Two top administration officials appear to be distancing themselves from the controversial remarks of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who attacked a student publication for allegedly promoting Hong Kong independence in his policy address.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Financial Secretary John Tsang separately said that the remarks were Leung’s own views, implying that the Hong Kong leader wrote that portion of the speech himself, Apple Daily reported on Friday.
In his address, Leung criticized the Undergrad, the official magazine of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, for allegedly advocating self-reliance and self-determination for Hong Kong, saying that it is a fallacy because the territory is part of China.
When Leung was asked about it at Thursday’s question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council, he did not admit nor deny that he wrote it himself, only reiterating that the final version of the policy address was approved by him.
Lam said the part of the speech about the Undergrad was an attempt by the Chief Executive to share his views with society, implying that it was written by Leung himself.
At the Legco session, Civic Party’s Alan Leong asked Leung about it, but the Chief Executive accused the lawmaker of being disrespectful, adding that the production of the policy address was a team effort.
For her part, Lam said the introduction and conclusion of the policy address can be considered as the Chief Executive’s views that he wanted to share with the public, and a key message was that Hong Kong has an important choice to make right now.
Lam said she respected the Chief Executive’s opinions.
“That is his opinion,” Tsang told reporters, when asked about Leung’s controversial remarks.
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