Dozens of alumni have taken out a newspaper advertisement in support of a decision by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) council to delay the appointment of a pro vice chancellor.
They also denounced the storming of a council meeting by a group of students last week.
Among the 103 signatories in the Sing Tao Daily petition were former Security Bureau chief Ambrose Lee and former Liberal Party chairman Miriam Lau.
Lee said the students’ behavior ruined HKU’s reputation.
He defended the council against accusations it has become a rubber stamp, saying it plays an important role and has every right to exercise it.
Lee said Johannes Chan, who is at the center of the controversy after his expected appointment as a pro vice chancellor was delayed, should consider what is best for the university.
Lee made the remark after reports Chan is under pressure to withdraw his name from consideration.
A group calling itself The Sound of Silence said it has collected more than 4,400 signatures including 1,100 from HKU alumni to ask HKU vice chancellor Peter Mathieson to investigate the council meeting incident.
Only five of the signatories gave their full name in the online petition.
Meanwhile, lawmaker Ip Kin-yuan, convenor of an HKU alumni concern group, rejected accusations the students intervened in the council’s affairs.
The group is calling a meeting for Sept. 1 to consider a motion of no confidence against HKU council member Arthur Li and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying who serves a nominal role as universal chancellor.
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