Beijing connection is Leung's 'original sin'

Top News | Phoenix Un 16 Jan 2017

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's connection with Beijing is an "original sin" in the eyes of some Hongkongers, Executive Councilor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said on a radio program yesterday.

Law praised Leung's working ability and diligence but said matters beyond his control hurt his popularity.

When he was elected in 2012, Fan said, she noted the former Executive Council convener carried the weight of "original sin because he had many links with Beijing." Also, he used expressions and body language that did not go down well with some people.

Also, she said, his administration may not have had the final say on many things, including failed political reform, but many people vented anger as if it did.

Law hoped too "that people won't regard those hoping to extend Leung policies as enemies. Many of his good policies - with some drafted by me - can't be implemented in five years."

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who resigned as chief secretary on Thursday, has said that extending policies was one thing she wanted to do. Leung also told his supporters in a private meeting that he and Lam shared beliefs.

Law went on to say she hoped the next administration will focus on opportunities for youngsters and that people will go beyond negativity in cooperating with the mainland. On that, Law, who chairs the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp, urged legislators to approve funding for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen technology park at Lok Ma Chau.

Also looking to what could be done and by who, Poverty Commission member Leung Che-cheung said at yesterday's City Forum that he appreciated Lam's efforts in alleviating poverty but he would only consider endorsing her for the top job after weighing what more progress she could make.

He also believes Lam, John Tsang Chun-wah and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee have conservative ideas about finance as they are or used to be principal officials.

So "there won't be new proposals for welfare policies no matter who wins."

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