Leung Chun-ying Becomes Unfavorable News Target
The Australian engineering company who paid millions of
dollars to Leung Chun-ying has recently been found to hold
a contract with Hong Kong’s subway system.
And Chinese Communist Party (CCP) premier Li Keqiang
spoke in Germany about Hong Kong’s (HK) Occupy Central
in a different tone from the combative slant of the CCP media.
Meanwhile, protest organizers have issued an open letter to
CCP leader Xi Jinping, describing negative public opinion of
Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong.
Observers say these events may lead Leung Chun-ying
to step down.
Australian UGL Ltd. who paid Leung Chun-ying millions of
dollars holds a longstanding contract to provide maintenance
for 120 train cars of HK’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR).
The city government has a 77 percent ownership in MTR,
and Leung Chun-ying appointed its chairman who is also
a board member at UGL, according to The New York Times.
David Webb, an expert on corporate governance in HK,
told NY Times, “It’s highly inappropriate for the government-
appointed chairman of the MTR to also be sitting on the board
of one of its suppliers and joint venture partners.”
Meanwhile, Li Keqiang talked about Occupy Central
for the first time while visiting Germany.
He stressed that the “one country two systems” rule
and the high autonomy policy have not changed.
Foreign media say Li’s attitude is relatively mild compared to
the combative attitudes of the CCP media a few days ago.
In his meeting with HK’s delegation of businessmen,
Xi emphasized that the one country two system policy stays.
Current affairs commentator Lan Su: “The views among
Beijing’s high-level leadership are different;
the propaganda department mastered by Jiang’s faction
such as Liu Yunshan has opposite practices from Xi and Li.”
Due to Leung Chun-ying’s government repeatedly delaying
their conversations with students, in the open letter to Xi,
the HK Federation of Students and activist group Scholarism
requested direct dialogue with Beijing.
The letter stated that, Occupy Central is definitely not
the color revolution and if Beijing has confidence,
there is no need to fear the people of Hong Kong
in electing their own chief executive, and that implementing
true universal suffrage shows a high degree of autonomy.
The letter also points out that Occupy Central is being closely
observed in HK, the mainland, Taiwan, and worldwide.
Everyone is expecting Xi Jinping to address the issue
and stop the corrupt leader Leung Chun-ying from destroying
the one country two systems policy, as it would undermine
stability and sacrifice Xi Jinping’s “China dream”.
Protest participant Yan Minhua: “He is the state leader,
so in theory, he is supposed to help HK achieve democracy,
but instead, our generation is forced to spend time on social
movements rather than studying; the age of participants
in politics is now getting younger.”
Asian Newsweek director Huang Jinqiu: “Any prolonging of
this situation will hurt HK’s democracy and the mainland’s
“I don’t think Xi Jinping would like to see the turmoil in HK,
and he has a more moderate measure than Jiang’s faction.”
“Of course, the first step is to have Leung Chun-ying
step down,; the second step could be some adjustments
to the universal suffrage and direct elections.”
After nearly 700,000 people voted in support of citizens’
nomination for political reform, the open letter criticized
Leung Chun-ying for lying and claimed that Hong Kongers
don’t agree with the reform of the Legislative Council,
and don’t intend to abolish the functional constituencies;
thus leading to the decision of the communist congress.
The open letter indicated that the academia sincerely respect
the one country two systems policy in HK, that the people
should resolve their country’s issues, and that public opinion
should be addressed; the HK government should be held
accountable for distorting public opinion.
The Congress was urged to withdraw the resolution,
so that political reform can be brought back on track.
Dixon Ming Sing, Associate professor of the Social Sciences
division at HK’s University of Science and Technology:
“Many HK people are not satisfied with the chief executive,
because he has created many crises.”
Huang Jinqiu: “Tthey should consider things a little further,
because it has created a very negative image to Taiwan;
they should think about how to bring reform to the mainland.
Once the North Korean regime is down and befriends
South Korea and the United States. The Communist Party
will not be able to stop it from happening.”
HK’s Basic Law Drafting Committee member Martin Lee
says that HK’s situation has changed, the government should
re-start political reform to respond to the students’ goodwill.
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