Donald Tsangs Administration. CY Leung is a tricky and please-do-not-trust-him politician but at least he is doing something to improve the live of all Hkners and not only the rich. Albert Ho??? Just talking talking talking but no really plan how to run this city, so not a real option as with him, for sure the city won't survive the first year of his administration. And that he is no better than what he proclaims for himself or not able to live up to his own standard he showed when he enjoyed his holidays with his family on Cathays costs in Europe. Just a big mouth and a hypercrit.
Hollander323
Hope that the universities would carry out a popularity vote for Tien. With the results available, Tien would then know how he is being looked at by the HK people. Only then, he would stop spilling all these ****s in the public no more.
nkthean
James Tien & some of the so-called pan-democrats are good reasons for a devisive HK. This is guy, whilst speaking, is always ready to "flip-flop" on anything ! Everything and everytime, they speak, they are so negative. Why don't they just leave and go away ? Despite being in the legistature for so many years, they are doing NOTHING good for HK. If he is so against CY, why don't he vote against him (he wouldn't dare, as he only abstain). The only reason he is having sour grapes is because he and his mate (both with silver spoons), Henry Tang cannot rule HK. It would even be a bigger disaster if Henry was elected. Grow up, James, you always speak and think you are representing the people of HK, No, No, you definitely cannot represent me and a lot of people !
Dai Muff
He doesn't represent me either. But then, neither does CY.

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