Date
24 November 2017
Patrick Ko has heaped praise on CY Leung, saying the chief executive has done a commendable job in keeping anti-national forces at bay. Photo: HKEJ
Patrick Ko has heaped praise on CY Leung, saying the chief executive has done a commendable job in keeping anti-national forces at bay. Photo: HKEJ

Patrick Ko: Leung has done well by taking on anti-Beijing forces

Patrick Ko Tat-bun, convenor of the pro-Beijing group Voice of Loving Hong Kong, said he will give Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying 70 marks out of 100 for his performance in office since he took the top job in July 2012. 

One of Leung’s biggest successes has been his ability to confront and battle “people who stir up chaos in Hong Kong and are against mainland China”, Ko said.

Leung should be praised for carrying out his duties diligently in line with directives from the central government, he said, according to an Apple Daily report Wednesday.

People who have criticized Leung for appointing his supporters to various important government posts and committees are brainless, Ko said.

Roping in loyalists “is one of the most logical things for Leung to do,” Ko was quoted as saying.

Leung has been successful in ending the Occupy protests in a strategic manner, he said, pointing out there were no human casualties despite the 79-day-long protests.

Ko said the 30 marks that he had deducted on Leung’s performance score were mainly due to the inefficiency of the chief executive’s various top colleagues.

According to Ko, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So should not have allowed Radio Television Hong Kong, a government-owned broadcaster, to criticize the Leung administration on a daily basis.

Among other remarks, Ko said that Education Secretary Eddie Ng should have rolled out “national education” in schools despite resistance from sections of the public.

As for the housing situation in the city, Leung was determined to address the problems but things were not really in his control, Ko said, as he pointed to soaring of prices of small apartment units.

In other topics, Ko slammed local judges for handing out lenient sentences to protesters who were convicted.

The administration should have adopted a firmer line against anti-government protesters, he said.

Ko believes that Leung will be able to seek a second term of office in 2017, regardless of whether or not the government’s political reform proposal will be passed at the Legislative Council.

Hong Kong people would be dumb if they are to vote down the proposal, as they would get the same proposal even if they wait for another ten years, he said.

“How many decades do you want to wait? 2047 is just around the corner and by then it will be ‘one country, one system’”.

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