Talking points: What don’t we like about Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying?

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Gabrielle Chan, 18, Hang Seng Management College

Leung received 689 votes from the Election Committee's 1,200 members. During the election campaign, he stressed growing up at the grassroots level and said he understands the difficulties faced by Hong Kong people.

However, his actions don't match his words. His statement "I never said I didn't have illegal structures [in my home] before" showed an unwillingness to accept his mistakes. His behaviour has upset the stability of the principal officials' accountability system.

 

Tracy Wong Ho-yan, 16, Carmel Secondary School

Obviously, one thing is that C.Y. was selected in a "small-circle" election, meaning that only Beijing and the 1,200 Election Committee members voted for him, not the citizens of Hong Kong. His popularity was already low at the time since many citizens, especially the democrats, were dissatisfied with the election result.

Some even think Leung is a communist because of his close relationship with the central government. This could weaken the core values of democracy and freedom that Hong Kong values so much.

Jessie Pang Yu-tung, 17, True Light Girls' College

We don't like Leung but it's not only because he wasn't elected by universal suffrage. There are several other reasons, for example, the illegal structures on his property; his support for national education; his handling of the Manila bus hostage crisis; and now the rejection of HKTV's free-to-air licence application.

The HKTV ruling alone shows that he does not listen to the people. They hoped HKTV would get a licence to help end TVB's monopoly of the local TV industry. What's more, Leung never gave the public a proper explanation as to why the application was rejected. Even thousands of protesters outside government headquarters couldn't move him to do so. Now even his supporters are turning their backs on him.

Odessa Fung Ying-ka, 13, Diocesan Girls' School

The chief executive should be honest and sincere. C.Y. is not. For instance, he first denied he had an illegal structure at his Peak home when everyone in Hong Kong knew about it.

By not apologising to the public, he made things even worse. He gave a bad impression to Hongkongers with his dishonesty. So there is little surprise that the majority of the public don't support his policies.

Liam Fung, 11, Chinese International School

His insincerity. During the election campaign, he criticised his main rival, Henry Tang Ying-yen, for having illegal structures on his Kowloon Tong property. Tang's campaign fell apart because of the accusations.

But we later found out that there were illegal structures at Leung's home, too. This triggered public anger, and the discontent has since grown.

 

Tell us if there is something you don’t like about Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in the comment box below.

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