In all his three policy addresses, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying always referred to a child when he talked about housing issues.
This year, the Hong Kong leader devoted around 20 percent of his speech to housing and land policies, and again a child was mentioned, Ming Pao Daily reported.
He said a five-year-old child asked him, “Chief Executive, where shall I live when I grow up? Will there be enough land in Hong Kong?”
In 2013, Leung said during a district consultation forum in Wan Chai that if a child aged four to five asked him where he or she would live after getting married, his answer would be, “I do not know because I will only serve as the chief executive for four to five years.”
But he quickly added that he had to be responsible in providing an answer to the child.
Last year, Leung said “there would be nowhere to live” would not be an acceptable answer if a kindergarten pupil approached and asked him where the child would live as an adult.
Reporters did realize that the two children mentioned in Leung’s speeches in 2013 and 2014 were fictional, while this year, Leung has put it like he was really asked by a five-year-old.
On social media, netizens debated on the need to use a child as a reference point whenever Leung talked about housing.
In the first place, they said, it was highly unlikely that children would care so much about housing as to ask their parents, much less the Hong Kong leader, about it.
If ever, one netizen said, a five-year-old kid would only ask questions like “Can I have some candies?” or “May I play my Princess Elsa doll?”
When reporters asked for further details about the five-year-old, including the name and gender of the child and where and when the question was raised, a spokesperson from the Chief Executive’s Office said they have nothing to add, according to the report.
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