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Confidence in government must be restored, Tsang says
It was vital for the government to regain Hongkongers’ confidence in its policy work, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday, two days after a survey revealed his approval ratings had hit a new low.
Speaking before a consultation session last night with district councillors about his October policy address, the chief executive said the speech would touch on people’s confidence in the government.
Following several recent incidents, I feel there is a need to enhance people’s confidence in the government and our values. I believe this will be touched on in the address, Mr Tsang said, without saying which incidents he was referring to.
After the controversial approval of ex-housing chief Leung Chin-man’s job with a property developer, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday that more people disapproved than approved of the chief executive’s performance – for the first time since he took up the post in 2005.
Mr Tsang did not respond when asked after the session if the government was facing a crisis.
During the one-hour, closed-door session, Wan Chai district councillor Michael Mak Kwok-fung, of the League of Social Democrats, asked Mr Tsang if he would pledge to launch an investigation into Mr Leung’s case.
Mr Tsang replied that he had explained the matter earlier and refused further comment, Mr Mak said.
City University political analyst James Sung Lap-kung said that, judging by Mr Tsang’s words, the public could expect a reform of the accountability system, the system for assessing post-retirement employment of senior officials, and the foreign domestic helpers levy.
These are the three unavoidable issues that he has to give an explanation for. These are what the public are most upset about, Dr Sung said.
He said Mr Tsang now seemed to realise that his drop in the ratings was no anomaly, but represented an accumulation of Hongkongers’ sentiment that would continue to fall unless he responded to recent events. In the poll, 39 per cent of respondents approved of Mr Tsang’s performance and 41 per cent disapproved.
Beijing will also be very concerned, Dr Sung said. The public lost confidence in a businessman [former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa] and now a civil servant. Who can be the next chief executive without inheriting this time bomb?
Chan Kin-man, a sociologist at Chinese University and the host of the consultation session, said the chief executive also pledged to implement 10 major infrastructure projects during his term of service.
Mr Tsang also emphasised the importance of getting support from the Legislative Council to smooth the implementation of projects.