High Tide (November 13th 2015) – Daily political round up

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CY Leung storms out of meeting with ‘Long Hair’; Rare all-Yes vote in LegCo; Abraham Shek named HKU Council spokesman.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

CY Leung and officials storm out of meeting with ‘Long Hair’
– CY Leung stormed out of a meeting with several lawmakers over the next Policy Address and Budget as ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung snubbed the CE’s warning and read out a letter criticising him
– Four other officials, including Central Policy Unit member Professor Wong Chack-kie and Director of the CE’s Office Edward Yau, also followed CY Leung and boycotted the meeting
– CY Leung and the officials returned to the meeting with other attending lawmakers, namely independent pro-est Paul Tse, Labour lawmaker Poon Siu-ping and Medical lawmaker Leung Ka-lau, a few minutes after ‘Long Hair’ left
– ‘Long Hair’ blasted CY Leung for his arrogance, saying that he also criticised in closed-door meetings NPCSC chairman Zhang Dejiang, and former CEs Donald Tsang and the more “well-tempered” Tung Chee-hwa

Ann Chiang’s motion on strengthening vocational education receives rare all-Yes votes
– The LegCo meeting yesterday saw a rare rapprochement as Ann Chiang’s non-binding motion on strengthening vocational education was backed by all 52 attending lawmakers
– When debating on the motion, a number of lawmakers, including Chan Kin-por and Tam Yiu-chung, backed greater efforts to educate people on practical knowledge and skills

John Tsang to attend G20 Summit in Turkey
– Financial Secretary John Tsang will depart for Antalya, Turkey, tonight to attend the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit as a member of the PRC delegation
– Tsang will then pay a two-day visit to Bucharest, Romania, before returning to Hong Kong on November 20

Politics (General)

Abraham Shek named interim spokesperson of HKU Council, backs court injunction
– The University of Hong Kong Council, during a special meeting (ch), named Real Estate and Construction lawmaker and pro-est Council member Abraham Shek as spokesperson of the Council before a new chairman is appointed
– Shek said after the meeting that the Council supported outgoing chairman Edward Leong’s decision to seek a court injunction to prohibit further publication of leaked recordings of the Council’s meetings

Lingnan University president tells localist professor to ‘mind your words or bear the consequences’
– Lingnan University associate professor Dr Chin Wan-kan, more commonly known as Wan Chin, was warned by the University’s president Leonard Cheng to “mind [his] words”, or “suffer the consequences”
– Wan Chin is a major figure of the localist camp and supports a more radical approach in fight for democracy
– The University itself, meanwhile, is already suffering the consequences brought by two of its senior members as Associate Vice President Herdip Singh was recently accused of plagiarism while member of the Lingnan University Court and Council Alex Lee Ye-lick was running the Lifelong College which reportedly used dodgy documents to fast-track degrees

Alibaba founder admits interest in investing in media following SCMP rumours
– Alibaba’s founder and executive chairman Jack Ma admitted that he sought further media investments, but refused to confirm recent rumours that the SCMP Group was the target
– Ma was once caught in a controversial remarks of which he reportedly backed the Tiananmen massacre in an interview with the SCMP in 2013 – Alibaba later issued a statement saying Ma was quoted ‘improperly’