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No-confidence motion against chief executive fails

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 October, 2013, 9:17pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 3:41am

The second vote on a motion of no confidence against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in 10 months was defeated last night after a five-hour debate in the Legislative Council.

The motion had been tabled by Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki who said the city had been "torn apart" since Leung had taken office.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor described the motion as "empty", sparking a fierce exchange between pan-democrats and Beijing loyalists.

I regret to see the legislature, for the fifth time since last year, directing attacks at the chief executive [with the aim] of undermining his constitutional status and credibility
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

The pan-democrats criticised Leung’s integrity, his efforts to tackle housing and poverty issues, his scandal-plagued administration and his meeting this month with Philippine President Benigno Aquino over a fatal hostage incident.

Information technology lawmaker Charles Mok said the latest controversy, over free television licences, was another example of the government becoming "the enemy of Hongkongers".

"The government has shown us it wants a screening mechanism not only in universal suffrage but also in issuing television licences," Mok said. "Then it will hide behind the Executive Council without telling the people the reason behind its decision."

The motion secured majority support of 17-15 among directly elected lawmakers but lost 9-17 in the trade seats. Independent lawmaker Lam Tai-fai and Liberal Party legislators abstained. Legco rules require a motion to be passed in both types of constituencies for a vote to go ahead.

Carrie Lam stood in defence of Leung, saying Kwok’s criticism was “exaggerated” and “untrue”.

"I regret to see the legislature, for the fifth time since last year, directing attacks at the chief executive [with the aim] of undermining his constitutional status and credibility," she said.

Apart from two motions of no confidence, Leung has survived the pan-democrats' attempts to impeach him once and apply Legco's powers and privileges ordinance twice to investigate him.

Beijing-loyalist lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king, also an Exco member, said the public was fed up with pan-democrats who “kept pulling the legs” of the government to inhibit its progress.



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The pro-democrats knew the motion would fail, and yet they decided to go ahead anyway. Emily LAU commented “the government should learn from these motions.” I would venture we have all learnt that the pro-democrats are ’tilting at windmills’ and squandering public resources by tying up LEGCO with pointless debates.
Five hours better spent on doing something useful for a change.
Frankly, in the past couple of months personally I cannot find much fault with CY. It seems he did try to help the victims of the Manila tragedy and has stood firm in his housing sales strategy. No doubt he is under immense pressure to remove the tough measures but he hasn't budged. He isn't my favourite man that's for sure but at least he is much better than bowtie who hasn't done a thing on the issues I stated. Cant we have some peace for awhile and stop this rambling about removing him from office? Let him do his job. If he fails to do so Beijing will remove him as I believe they may have given him an ultimatum.
Except that under the Basic Law, Beijing has no legal mechanism to remove him. CY could be encouraged to do a face saving "heath problems" resignation, but CY could easily tell Beijing to go F themselves and that he is finishing his term to the very bitter end. CY probably wouldn't do something that ballsy though.
That photo is pretty cool, two pups in one photo.
It's just not going to happen, China says "Jump", CY says "How high?" and pretty much the rest of the dogs that are leeching pay off the government just goes "woof woof" in approval in fear of losing the position where they are able to make a bit more side cash through corruption.
To vsa1 point, you do have a point, and if they spent a fraction of the effort trying to solve problems of HK and actually help people in need instead of trying to find new ways to use their positions for personal gain like Paul Chan, then I guess Hong Kong will be moving forward again.
If they spent half as much effort that they use trying to remove CY to try and solve the problems of HK, some of the problems of HK might be solved by now.


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