Don’t reappoint unpopular ministers, Civic Party says in list of demands for incoming leader Carrie Lam
Set of five dos and don’ts also includes saying no to “interference” from Beijing’s liaison office
Do not reappoint the current finance and education ministers and say no to “interference” from Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, the Civic Party has urged the city’s incoming leader.
Those were two of the Civic Party’s demands for Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, to whom its members presented a list of five dos and five don’ts during a one hour and forty minute meeting at the chief executive-elect’s office in Central on Monday.
Speaking after the meeting, party chairman and former legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit said Lam should implement their suggestions within the first 100 days of her taking office on July 1.
“We urged the chief executive-elect to win the support of the Hong Kong people by demonstrating her determination to turn over a new leaf,” Leong said, in a reference to political conflicts during outgoing chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s term, which began in 2012.
“If she can complete those tasks, the Hong Kong people will be willing to give her a chance and closely observe what she says or does.”
The Civic Party’s five “don’ts” for Lam include “appeasing the liaison office’s meddling” in affairs within Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy; ignoring procedural justice; and evading her responsibility to relaunch the political reform process to achieve a popular ballot for the city’s leadership.
Those were issues the party had criticised Leung and Lam, formerly the city’s No 2 official, over in the past, though both had previously denied such accusations.
On Lam’s top priorities, Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu said she must not reappoint unpopular ministers such as the current financial secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and education secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim.
Last week, the Post reported that while Lam is expected to recommend the promotion of education undersecretary Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Chan was tipped to continue in his role as Lam was struggling to find fresh talent. Lam‘s final cabinet line-up is subject to Beijing’s approval and official appointment.
Referring to Chan’s likely reappointment, Leong said: “I’ve told Lam that while there could be many constraints in forming a cabinet, the appointment of members into advisory and statutory bodies must be based on merit.”
Yeung also urged Lam to communicate with all lawmakers, as several localist lawmakers said she had yet to invite them to meet her to discuss Hong Kong’s governance over the next five years.
Civic Party’s list of demands
1. Appoint people based on merit
2. Communicate with all lawmakers
4. Defend rule of law and scrap plan to co-locate mainland and local officers at West Kowloon rail terminus
5. Scrap Basic Competency Assessment (BCA), seen by some to be repackaging of unpopular
Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) exam
1. “Appease liaison office’s meddling” in affairs within Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy
2. Ignore procedural justice
3. Launch legal battles to suppress dissidents
4. Collude with businesses and gangsters over land issues
5. Evade responsibility to relaunch political reform process