Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Wanting Out and Slim Pickings

You can't compare apples with oranges...
Nearly 75 percent of Hong Kong people want Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to step down before his term is over at the end of June.

His popularity rating has also plummeted to a record low of 43.5 points out of 100, which contrasts with the 72.3 he got when he first took office in June 2005.

The latest results were from a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme where 1,001 people were questioned from March 2-7, just after Tsang apologized for his trips on luxury yachts and a private jet as well as his very good deal on a retirement flat in Shenzhen from businessman Bill Wong Cho-bau.

The poll found 71 percent of respondents were against his role as a city leader, up 7 percentage points from February. His popularity rating was down 3.1 points from last month.

"The significant drop in the chief executive's popularity is probably related to his suspected conflict of interest," said Robert Chung Ting-yiu, the programme's director.

Tsang still insists his links with tycoons have not affected his policymaking but the public disagrees.

Meanwhile the Civic Party conducted its own poll and found 53 percent of 2,364 respondents were unconvinced by Tsang's explanations for his behaviour. Half of those surveyed wanted Legco to investigate the conflict-of-interest allegations.

The poll was conducted between March 5 and 12.

In other somewhat related news, we are disappointed to hear entrepreneur Allan Zeman still putting his support fully behind Chief Executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, claiming public opinion has improved.

"Henry is back to what he was before... he is more confident," Zeman said yesterday. He added Tang and Leung Chun-ying are now equal in terms of scandals with the latter facing alleged triad links.

Zeman even equates Tang with former US President Bill Clinton saying, "Bill Clinton had an affair with [Monica] Lewinsky, but that did not stop him from being a well-loved president," he said.

The difference is that most people approved of Clinton and his policies before the scandal. Not many Hong Kong people liked Tang from the beginning.

Sounds like Zeman is comparing apples with oranges, particularly ones that are hardly ripe for picking.

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