Pro-Beijing Ng critical of Exco convener’s HKTV remarks

Former deputy to the National People’s Congress Ng Hon-mun says it would “not be very good” for Lam Woon-kwong to voice opinions on HKTV saga

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 6:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 6:02pm

A pro-Beijing political figure on Thursday criticised Executive Council convener Lam Woon-kwong for “saying a little too much” about the television licence saga.

Ng Hon-mun, a former deputy to the National People’s Congress, said Lam, as convener of the chief executive’s top advisory body, should follow the government’s mind.

If Lam’s view was at odds with the administration, it would “not be very good” for him to speak out openly, Ng said after a lunch on Thursday.

Lam on Sunday urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to thoroughly review the process that led to the decision to reject Hong Kong Television Network’s application for a free-to-air licence.

There was a large gap between the Executive Council’s decision and public expectations, he said.

On whether the TV licence decision should be taken to court for judicial review, Ng echoed former chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang’s views that the courts were not the right place to solve political problems.

HKTV, its staff and supporters have been protesting after Leung’s administration rejected the company’s licence bid last month. The government has since refused to disclose in any detail the reasons for the decision.

Leung only repeated that the decision, made by himself together with his advisers in Exco, were in line with the law, established policies and procedure.