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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 likens Exco to jury in defending secrecy on HKTV ruling

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 November, 2013, 5:03am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 November, 2013, 5:03am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has compared his cabinet - the Executive Council - to a jury as he again defended the controversial decision to deny Hong Kong Television Network's application for a free-to-air TV licence.

Leung faced questions yesterday from 124 residents who attended RTHK's forum programme Voices from the Hall.

The government has cited Exco's confidentiality rule and refused to explain its decision to grant free-TV licences to subsidiaries of i-Cable and PCCW, but not HKTV.

Asked whether the government would have the same response if pushed to explain any other decision, such as reviving a contentious policy such as introducing national-security legislation, Leung replied: "When [the Executive Council] publicises policy decisions, we cannot publicise our rationale, especially in decisions on commercial [matters]. It's like a jury … after a jury retires for deliberation, they tell the judge what their decision is but they don't tell the judge or the court the rationale behind it.

"As long as the system and the laws are like that, and as long as they are not changed, the Executive Council will work that way."

Speaking separately, lawmaker and former Bar Association chairman Ronny Tong Ka-wah said he was shocked by Leung's comparison.

"A jury mainly deals with the evidence in court, and it is the judge's job to reach a verdict based on legal [principles]. So Leung's analogy is not only irrelevant, but also shows his ignorance of the judicial system."

Tong added that in court, a judge was required to give detailed explanations of rulings - something he said Leung had failed to do after the licensing decision was made.

Those at the forum yesterday were invited to attend by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme as community representatives.

Leung was asked to consider handing out cash in his next policy speech in January, after casino-rich Macau recently announced a record handout of 9,000 patacas for each of its 570,000 permanent residents.

But Leung dismissed the idea, saying: "If the government has the finances, I think our cash should go to the needy, including low-income families and disabled people, and to encourage Hong Kong's social and economic development."

During the forum, the chief executive - whose disapproval rating has risen to 63 per cent - was also asked to step down.

Leung replied that while he valued public opinion, "polls also show that some lawmakers don't have high popularity ratings - but I wouldn't ask them to quit".

Outside RTHK, protesters scuffled with police when Scholarism activists - including Joshua Wong Chi-fung - tried unsuccessfully to hand a petition to Leung. It called for voters to be given the right to nominate chief executive candidates in 2017.

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chuchu59
This is BS. Though a jury makes its decisions behind closed doors both the plaintiff and defendant present their cases in the open and their arguments are transparent to the public. Exco does not allow the public to know what the applicants had presented. Fair enough! However, the reason for refusal must be made known as the applicants were not able to show their worth openly unlike a court. The whole darn thing is shrouded in secrecy unlike the courts. Don't drag the Judiciary and jury into the scandal will ya CY?
dynamco
Leung should learn from his office manager Edward Yau before he puts his foot further down his mouth - take a First Class overseas trip somewhere irrelevant to his job & ignore the local problems he has created or done nothing to abate
Perhaps Leung is not aware that evidence is produced in open court which the public has right of access to .......
The ramifications of the EXCO HKTV decision mean that the gang of 16 officials versus the motley 14 unofficials will always carry the swing & then be deemed a collective decision even if all 14 motleys opposed
i.e. rubber stamp what the Govt wants to do or rather, what it is told to do by the Northern puppet master
Slippery sliding slope ...............

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