Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has dismissed a new popularity survey on potential candidates for the city’s top job in which he received the lowest rate of support.

Leung received a net negative support of -44.7 per cent, the lowest among five potential candidates, in a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme starting early October. The poll was commissioned by the Ming Pao newspaper. The other potential candidates included were John Tsang, Jasper Tsang, Carrie Lam and Regina Ip.

Asked by reporters about his view on the survey, Leung said on Tuesday that no one has announced their candidacy in the 2017 Chief Executive election.

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: GovHK screenshot.

“The candidates in this survey also did not include pan-democratic candidates,” he said. “These few people have yet to propose any visions in governing Hong Kong, any election platforms, nor any policies, so when we know who has decided to run later on, what their visions, platforms and policies are, the survey will be of greater value at that time.”

Leung also said he will notify the public as soon as possible when he has made a decision to seek a second term.

Meanwhile, Leung said he and the government will respect the choice of lawmakers in choosing the president of the Legislative Council.

He and the government attach great importance to the relationship between the administration and the legislature, he said, adding that he believed it was the common wish of society that both parties perform their duties and cooperate well in order to complete the work of the Legislative Council.

Joshua Wong and the room he was detained in. Photo: Facebook.

Thai decision

The case of Demosisto party secretary-general Joshua Wong being denied entry to Thailand raised concerns that China was involved in the decision.

In response, Leung said: “For anyone including Hong Kong residents, when they enter a country or a region, of course local authorities, local governments will decide whether they will be allowed to enter according to their laws, regulations and immigration policies.”

“In this Thailand incident, the Thai government has expressed clearly that it was the decision of the Thai government itself,” Leung said.

When asked by reporters, Leung also said that there was no need to declare the HK$50 million he received from Australian engineering firm UGL to the Executive Council.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.