Date
23 October 2017
Starry Lee (center) toasts with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (second from left) and Liaison Office head Zhang Xiaoming during DAB's anniversary reception in early July. Photo: CNSA
Starry Lee (center) toasts with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (second from left) and Liaison Office head Zhang Xiaoming during DAB's anniversary reception in early July. Photo: CNSA

Zhang’s remarks not a poll endorsement for Leung: Starry Lee

National People’s Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang has recognized the work of the Hong Kong government headed by Leung Chun-ying, especially during the Occupy protests, but it would be an “over-interpretation” to say that his statement means Beijing is backing Leung’s re-election.

These remarks were made by Executive Council and Legislative Council member Starry Lee Wai-king, who led a delegation of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) in a meeting with Zhang in Beijing last week.

Lee said in a radio interview on Monday that Zhang merely meant to express Beijing’s continuing support for the SAR government, Metro Daily reported on Tuesday.

It is too early for Zhang to voice his opinion on the chief executive election as it is still two years away, Lee said, adding that the central government would not use the occasion to talk about something that will not happen until 2017.

Lee said Leung’s personality and comments could easily lead to confrontation but the pan-democratic camp must also share responsibility for making these differences personal.

Meanwhile, Lee declined to speculate on who was the “stupid” one that Legco President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing was referring to.

Last week Leung replaced Tsang Tak-sing, the Legco head’s younger brother, and Paul Tang Kwok-wai as secretary for home affairs and secretary for the civil service, respectively, fueling rumors from within the government that their performance as bureau chiefs were found unsatisfactory.

Jasper Tsang said a “pig-like” government team member who is “very stupid” was spreading the rumor that his brother had been fired for incompetence.

Lee, who is considered a Jasper Tsang supporter, said the Legco chief is a person who does not hide his feelings and it is understandable that he could get so angry.

She suggested a leader of the government should do a good job in building up the morale of the team instead of making them fearful.

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