Date
20 November 2017
Reverend Yuen Tin-yau (inset) says he is thinking of giving up the privilege of nominating candidates to future chief executive elections. Photo: HKEJ
Reverend Yuen Tin-yau (inset) says he is thinking of giving up the privilege of nominating candidates to future chief executive elections. Photo: HKEJ

Methodist Church leader blasts Leung over controversial remarks

A prominent religious leader has criticized Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for his controversial remarks on public nomination and said he is thinking of giving up the privilege of nominating candidates for Hong Kong’s next leader, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Reverend Yuen Tin-yau, president of the city’s Methodist Church and chairman of the Hong Kong Christian Council, was reacting to earlier remarks made by the chief executive that “the religious and sports sectors do not make any economic contribution”. 

“All sectors have their contribution to Hong Kong, and we should not make a judgment only from an economic perspective,” Yuen said, adding that the religious sector has made great contributions in such areas as education, healthcare and social services.

He said because of Leung’s remarks, he would consider giving up his post as member of the nominating committee in future chief executive elections and instead fight for a “fully democratic development”, the report said.

In an earlier interview with the foreign press, Leung also said: “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’s comments have “discriminated” against low-income people in the city, and denied their rights as an equal citizen, which will seriously undermine universal suffrage and political development, Yuen said.

“Equality and justice are core teachings in Christianity and for that reason Christians tend to support democratic development,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a small group of people controlling the power to manage society.” 

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