Reform will weed out puppets of foreign forces, says Leung

Top News | Staff reporters 5 Mar 2021

Hong Kong's current electoral mechanism allows puppets of foreign governments to enter the ruling ranks, former chief executive Leung Chun-ying says as he pushes for reform.

Leung said despite the national security law's introduction, those who "beg for foreign sanctions" can still be elected.

"In the past two to three years, it is horrifying to see those non-patriots, who will never be accepted by any countries or society, beg for foreign sanctions against their own country," he said on a radio program.

Leung emphasized that it is a matter of course that the electoral system needs to be based on the principle of "patriots ruling Hong Kong," and so it is necessary to have electoral reform.

Leung said there is no need to differentiate "love China" and "love the Communist Party."

He added: "Many people in Hong Kong, including the opposition, say they love Hong Kong. But how does the Hong Kong that we love exist? It is part of the People's Republic of China and the PRC is led by the Communist Party. Everything that we have, such as capitalism, social systems, are all set by the party."

Leung hinted he would not rule out standing in the chief executive election again in a Reuters interview on Wednesday, saying he is one of the millions of eligible candidates.

His stand was echoed by former World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, who said she had never seen a country to be ruled by unpatriotic people throughout her years working in the international organization.

Chan said she stands by the principle of "patriots ruling Hong Kong," saying it is the basis for the one country, two systems principle and should not be questioned.

It is hard for Hong Kong to weather the pandemic without the help of Beijing, she added: "Beijing's care for Hong Kong is manifested in different ways, including helping to enhance the city's Covid-19 testing service and building quarantine and treatment facilities."

Former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said reform can be done by amending local election laws and it is not necessary to change the Basic Law Annex I and II. The five district council super seats can be canceled by changing local laws, he said.

If the Basic Law is to be changed, it must be done through the "five-step" procedure, he added. Otherwise, the mini-constitution's authority will be damaged.

The "five steps" require the chief executive to submit a reform proposal to the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

The reform bill would then have to be passed by at least two-thirds of the 70 members of Legco before being approved by the chief executive and the NPCSC again.

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