Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Not Exactly Choreographed

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam encountering views counter to the government...
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is having a tough time to say the least.

Not only did people boo her and her entourage when they tried to do a bus tour through some Hong Kong districts on the weekend, but she even encountered dissent at a pro-Beijing event this evening.

At a community outreach session supposedly choreographed by the Federation of Trade Unions at Lai Kok Estate in Cheung Sha Wan, Lam fielded questions from residents.

The media watched as the first man chosen by FTU lawmaker Chan Yuen-han to raise a question said to Lam, "I want universal suffrage."

Holding a microphone, the middle-aged man added Lam failed to deliver on her promise to get rid of illegal structures in rural New Territories when she was secretary for development.

His microphone was then switched off and taken away by helpers.

The next man to speak was accompanied by an FTU officer, who read into his ear: "Support the chief executive election in 2017."

How original.

Afterwards Lam said to the media: "I've heard such views. I don't hold the view that we are unaware of split views in society."

You don't say, Carrie! But what are you going to do about it?

Having someone demand universal suffrage at an event held by Beijing loyalists is surely very embarrassing to say the least.

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fong On-sang speculated Lam was "between a rock and a hard place".

"Carrie has no power even though you can see, reading between the lines, she is very unhappy actually with the whole way this consultation and the package of the constitutional proposals has been presented," Chan said.

She even added, "I have the distinct impression that she doesn't believe what's coming out from her own mouth."

Ouch. Guess Lam isn't winning an Academy Award for Best Actress anytime soon -- or is Chan hinting the incumbent isn't very good at her job?

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