Let Leung do his job

Let Leung do his job

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Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should show that actions speak louder than words.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should show that actions speak louder than words.
Photo: Felix Wong
Everyone deserves a second chance at the beginning of a year, and that includes our leader, Leung Chun-ying. He learned the downside of being chief executive the hard way, as he was held accountable for his illegal structures and close ties to Beijing. Worse, he has been criticised for his lack of integrity because he committed the same offence of erecting illegal structures, which led to the fall of his election competitor, Henry Tang Ying-yen, in February.

Leung has already paid the price for his shortcomings. His popularity rating has plummeted and his image has been tarnished. But it's time to move on and let the man do his job.

It's been hard to pinpoint Leung's policies over the past year because the media has over-emphasised his juicy scandals. One newspaper in particular has managed to revive the issue month after month until the distrust in Leung has become sloganised.

Most people in Hong Kong couldn't care less about his illegal structures and want to hear more about his administration. Most of us have simply come to accept our leader as a skilful sweet-talker with a less-than-perfect past.

Yet I believe in Leung as a politician. First, it is not easy for a man to stay calm after all the uproar. He has not given in to any form of political pressure, including the malicious attacks launched by pan-democrats. An intelligent, emotionally stable politician is exactly what is needed to fill Hong Kong's top job.

Second, we need a leader who is willing and able to communicate with Beijing because Hong Kong is to China what a soldier is to an army. Hongkongers have a love-hate relationship with the mainland. But we have to realise that Hong Kong relies on China to stay afloat economically. Hong Kong needs the mainland more than the other way round. Therefore, our leader has to follow Beijing's advice to safeguard our city's economic interests.

Third, Leung has done little harm to Hong Kong so far. He has a plan - a zero quota on mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong and abolish the right of abode granted to offspring born in Hong Kong. Also, by opposing Heung Yee Kuk, Leung has tackled the issue of village houses fairly easily and confidently.

A man should not be judged by a single incident or gesture. This should be the year when Leung picks himself up and proves to his people that actions speak louder than words.

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