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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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Adapt to a changing order, says CY Leung in National Day speech

Chief executive calls on Hongkongers to seize opportunities for both co-operation and competition as the nation moves forward

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 October, 2013, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 October, 2013, 10:13am

Hongkongers need to adapt to the changing regional and world order and identify new ways in which the city can contribute to the nation's development, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in a speech to mark National Day.

Leung called on the city's residents to "contribute to the progress of China" while working for the prosperity of Hong Kong. He said his government "attaches great importance" to boosting co-operation with the mainland, but that a new emerging regional and global order would bring both opportunities for competition and co-operation.

The world is changing, China is moving forward. Hong Kong should [identify] new functions we can perform

But former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, Leung's rival in the election for the city's top job last year, reminded the chief executive of the importance of accepting criticism, after a number of government policies had been "questioned" since Leung took office.

Leung spoke at a National Day reception at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai yesterday, after attending a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square alongside his predecessors Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was absent a year ago.

The speech came amid debate over whether Shanghai's new free-trade zone will threaten Hong Kong's position as China's pre-eminent international financial centre.

"The world is changing, China is moving forward," Leung said. "Hong Kong should [identify] new functions we can perform.

"As Chinese, we, together with all people of China, should make contributions to the development of our country while doing our best to maintain the prosperity and stability of [the city]."

Outside the reception, Tang indicated that Leung had little room to feel content. He said the city had faced many challenges in the past year and "many government policies had [attracted] comments and questions from all directions". The administration must "maintain an open attitude, listen to opinions and accept criticism", he said.

Tang also countered Leung's recent criticism of the previous government, in which Tang served as chief secretary, that it had been passive in its thinking.

"Opinions and criticisms can be raised about [any government's] inadequacies, and [officials] should have the capacity to accept them," Tang said. "But if they have tried their best, their efforts should be acknowledged."

Shortly after the flag-raising ceremony, Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily reported on its website that "the chief executive will resign soon" when it meant to say "the chief executive will give a speech soon". Ming Pao issued a correction and apologised two hours later, acknowledging it had "made a big mistake".

Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, who was invited to the reception, was refused entry because he wore sneakers.

About 40 people from student group Scholarism staged a protest, but complained they were restricted to an area far from the flag-raising ceremony. Two members were taken away by security guards.

In a National Day variety show last night, Tung praised Leung for being "progressive and pragmatic" in rolling out economic and livelihood policies.

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Concluding his speech, Leung turned toward the cameras of the attending CCTV crew and said (in Mandarin): 'President Xi, Premier Li, please come and visit Regina and me in Hong Kong again. I will personally lick the soles of your shoes until they shine as brightly as the star of your leadership. Forget the people of Hong Kong, I am here here to serve you and only you, and I am so looking forward to being bumped up to whatever meaningless CCP post you have in mind for me after I get booted out of office in 2017, or well before that.'

After the speech, the Chief Executive was seen slowly but surely heading in the direction of oblivion while his predecessor, Donald Tsang, hastily fled the scene as an angry mob armed with barbecue forks and counterfeit LV bags approached, scanting things like 'Come here you useless piece of landfill and let us give you 6,000 hand-outs!'
Ha ha ha! Very funny nut sadly true!




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