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Chief executive again denies problem between executive and legislature

CY again denies conflict while house committee chairman says relations between executive and the legislature are at 'lowest point ever'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 4:12am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 8:42am

For the second time in six days, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has dismissed any suggestion of a problem between the executive and the legislature - prompting the Legislative Council chief to suggest Leung could be oversimplifying the matter.

The Legco house committee chairman also weighed into the debate, saying that the ties between lawmakers and the executive branch had descended to "the lowest point ever", with both sides now appearing more "ready for a fight" than for cooperation.

"There is no problem between the executive and legislative branches," Leung said before yesterday's Executive Committee meeting.

"But there's a problem within Legco - which is that several lawmakers have repeatedly used filibustering to stop other lawmakers from scrutinising, approving or vetoing the government's proposals and motions."

He was referring to radical pan-democrats' threat to stage more filibusters if the government refused to remove funding applications for its controversial waste infrastructure plans.

But Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said that if the chief executive saw the problem as lying only with a minority of three to four lawmakers, "I think this is seeing the problem in a simple manner".

"[Last Thursday,] all the pan-democrat lawmakers stood up and walked out in protest against the chief executive," he said. "I don't think the public would accept that as a normal executive-legislative relationship."

During that session, Leung urged lawmakers to think about why Legco's work could be manipulated by radicals to "hijack" the city's development.

Tsang later told reporters that Leung should reflect on how to serve Hongkongers better.

Yesterday, House Committee chairman Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said that during the current legislative session there had not only been no improvement in relations but "it has reached a stage where [both sides] appear to be ready for a fight".

"There's no doubt that the executive branch should work with the Legco, and … not just to get the pro-establishment camp's votes," he said.

"There should be communication with the pan-democrats to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings as soon as possible."

Committee vice-chairman Ronny Tong Ka-wah said there were many countries where the administration did not have a majority in the parliament and often resorted to "backroom politics" in an effort to iron out differences behind closed doors.

"But it would appear C. Y. Leung doesn't know how to do this," he said.

Legco's Finance Committee is considering holding an extra eight-hour meeting on Saturday to ease a backlog of more than 40 government funding requests before the legislature shuts down for the summer recess.

The meeting would consist of four more sessions to be held the day after its last scheduled meeting.

Those proposals include cash for the reconstruction of Queen Mary Hospital.



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As always Jasper Tsang speaks sense. Legco is harassing him, the public is losing faith in him, and Beijing is fretting, it is little wonder why CY is feeling rather lonely. Someone should give him a big hug.
CY Leung doesn’t think there’s a problem between him and Legco, eh?
He probably also doesn’t think HK has a pollution problem. Or an aging population problem. Or a property pricing problem.
He probably also thinks his approval rating is through the roof since he’s doing such a great job in office.
The problem is only a few individuals, and then the lynch mob mentality which prevails in all communities. Very few individuals out there. Most shuffle along with one crowd or another.
Although, who knows, maybe CY Leung has his eyes on China politics - maybe he fancies a position in the Central Committee or even the Politburo! In which case he would probably not be overly worried about Hong Kong's fate in the long run.
Possibly the greatest most positive thing CY Leung could do in his whole life (literally) is step down from HK politics - resign from position of CEO. And I'm not saying this because I despise him and all that he stands for (I do) - No! I'm saying it because I think this single act may be the only thing that could save HK from the explosive confrontation that we now are headed towards. Leung's resignation would defuse the bomb that will eventually destroy HK' special autonomous status. CY Leung could have it written about him in future histories that his selflessness saved HK and goodness knows what else as well as a result of knock on effect. Or he could have it written that he was HK's most despised CEO who presided over the destruction of HK as a free and autonomous region of China.
perhaps if they came up with sensible policies that gained public support instead of DAB and FuncConst sell-their-souls rubber stamping there would not be this problem


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