Date
17 August 2017
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has come in for scathing criticism over remarks that poor and working class would dominate elections if the government were to meet student demands to allow candidates to be nominated by the public. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has come in for scathing criticism over remarks that poor and working class would dominate elections if the government were to meet student demands to allow candidates to be nominated by the public. Photo: Bloomberg

CY Leung proves he’s not a ‘people person’

Few Hongkongers in history have been so loathed and reviled as CY Leung.

Sure, he’s Hong Kong’s chief executive, but CY has a way of staying in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Consider that he actually told shocked reporters Monday that Hong Kong has been “lucky” that Beijing has not stopped the pro-democracy protests.

Or that the poor and working class would dominate elections if the government were to meet student demands to allow candidates to be nominated by the public.

Or that the city’s Occupy movement is “out of hand” and being influenced by “external forces.”

You’d think after more than three weeks of protests and broad calls for his resignation, he’d be a little more sensitive to the issues.

On Twitter, the western world’s version of Weibo that is blocked in mainland China but used in Hong Kong, comments on stories resulting from Leung’s joint interview with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times were fast and furious.

“Protesters are going to go nuts over CY Leung’s @nytimes interview. Explosive stuff,” said @kjalee.

“This CY Leung interview a must-read. Chief exec gives his view on ‘broadly representative’ & well, it ain’t pretty,” said @feliciasonmez.

“CY Leung commits credibility seppuku by fretting that universal suffrage would let poor dominate elections,” said @johnsfoley.

“Make less than US$1800/HK$14K a month? CY Leung doesn’t want you to have a say in how our city is run,” said @waphle.

“Was [a] time #CommunistParty represented the poor, but #CYLeung tells it like it is. Poor’s power must be constrained,” said @franklangfitt.

“Will the last media advisor at Govt House please lock the door: CY Leung showing how not to do an interview,” said @arockmom.

“Shocking! HK’s CY Leung says an open election was unacceptable in part because it would produce policies skewed toward the poor,” said @weigu.

“CY Leung says a democratic Hong Kong is bad because it would give a greater voice to the poor. Won’t someone please think of the tycoons?” said @missokistic.

“Unfettered elections give poorer voters too much say, harming #HK priorities,” said @ChuBailiang.

“No idea how he pretends to ease tensions with that type of comment,” said @jgriffiths.

“CY Leung is desperate to bootlick the rich,” said @tax_free.

“#cyleung says the nominating committee can’t be too representative because that would give the poor too much voice,” said @OCLPHK.

“CY Leung’s remark on the working class in #HongKong is reminiscent of @MittRomney’s 47% gaff. They never learn do they?” said @judithpjacob.

“CY’s tough anti-universal suffrage stance due to the fact that he looks down on poor people, basically,” said @jhau727.

“Remember #cyleung ran his CE elex campaign as champion of the poor in contrast to old money Henry Tang, even SOCO’s Ho Hei Wah backed him,” said @xinwenxiaojie.

“Incredible remarks by CY on Hong Kong’s poor. Is this the new unapologetic party line in HK or a personal view?” said @mrbaopanrui.

“Hey Ho, don’t you know, CY Leung has got to go,” said @HighlandPaddyHK.

“Wow, CY Leung believes poor people don’t deserve a vote? Depressing reading,” said @HungryMaz.

“Hearing CY Leung’s #OccupyCentral comment on representative government, Chinese proverb, “if you’re ugly, don’t blame the mirror” seems apt,” said @adamnajberg.

“CY Leung said a HK chief elected by the greatest # of votes would produce policies skewed toward poor,” said @daniellebel.

“This article can be remade into a ‘Shit #CYLeung Says.’ Way to not radicalize the youth and, like, everyone else,” said @yuenok.

On the belief of many demonstrators that Leung is a Beijing stooge: “‘Outsiders’ fomented protests in Hong Kong, according to CY Leung, who doesn’t take orders from anybody,” said @DanKedmey.

“The CY Leung public relations masterclass continues,” noted @jgriffiths.

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RC

A strategist and marketing consultant on China business

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