Date
26 September 2017
Shui On Group chairman Vincent Lo says candidates for chief executive should decide on their cabinet as early as possible. Photo: HKEJ
Shui On Group chairman Vincent Lo says candidates for chief executive should decide on their cabinet as early as possible. Photo: HKEJ

Would-be CEs should have coalition in wings, HKEJ says

Hong Kong’s next chief executive should assemble a coalition of like-minded political parties to ensure the city is effectively governed, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday, citing Shui On Group chairman Vincent Lo, a supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

A coalition government could ensure the incoming chief executive gets the support he or she needs from the Legislative Council, the report quoted him as saying.

Candidates vying for the top job should also decide on their potential cabinet as quickly as possible to minimize disruptions in filling key positions, he said.  

“Candidates should invite [cabinet] members as soon as possible … If not, it will be no different to the situation confronting CY Leung — the chief executive won’t have much support [in cabinet] even if there is universal suffrage in 2017,” Lo said.

Lo said Hong Kong can never retreat from its democratic progress and universal suffrage is still a possibility for 2017.

But he said that instead of focusing on election details, society should take a closer look at “how the potential chief executive can rule the city effectively”.

Lo suggested that Hong Kong can learn from overseas experience, such as punishing or expelling coalition members if they break a rule. An chief executive independent of any political party is also preferable if a coalition governs the city.

The businessman said he is still optimistic about Leung’s administration and still supporting the chief executive because Leung is a decisive leader, which Hong Kong needs.

“The biggest difficulty is that Leung’s thinking might be constrained by the system, which has a lot of problems now,” he said.

He also said pan-democrats should think twice before making any demands about the election process that are beyond the Basic Law.

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