Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Pro-Beijing Paper Blasts CY Leung

The front page of Sing Pao calling for CY Leung to be investigated
Sing Pao is a staunch pro-Beijing newspaper, but today its editorial claimed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was "inciting" the Hong Kong independence movement with the help of the Liaison Office.

The editorial urged China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) to investigate Leung and the office, which is an extension of the Central government in the city.

"In fact, Hong Kong independence has no market in Hong Kong... Leung Chun-ying deliberately encouraged Hong Kong independence to consolidate the authority of his governance and the hawk faction," it read, saying there was barely any talk of independence before Leung came to office.

It also criticized Leung for attracting only incompetent people to work for him, saying the Liaison Office was happy to see a "core interest group" seeking the approval of Leung and the office.

It quoted "political figures" whom the editorial author knew as saying that they received "warm reminders" a day after they made statements in disagreement with Leung. The author claimed there were threats made to those who spoke out, and that many political figures had experienced this.

The editorial urged the CCDI to investigate the Liaison Office, specifically mentioning Li Qiufang, a member of the commission who has been stationed at the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council since January in order to oversee discipline inspection work in the Hong Kong and Macau Liaison Office.

"Hong Kong society expects the CCDI to investigate the work and the role of the Liaison Office along with a recommendation to disband the group that hurts the interests of the country and Hong Kong," the editorial said.

"Return peace to Hong Kong society; return lives not involved in politics to schools; return the energy for developing the country to the political and business sector; return innocence to the 'central [government]' so that it does not have to take the blame for some individuals who only seek personal gain."

Is this for real? Sounds like Leung must have made someone at Sing Pao so angry that they are calling for him and the Liaison Office to be investigated by Li.

One would have thought Apple Daily would be pushing for this, but for a pro-Beijing newspaper to do this is very intriguing, especially days before the Legislative Council election.

How is the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) going to handle this latest hot potato? All is not united in the pro-Beijing camp when someone is calling for bad elements to be ousted.

However the democratic camp is so fractured, this outburst won't do much, though it will help boost candidate Ricky Wong Wai-kay's platform of "ABC" -- anyone but CY Leung...

Will Li and CCDI respond? Stay tuned...

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