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James Tien Resigns As Party Leader Without Retracting His Remarks Opposing Leung Chun-ying
On Wednesday, Hong Kong Liberal Party leader
Mr. James Tien Pei-Chun’s membership of the Chinese
People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
was revoked by the CCP due to his speech urging Hong Kong
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to consider resignation.
Then he announced his resignation as Liberal Party leader
He said that after these two burdens have been removed,
he can contribute more to Hong Kong.
He also stressed that he would not withdraw
his remarks opposing Leung Chun-ying.
On Wednesday afternoon, just after his CPPCC national
membership had been revoked, Mr. James Tien met
with the media in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council,
and announced that he resigned the Liberal Party leader.
James Tien: “I will tender my resignation
as the Party Leader of the Liberal Party.
After which, I am more than happy to answer
all your questions as a legislator,
as a member of the Liberal Party,
but no longer as Party Leader.
This makes me feel that I can contribute
more to Hong Kong."
The dismissal of James’ CPPCC membership resulted from
his advising Hong Kong Executive Officer Leung Chun-ying
to resign last Friday.
He became the first legislative council member
of the Pro-Establishment Camp to oppose Leung Chun-ying
since Occupy Central Movement began.
Mr. James Tien said that when he published his speech
advising Leung Chun-ying to resign, he did not pay attention
to his CPPCC membership, and simply remembered his
identity as a member of Hong Kong Legislative Council
and the Liberal Party leader.
He accepted the decision of the CCP Standing Committee
of the CPPCC.
But he told the media that not identifying as a CPPCC
member would burden him less, resigning as party leader
would allow him to more freely give speeches,
and emphasized that he would not withdraw the remarks.
James Tien: “Legislative Council is still in filibuster
and still counting the number of legislative members,
and there are still a lot of people rallying in Admiralty.
Now the situation has not changed.
I think the speech was sufficiently justified.
Since today’s situation has not changed,
I certainly would not take back my words."
It was only four days between the time of James Tien’s
“opposing Leung"remarks to the time his CPCCC membership
Commenters say that Beijing authorities strictly
regulate the Pro-Beijing Camp’s remarks.
Hong Kong Legislative Council member Sin Chung-kai:
“Now Beijing has a very good understanding
of the situation, and the Leung Chun-ying administration
is carrying out policy with many difficulties and blockage.
Facing strong pressure from the opposition,
it does not allow legislative council members
of the Pro-Establishment Camp
to shake their political standpoint.
So they take pre-emptive action to kill all voices in opposion
to Leung Chun-ying and hence treat James Tien in this way."
Hong Kong’s “Open" magazine Chief-Editor Mr Zhong Jin:
“Of course this is ‘a warning to others’
and sends a warning to those legislative council members
of the “Pro-Establishment Camp.”
If you do not follow the Beijing authorities,
you will be punished."
James Tien was born into a wealthy family.
He currently operates garment factories.
Most members of his Liberal Party are businessmen.
The public has connected this incident with a published
and signed article written in English on Oct. 25th
by Xinhua News Agency.
The article criticized four Hong Kong billionaires including
Li Ka-shing, Lee Shau Kee, Robert Kuok and Peter Woo
for not showing a clear stance against Occupy Central.
Sin Chung-kai: “So for James Tien’s incident,
I guess this is a vigilant signal being sent to the Hong Kong
Pro-Establishment Camp, or Hong Kong tycoons.
Beijing Authorities require them to resolutely support
Leung Chun-ying, there are no opportunities for silence."
Opposing Leung Chun-ying will be dismissed,
keeping silent is also criticized.
But the CPPCC Standing Committee Chen Yongqi
still quoted the words of the CPPCC Head Yu Zhensheng,
claiming it does not affect the CPPCC National Committee
members to criticize the Chief Executive and the SAR
government, but all of these should be “constructive."
CPPCC Standing Committee member Chen Yongqi:
“If there are dissenting voices, then those voices
should not be made the public because the voices
made public send non-supportive messages.
If there are differing voices, then they can be reported
directly to the Central Government."
If private communication rather than open opposition
is applied, then is there room for negotiation
with Beijing authorities?
Legislative Council member Sin Chung-kai said that Beijing’s
policies regarding Hong Kong and Macao
have always been tough, and Beijing is only
going to take tougher measures.
Sin Chung-kai:"I estimate that by the end of this month
and around mid-December, and during the pre-Christmas,
Beijing will take a tougher attitude.
By that time, the Occupy Central Movement will have lasted
for three months, and the Hong Kong government will
possibly use the toughest measures to clean up the site."
The revoking of James Tien’s CPPCC membership was also
criticized by Pan-democratic Legislative Council members.
The Democratic Party’s Legislative Council member
Wong Pik Wan thinks the dismissal of James Tien
is unreasonable because James Tien just executes his liability
as a CPPCC member in “reflecting public opinion, carrying out
democratic supervision and commenting on governmental
policies", which complies with the CPPCC charter.
Democratic Party founder chairman Mr. Martin Lee Chu-ming
criticized Yu Zhengsheng for saying, “the CPPCC members
shouldn’t openly express opposition voices."
This is admitting to all Hong Kong people that the CPPCC’s
public statements are not true words from members’ hearts,
and hence the CPPCC will lack public credibility in the future.
Interview/YiRu Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/JianMing