Nine years after stepping down as Hong Kong’s first post-colonial leader, Tung Chee-hwa is in the limelight again — and for all the wrong reasons, according to his critics.
Tung’s plan to call a high-profile press conference to give his views on last week’s policy address by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is being criticized as an attempt to meddle in government affairs, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
Tung runs a think tank that advises the administration.
The media event will be held Tuesday in a historic building that houses the offices of Hong Kong’s former leaders.
It will be Tung’s third public appearance there in four months.
University of Hong Kong professor Joseph Wong, a former secretary for the civil service, said the plan is inappropriate.
Wong said Tung is a private citizen like him and his appearance in the press conference will be “strange” given the attention he will attract as a former chief executive.
However, he said it remains to be seen whether Tung’s views will be tantamount to meddling.
Wong said it’s likely Tung will praise Leung.
Emily Lau, chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said Tung should not say too much and reminded him to keep out of government affairs.
Former security secretary Ambrose Lee said he would not comment on the policies of his successor but added Tung has every right to express his views on Leung’s government as a Hong Kong citizen.
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