Dr. Leong Che-hung, chairman of the Council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), said he was willing to initiate a discussion of the council’s decision to delay the appointment of a pro vice chancellor in a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Ming Pao Daily reported.
However, it is not clear if the council would discuss the issue.
A group of HKU alumni said it has gathered 2,600 signatures for a petition letter urging the council to stop deferring the appointment of former law dean Johannes Chan as pro vice chancellor.
Members of the group also plan to stage a silent protest on the campus and hand their petition letter to members of the council.
As of Monday morning, the concern group has solicited the signatures of 1,536 alumni, 909 supporters and 20 organizations.
The signatories include former chief secretary Anson Chan, former security chief Peter Lai Hing-ning, businessman Lew Mon-hung, and Zandra Mok, former political assistant to the secretary for labor and welfare.
The Hong Kong University Students Union (HKUSU) said some 50 to 60 members will surround the venue of the council meeting and demand that the council disclose their discussions during the meeting.
The HKUSU said it would not rule out further action should the outcome of the meeting fail to satisfy them.
Kevin Lau, a former Ming Pao editor and HKU alumnus, had earlier accused Leung and fellow council member Arthur Li of lobbying against Johannes Chan.
Leung denied the allegation, and said he regretted that such a rumor had circulated.
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