Financial Secretary John Tsang would definitely be a better option than Leung Chun-ying with regard to the suitability for Hong Kong’s top job, according to James Tien, honorary chairman of the Liberal Party.
As for other prospective chief executive candidates, Tien said that Antony Leung Kam-chung lacks experience as a government official and that Regina Ip could have a hard time forming her team, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
Tien was especially harsh on Leung Chun-ying, blaming the incumbent leader for fueling discontent in society.
Social discontent has led to several unfortunate events, including the Mong Kok clashes earlier this month, he said, adding that “Leung is to blame”.
If Leung succeeds in getting another term as chief executive, it will only intensify the social conflicts in Hong Kong, Tien said.
The biggest problem with the Leung is that he is at odds with the pan-democrats, he said.
“Declaring war on pan-democrats is no different from declaring war on half of their supporters.”
Leung’s warring attitude has seriously dragged down government work efficiency, Tien said, noting that many policies could have been passed more quickly if the government was willing to make small concessions.
Tien feels Leung will be able to accomplish only two years’ worth of work during his five-year tenure. The entire administration has been crippled by Leung’s inability to govern and lead, the Liberal party leader said.
Judging from the results of the District Council elections last November, it seems that voters are not dissatisfied with the pan-democrats’ non-cooperation with the government, Tien said.
If Leung were to lead Hong Kong for another five years, it is possible that large-scale projects at West Kowloon, Lantau, Kai Tak and others such as high-speed rail venture will make little progress, Tien warned.
The central government should realize that Leung’s performance would only fuel more discontent among Hongkongers, he said.
Speaking of the qualities that a chief executive must possess, Tien said the candidate should be able to act as a facilitator and serve as a bridge between Hong Kong people and the central government.
He praised John Tsang, noting that the finance chief is familiar with government policy and administration, and that he has a good relationship with local media.
If Tsang becomes the next chief executive, Hongkongers will be reassured that the city’s top leader will seemingly stand by their side, Tien added.
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