Date
25 September 2017
Leung Chun-ying says rule of law suffered the most damage from the two-month-long street occupation by democracy protesters. Photos: AFP, Reuters
Leung Chun-ying says rule of law suffered the most damage from the two-month-long street occupation by democracy protesters. Photos: AFP, Reuters

CY Leung: Hong Kong needs democracy with rule of law

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is urging Hong Kong people to reflect on what kind of democracy they want after two months of street protests which he called illegal.

“If we only talk about democracy but not rule of law, it is not true democracy. It is only anarchy,” Leung was quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily Tuesday.

Leung said rule of law suffered the biggest damage during the street occupation by democracy protesters demanding genuine universal suffrage.

He said universal suffrage must be implemented according to the Basic Law and in line with an election framework proposal by the National People’s Congress.

Leung praised civil servants who continued to perform their duties during the protests, helping minimize their impact.

Civic Party chief Alan Leong said it is Leung who is damaging rule of law, with his government yet to start an investigation into alleged police brutality against protesters.

Also, Leong lamented a “powerless” Legislative Council in its inquiry into US$7 million in alleged secret payments Leung received from an Australian firm.

Meanwhile, several legislators are casting doubt on a report being compiled by the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau about the sentiments of Hong Kong people.

People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan said the report will be meaningless if it merely recaps the Aug. 31 NPC decision on electoral reform.

Independent lawmaker Lam Tai-fai doubts the report will be neutral, adding it’s unlikely to include public demands for Leung’s resignation.

And Wong Kwok-kin of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said the report has no constitutional basis and is merely a negotiating tool with no practical value.

On the other hand, Starry Lee of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said Hong Kong people have overly high expectations about the report.

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam said the report will be objective and will not contain comments.

It will be submitted to Beijing around the time of the second round of public consultations on the NPC political reform proposal.

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