The recent pondering of incumbent CY, plus Carrie, John Tsang, Regina and Tsang Yok-sing as possible next Chief Executive overlooked Antony Leung. He had dropped off the radar in recent months, in the manner of one who has better things to do. But, almost instantly, the former Financial Secretary reappears, heading up some sort of think-tank proposing education reforms.
The main impression is that the Hong Kong education system is so antiquated that unremarkable and obvious ideas come across as exciting and radical. Apparently, it has not yet occurred to local universities to interview prospective students…
When reporters ask, Antony naturally says this publicity-seeking is nothing to do with wanting to be CE. They should put the question differently: “Wouldn’t you agree that anyone wanting to be CE must be mentally deranged?” The answer would be far more telling.
Antony Leung’s presence in the list of possible-next-CEs makes little difference. He is a remote and not-very-popular reminder of the Regina-era under CH Tung. Beijing will choose whoever it wants regardless of how much or little they wave their arms and shout Me! Me! Me! For some reason, Tsang Yok-sing sees fit to deny this indisputable fact. But the alternative is that the Chinese Communist Party would delegate authority to any other entity – in this case a dolt-and-shoe-shiner-packed panel of 1,200.
The jockeying for attention in the meantime may not always be what it seems. It could be that some of the hopefuls are pretending to appear to want the job because Beijing’s officials have told them to. There are no limits to the self-absorbed and malevolent or simply pointless micro-management that can come out of the Liaison Office.