Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has taken almost as many holidays in three years as his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa had in eight. The average number of holidays in a year that Leung has asked for is also higher than any former chief executive.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: StandNews.

The Chief Executive’s Office gave a written reply on Wednesday to lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee’s question about holidays. It said that Leung had taken 51 days of holidays from July 1, 2012 to February 29, 2016.

Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong’s first chief executive after the 1997 handover, took 59.5 days of holidays in his eight years at the helm Apple Daily reported.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was taunted as an “offshore chief executive”, totted up 89.5 days of holidays, according to the report.

The three generations of chief executives: Tung Chee-hwa (left), Donald Tsang (centre), and Leung Chun-ying (right). Photo: Apple Daily.

Averaging out, Tung had 7.4 days of holidays a year, Tsang 12.8, and Leung 13.9, the highest among the three.

Leung’s term as chief executive ends next year. He has not revealed whether or not he will run again. Finance Secretary John Tsang, New People’s Party Chairperson Regina Ip, DAB Chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king and former finance secretary Antony Leung are rumoured to be potential candidates, but all four have remained tight lipped on whether they will run.

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Hermina Wong

Hermina is a Hong Kong writer and journalist. She graduated with a degree in politics from Cambridge, and is interested in international affairs, particularly those related to China, the EU and the Middle East. She also enjoys political satire.