Seen and Heard, 17 June 2016

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Our selection of the previous week’s most politically charged and controversial soundbites.

“The problem is that, since the handover, the Chief Executive does not lead a political party.” – Tung Chee-hwa (董建華)

Former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa gave a speech at the Our Hong Kong Foundation luncheon on Monday. He claimed the deadlock in Hong Kong politics and failure of executive-led governance could be attributed to the inability of the chief executive to represent a political party. He also called for more cooperation between the government and the pro-establishment camp.


“We ‘act’ in front of the video…..with ‘director’ and ‘script’.” – Lam Wing-kee (林榮基)

Lam Wing-kee, the shopkeeper of Causeway Bay Bookstore, held a press conference to describe how he was detained in Shenzhen last October when he crossed the border and then transferred to Ningbo by mainland police and officials. He revealed that store manager Lee Bo (李波), him and the other detainees were all forced to confess their guilt. Lam also said that Lee privately admitted he was abducted by mainland officials in Hong Kong.


“Some of our [Taxi Owner’s Association] members suggest learning the way of protests from Paris – using taxis to block roads and burning old tires.”  – Wong Po-keung (黃保強)  

The government on Monday proposed to issue up to 600 premium taxi licenses to improve the quality of taxi services. Wong Po-keung, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Taxi Owner’s Association, then argued that the proposal was unfair to the current taxi license owners, and revealed that some members of the association had threatened to protest like Parisians.