Leung Chun-ying

It’s illegal for Hong Kong’s leader to take up China role, former civil servant claims in writ

Cheung Chau resident says chief executive must get permission from Civil Service Bureau to serve in CPPCC post

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 10:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 March, 2017, 10:49pm

A Cheung Chau resident has applied for a judicial review of Leung Chun-ying’s unprecedented new dual leadership role as chief executive and a vice-chairman of Beijing’s top political advisory body, accusing the city’s leader of moonlighting.

In a writ filed on Wednesday, Kwok Cheuk-kin demanded the High Court declare that Leung had acted illegally in taking the post without the permission of the Civil Service Bureau and asked bureau chief Clement Cheung Wan-ching to enforce the law.

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“It was illegal for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to take up a second post as Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) vice-chairman without the Civil Service Bureau’s permission,” Kwok wrote. “The Secretary for the Civil Service should act in accordance with the law, or it would be a dereliction of duty.”

Kwok, a former civil servant known for his pursuit of judicial reviews, said Cheung’s non-enforcement was a breach of the Civil Service Code as Leung would receive 12,000 yuan (HK$13,450) a month as CPPCC vice-chairman.

“Even the commissioner of police had to go through a freezing period after his term of office. Why can Leung earn extra cash?” he asked outside court.

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Leung was elected to the top national body on Monday after 2,066 delegates voted in favour of a motion to name him a vice-chairman on the last day of the annual plenary meeting in Beijing.

His elevation came amid strong objections from pan-democrats, who argued the practice went against the principle of “one country, two systems”.

Beijing officials earlier said Leung was nominated as a CPPCC vice-chairman because of his firm stance against the Occupy pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2014 and pro-independence advocacy over the past couple of years.