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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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johnyuan
Mr. Tien being a seasoned politician in Hong Kong he must recognize that Hong Kong politics have changed forever. I must say since the hangover especially of Donald Tsang being caught and reported of his personal close ties with local property developers, public and press had an ugly awakening that collusion in Hong Kong between government and property developers is a fact and no longer a guessing. It is a watershed awakening. People rejected that business should be run as usual. The effect is, CY Leung and his administration must conduct within the new awareness and stop the old practice. He will offend the old guards for sure.
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So Mr. Tien, I can assure you no one can do any better than CY Leung being not so an insider. Not Henry Tang or especially you if thinking a political coalition can be had like in the good old days greased by collusion. Both the people and press are watching.
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Without reform, the colonial culture will persist with practices no longer acceptable by public. Why living in a cage and shoebox? Why eating expansive rice? Why flying dear with little choice? Why persisting roadside air pollution?
aplucky1
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
chuchu59
Should TUNG be selected(not elected) after LEUNG, most Hong Kong people would welcome him with open arms. When TUNG was CE, who would have guessed his succesors would have gotten worse. Actually, he lacked political experience and guile but he was a forthright person who truly cared for this place. An appropriate choice at that time but hindered by his lack of experience.
Dai Muff
Tung was the least worst. I suppose that's "best" by default.
SpeakFreely
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?
Dai Muff
At least HK people cannot be blamed for electing CY.
daily
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 sun also rises
Can the local pro-establishment camp elements unite and support Leung as Wang Guanya called for last March ? The chance looks dim ----very dim,I should say.Liberal Party's Tien Pak-chun has said the truth---------the choice of C.Y.to be our third chief executive is a wrong option between Henry Tang (who was found to have constructed a huge underground illegal structure during his election campaign last March) and C.Y.Yet Henry has strong support from elites in town and he also acts and looks more honest though maybe also clumsier and not so smart as C.Y. But we Hongkongers (at least most of us) would like to have Tang instead of Leung after all these months' miserable governance of C.Y. Right ?
Dai Muff
The "Liberals" don't like him, the DAB doesn't much like him, and even Tsang Yok-sing has criticised him. That's a good range of opponents before you even get into the pan-Democrats.
rpasea
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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