Pro-Beijing camp lawmakers have been accused of “acting in a show” with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his final question and answer session at the Legislative Council.

Lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung of the pro-democracy camp complained that the pro-Beijing camp were asking long, empty questions, in an effort to stall the session without raising any challenging questions.

“This is just like the National People’s Congress,” he said. “Then, Leung Chun-ying comes up with long answers, without sticking to the point.”

Leung Kwok-hung. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“We now see once again Leung Chun-ying and his fans – the pro-government side – act in a show called ‘Chief Executive Q&A’.”

Leung Kwok-hung claimed the Hong Kong leader was enlisting the pro-Beijing camp’s help to avoid cooperating with the legislature in the investigation into alleged corruption relating to the UGL saga. He was removed the legislature by security staff after throwing papers in the direction of Leung.

Wong Ting-kwong, a veteran member of the DAB party, was the first lawmaker chosen to ask questions.

“I thank you for your hard work during your term and your work to push staff members of government departments to serve the public,” Wong said.

Leung Chun-ying and Wong Ting-kwong. Photo: YouTube/LegCo.

He said Leung introduced measures in attempts to solve the issue of property prices, but prices of private housing and the waiting time of public housing have been rising, despite more supply.

“It made us feel that your efforts have not had the effect that they should have,” he said. He asked Leung to sum up the difficulties in land issues, and give advice to the next chief executive.

In a follow up question, Wong also asked Leung if the use of some land needs to be changed in order to solve the land shortage issue, apparently responding to Leung’s previous claims that some country parks should be developed.

Leung then voiced criticism against those who have used judicial reviews to challenge development: “They are unnecessary, they delayed progress.”

Eunice Yung. Photo: YouTube/LegCo.

Eunice Yung of the New People’s Party asked about how the government could help research institutions can use their findings to benefit industry, and how can they contribute to the economy.

Leung in turn thanked Yung for her questions with a smile: “Of course these are topics we should look into.”

Meanwhile, Lo Wai-kwok of the BPA party asked about cooperation with development of the Pearl River Delta “bay area” cities – a state policy which Leung had said the Hong Kong government must follow up with.

Leung then thanked Lo’s party for submitting suggestions over the issue at the government headquarters last week, which he has given to his colleagues for review.

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.