The public will voice their opinion of CY Leung on July 1
July 1 is going to be a big day for Hong Kongers, many of whom will probably use the public holiday to show their displeasure towards the government.
Public trust and confidence in the Hong Kong and central governments have plunged to 2003 levels when over 500,000 people took to the streets in a mass protest.
A poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme showed that distrust of the central government had reached a record high of 45 percent, while 37 percent distrusted the Hong Kong government, comparable to that of 2003.
More than 1,000 people were polled between June 10 and 13. Only 32 percent said they trusted the government, while those who distrusted it rose from 26 percent to 37 percent. Only one in four trusted Beijing, compared to 45 percent who did not.
For the first time since the handover, people who were confident in "one country, two systems" failed to outnumber those with no confidence at 47 percent each.
Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu says the figures were "a worrying situation", while the director of the public governance programme at Lingnan University Dr Li Pang-kwong, said this showed a deep distrust of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration.
"The lack of trust has put the government in an unfavourable position, as the public will always cast doubt on its policies, which will take time to show their effects," Li said. "It has now become an urgent issue to restore trust, or his governance could be dragged deeper into crisis."
However, Li said the size of the July 1 rally this year would probably not be the same as the one 10 years ago.
As if to dismiss the latest survey, Leung said, "one country, two systems" has been well implemented. "If anyone thinks there are any problems with its implementation, we should step up publicity on the Basic Law," he said.
Uh huh. How is learning more about the Basic Law going to make us trust the government more?
Perhaps Leung has forgotten he has a few scandals on his watch, such as former ICAC head Timothy Tong Hin-ming accused of wining and dining mainland officials with lots of booze and gifts, while former executive councillor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen's HKMex is mired in controversy for dramatically shutting down...