A pro-establishment lawmaker assailed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for his controversial remarks rejecting the pro-democracy camp’s demand for public nomination, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
Legislative Council member Chan Yuen-han of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said Leung’s comments were “nonsense” and illogical” and urged him to read more books, the report said.
The Hong Kong leader said in an earlier interview with foreign media that if candidates were nominated by the public, the part of the population that earns less than the median monthly salary of HK$14,000 could dominate the process.
“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month,” Leung said.
In addition, he said, “the religious and sports sectors do not make any economic contribution”.
Chan said his comments have hurt many ordinary citizens, adding that she had expectations for Leung, who has proposed standard working hours and retirement protection during his campaign.
However, she said whether they will continue to support Leung hinges on how he has dealt with the pro-democracy Occupy movement, the report said.
Also, Chan urged students to put forward “concrete ideas” on how to flesh out the two proposals raised by government officials during their recent dialogue with student leaders. The two proposals include setting up a multiparty platform to discuss long-term constitutional development after 2017, and submitting a report to the Chinese State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office about the protests.
The movement might end up a “bloody tragedy” if it continues to be guided by Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, she added.
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