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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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Scholarism refuses to have dinner with Leung

Student activists say talks with officials on democracy should be 'open and transparent'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 August, 2013, 5:07am

Student-led group Scholarism yesterday rebuffed an invitation to dine with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and discuss political reform, saying they didn't want any "closed-door talks" with the government.

In a statement last night, the group said Ronald Chan Ngok-pang, political assistant to the constitutional and mainland affairs secretary, had issued the invitation for September 17. But it ruled out attending the event.

"We should be … talking to the public. It is meaningless to discuss political reform with the government behind closed doors," the statement said.

Invitations for two dinners at Government House - on September 12 and 17 - were sent out last week to more than 40 academics, professionals, businesspeople and members of non-governmental groups, following an earlier exchange of views at a similar occasion on August 1. They are aimed at giving people of all political hues the chance to discuss universal suffrage.

Among those invited to the September 12 dinner is Dr Chan Kin-man, an organiser of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, of which Leung has been highly critical. Chan said last week he intended to go to the dinner. Society for Community Organisation director Ho Hei-wah was on the September 17 list and said he would not go as he had another engagement.

And Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood chairman Bruce Liu Sing-lee confirmed that he would attend the September 17 dinner.

The government did not disclose the guest lists.

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung said the group turned down the invitation as any meeting with officials should be "open and transparent". The consultation on political reform for the 2017 chief executive poll is expected to start early next year.



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35 yrs to go.. that's the timeline of HK becoming just another Chinese city.. what's the point of political reform when by then everything has to be rolled back?
the sun also rises
this Old Hong Kong really appreciate these youngsters (most of them are no longer teenagers indeed !) for their serious thinking and clear minds.Most importantly, they have less selfishness than most adults who have to think of their job prospects, their daily necessities and relationship with relatives or friends with different political views ! Joshua Wong Chi-fung is right in saying that 'any meeting with officials (even with C.Y.Leung himself) should be open and transparent.' Just look at the dinner meeting of some pan-democrats (e.g.Cheung Man-kwong) with C.Y.a month ago,what concrete results has it borne ? Nothing at all !
'Serious thinking and clear minds'? This not-so-old HK-er despair of immature young people believing that they are clever, and eager to appear in the press in utterly irresponsible actions. If they grow up in future, they will regret their actions. If they don't grow up, they won't. Look at the Red Guards. Just because they were articulate without worry about their jobs did not make them right. This current group will have to learn to tow the line too when they enter the real world.
These kids do not have enough knowledge nor expertise to have a meaningful sit-down discussion or debate on the issue as they would be exposed immediately. They would rather be in a chaotic environment where they can freely shout out obscenities and rehe****d slogans. How absurd is the notion that government reform is not done behind closed doors. The Declaration of Independence was done behind closed doors by an elite few, not in an open public stage for all to participate in.
Scholarism should have accepted the invitation. This was a good opportunity to express their view. Personally I think it is a very good sign that the government is inviting various groups to discuss universal suffrage.
A refusal to discuss is stupid.


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