Date
21 October 2017
Regina Ip says James Tien's call for CY Leung's resignation is inappropriate while Frederick Ma says the embattled chief executive has the full backing of Beijng. Photos: HKEJ
Regina Ip says James Tien's call for CY Leung's resignation is inappropriate while Frederick Ma says the embattled chief executive has the full backing of Beijng. Photos: HKEJ

Pro-government camp lines up behind Leung after Tien quit call

Pro-government figures are jumping to the defense of embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after a prominent legislator said he should consider resigning to take responsibility for the ongoing political crisis.

Former Commerce and Economic Development secretary Frederick Ma said people should carefully choose their words when criticizing Hong Kong’s highest public official, government broadcaster RTHK reported Wednesday.

Ma said Leung has the full backing of Beijing but added he should exert more effort to deal with the situation.

Regina Ip, leader of New People’s Party and a former security chief, said Tien’s statement was inappropriate and only served to highlight his hostility toward the central government in Beijing.

Tien faces ouster from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, for his remarks, the report said.

The decision could come at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

CPPCC member Peter Lam accused Tien of acting against the government and Chan Wing-kee, who also sits on the council, said members can criticize the government but in a constructive manner.

Chan expects most members to support any motion to remove Tien.

Meanwhile, Tien’s brother Michael said the comment did not mean James Tien does not love the country but merely showed he was too honest.

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