Former chief secretary Henry Tang says Leung Chun-ying is “the devil I know”, suggesting he is preferable to someone not known to Hong Kong people.
Things could be bad if the next chief executive is “someone we don’t know and Leung is the devil I know”, Tang told an interview.
However, he stopped short of mentioning Leung when asked to name suitable candidates for the 2017 chief executive election.
He said the ideal person should be patriotic toward the mainland and Hong Kong, able to put together a top-notch team and able to unite people from all walks of life.
“Many people would fit the bill,” he said.
Among them are Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Financial Secretary John Tsang and Executive Councilor Regina Ip, he said.
Tang called them “capable people” who have the support of civil servants.
He described former financial secretary Antony Leung as a potential front runner given his wealth of knowledge and experience in Hong Kong’s financial sector.
Tang, who lost a bruising election contest with CY Leung in 2012, emerged as a potential kingmaker after he formed the Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organizations several months ago.
He ruled out a second run, saying he never considered it.
Tang said he agrees with some of Leung’s policies, including his economic and livelihood agenda, and would have adopted them had he won.
However, he said Leung has a problem implementing them because society is not united behind him.
Tang said Leung has yet to deliver on his promise to build a “Hong Kong camp”, referencing the latter’s pledge to unite Hong Kong’s fractured politics which has been divided between pro-democracy and pro-establishment forces.
He said Leung still has two years to make amends.
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