Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has hinted he may run a second term
We're two years away from the elections for the next chief executive of Hong Kong and already incumbent Leung Chun-ying has hinted that he will run again in 2017.
Just before an Executive Council meeting, Leung said: "I would not rule out any possibility. Whether to seek a second term is something [to be considered] in later days".
He added in the meantime he would focus on his work at chief executive and implement his 2012 manifesto.
Leung's comments come weeks after an authoritative pro-establishment source stirred up controversy in Beijing earlier this month, saying Leung would win a second term and also introduce controversial Article 23 national security laws to Hong Kong if the government's political reform package is vetoed in the Legislative Council.
On March 8, a veteran Hong Kong politician who spoke on condition of anonymity said that although pan-democrat lawmakers and activists had called for Leung to step down during the 79-day Occupy movement last year, "the three co-founders of Occupy Central were in fact Leung's biggest election campaign team... Because when Beijing said neither compromise nor bloodshed could happen he really waited 79 days" until the civil disobedience movement ended peacefully.
"It just showed Beijing how obedient he is," the person added. "Beijing wouldn't ask Leung to step down just because he's unpopular with Hong Kong people."
Did you just feel a chill down your back?
The thought of another five more years of Leung after 2017 is not news we want to hear, but it is a strong indicator of what Beijing thinks of him, and of us.
Protesters tried to sabotage things with the Umbrella Movement, but he and China were unmoved, and got the police to do the dirty work for them.
If we're stuck with Leung for another five years, Hong Kong's major social and economic issues will not be resolved, swept under the carpet yet again, only to create even bigger gaps between the rich and the poor, out-of-control property prices and reliance on infrastructure projects to keep the economy going.
Perhaps the only person who could sabotage Leung's chances is his own daughter Chai-yan, whose family drama has already cracked the illusion everyone in the household is just as obedient as he is.
Maybe we should start up a crowdfunding campaign to help fund her ongoing antics at Government House...