Former chairman of TVB Norman Leung Nai-pang has been nominated as council chair by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Council, eight months after he was nominated as a council member by the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying last June.

Addressing a “rumour” in the local media, Norman Leung told reporters that he was not “pro-chief executive” on Thursday.

He will be officially appointed council chair when the chief executive approves the nomination.

Norman Leung Nai-pang and Leung Chun-ying at a funeral.
Norman Leung Nai-pang and Leung Chun-ying at a funeral. File

Norman Leung said that there was a need to define what “pro-chief executive” means, adding that he worked with the current Chief Executive when Leung Chun-ying was council chair at City University.

“Even as a CUHK council member, I will definitely support academic freedom and institutional autonomy,” he told reporters.

Norman Leung Nai-pang. File
Norman Leung Nai-pang. File

Chow Shue Fung, the CUHK Student Union president, told Ming Pao that he was disappointed Norman Leung was nominated before students and faculty were consulted. He also added that Leung did not state his position clearly on the issue of whether the Chief Executive should be the chancellor of all schools.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.