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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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Dai Muff
He doesn't represent me either. But then, neither does CY.
SpeakFreely
So who represent you? Ho? Long hair? Audrey? IP? What's the different? These bung of useless people besides supporting lam to crack down on illegal structure, scream and yell, had they make Hk housing better? Have they helped to reduce or poverty? Pollution? I think the Old colonial system has created a Slavy thinkings amongst people, most are rebellion but frigthen not too follow the civil servants turned politicians as they have lots of eperience ! of what? That's why old dog like James Tiens are still elected, that's why some even want to elect the old lady ex legco chair despite she said she was to old. That's why people want the current chair to be the CE despite he was skeptical all the time taking the job. Would u hire a guy come to interview and keep saying didn't want the job? But Hk people keep loving this nonsense! Keep want to hire a guy not wanting for the job...this is all very pitty joke...
Another Social Critics...
Seeing How that 'CY' in Abusing governmental Resources like HK's Police, ICAC against Those in Opposing Him Voluntarily...
Like Mrs. Lam - Teacher, even Ex-ICAC's commissioner, Ex-'CE' & ...
More are Coming...
Seeing How that 'CY' in Utilizing those Individuals & Parties in Favoring Him for Returns...
Like DAB members, Chow Yung, 'Voice of Love-HK' & ...
More are Coming...
Seeing How that 'CY' in Linking with Senior Triad Members in Employing those Individuals & Parties in Supporting Him for Returns...
Like those Triad gangs in its Campaign for 'CE', as well as, recent TinShuiWai's incident & ...
More are Coming...

How that 'CY' & Its Related Group in Manipulating various governmental Policies & Tactics in
Favoring Themselves for Self-Profiteering...
Like Stepping down... Barry Cheung, Lam F.K., coming Paul Chan & ...
More are coming...
Resemble much Alike that BoXiLai's Cunning, Tricky, Resist & Reluctant to Admit its
... 'Evil Nature'...
Abuses of Power, Manipulation of Power in Self-Profiteering, Coming Prosecution in Corruption & ...
More are Coming Exposed...
Central China Government should be UpRooting that 'CY' & Its Related Group...
IMMEDIATELY
In Restoration of HKSAR's Peoples Best Interest & Harmony & ...
Its International Reputation as Managed Properly & Legitimately...
Do HK's Peoples another Great Achievement!!!
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 !
johnh
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
sipsip1238
CY is doing just fine and perfect for the job, where else will you find someone of as high obedience and moral ignorance. What Tien should say is that CY's selection is not doing what's best for Hong Kong, but as far as PRC's intended use for the HK CE, I think there's no one that suits the role better.
Sigh...Guess it is true that it takes decades to build something special out of a city and it takes barely a moment to turn everyone into corrupted parasites.
caractacus
Tien may be right about CY governing poorly, being unable to draw people together and that HK needs a coalition government, but he is dead wrong about one thing: Almost all agree the one good thing about CY's election is it kept Henry Tang and his business tycoon friends out of office.
John Adams
True, very true !
Imagine 5 years of people like Tang and Tien running HK !
dynamco
this shows the level to which Legco members have now sunk. Is that the born-with-silver-spoon James Tien who threatened the former head of the MTR for supporting a Civic Party member instead of a Liberal party goon ? (to whom he was later forced to apologize)
This is the cauldron calling the teapot black. Sad as it is we got the better of two bad CE choices.
Ironic that when the Govt finally adopted the anti smoking laws here the Liberal party finances suddenly dropped several million dollars. They only managed to delay the anti smoking legislation for 6 years @ 7,000 deaths per year whilst their party frontman, twenty dollar Cheung spewed about doom and gloom.
As for supporting the born-with-silver-spoon wife blaming buffoon who could not go anywhere without his speech writer that shows Tien should never back horses with the family fortune.
maecheung
"He added that the city would have been better off had rival candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen been elected in March last year." Tien also said "We represent a big group of people in Hong Kong."
What a bunch of BS. Yes HK is going down with lawmakers like James Tien, Long Hair, and company. James only represent the wealthy big business group which practically ran the city in the past and creating all these livelihood issues now facing HK. We should abolish the functional constituency lawmakers who are just self interested groups.

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