Leung’s decision is not an indication of Beijing changing course
Chow Pak-chin says that the HKMAO and Liaison Office’s praise for the CE has laid down the criteria for the preliminary skeleton of the next government
The city may perhaps be still in a state of shock following Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s decision to relinquish re-election, but that by no means can justify the malignant and unsubstantiated speculation of some who suggested the decision was a smokescreen for the central government’s withdrawing of support for Leung’s policies and strategies. This isn’t just disinformation, but defamation targeted at the central government also.
It is worthwhile to pay additional attention to the three remarks manifest in the statements issued by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) of the State Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in response to Leung’s public announcement of not running for re-election last Friday.
For starters, the central government’s office that oversees Hong Kong affairs has said that the central government leadership “has always accorded his (Leung’s) work sufficient affirmation and a high assessment”, while the Liaison Office echoed this with an acknowledgement and commendation of similar weight. It doesn’t take a genius to observe that the central government has made an effort to impart such a high level of affirmation and assessment on Hong Kong’s current-term Chief Executive; how is it logical, then, to infer that the central government intended to change course in the governance of the city?
Second, the two offices’ affirmation and commendation of Leung’s policies do not refer to a single appraisal, but stress that they have “always accorded his work sufficient affirmation and high assessment”. Leung’s claim that “the central government has always supported me and said I have done a good job” received unwavering backing from Beijing, as was evident in a statement issued by the HKMAO shortly after Leung’s announcement, which stated: “Mr Leung has steadfastly implemented the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy and the Basic Law since taking up office as the fourth Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, appropriately handled a series of significant political and legal issues, and has made important contributions in defending national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as the political and social stability of Hong Kong.” It added that Leung, with the HKSAR Government and society as the wind beneath his wings, has achieved progressive results in economic development, improvement in people’s livelihoods, and promotion of cross-boundary exchange and cooperation.
The statement issued by the Liaison Office enunciated its support for Leung with even greater clarity: “Leung has led the HKSAR Government in acting consistently with the law, tackling deep-rooted social issues with tenacity, encouraging mutual understanding within the society, as well as stimulating economic development, improving livelihoods, promoting democracy, fostering harmony, aiding cross-boundary cooperation and international connection; undeniably evident is Leung’s strenuous effort, and the positive results.” The Liaison Office also placed emphasis on its commendation of Leung’s handling of political reform and the “Occupy Central” movement, as well as a series of significant political and legal issues such as the lawful crackdown on localism, adding that Leung is an answerable Chief Executive who steadfastly defends national sovereignty and security, the Basic Law, social stability and people’s livelihoods, as well as the rule of law; he is a man of unflagging loyalty to the nation and Hong Kong, and one who
It doesn’t take a genius to observe that the central government has made an effort to impart such a high level of affirmation and assessment on Hong Kong’s current-term Chief Executive; how is it logical, then, to infer that the central government intended to change course in the governance of the city?”
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With words and phrases such as “important contribution”, “progressive results”, “answerable”, and “unflagging loyalty to the nation and Hong Kong” articulated in their statements, the HKMAO as well as the Liaison Office have laid down the criteria for the preliminary skeleton of the next government.
On a separate note, as a doctor I find Leung putting his family’s wellbeing as his utmost priority admirable. He is at the peak of his political career, after all, though a daunting and thankless one nonetheless. To put his political aspirations behind in exchange for the fulfillment of domestic responsibilities requires more gumption and wisdom than one can imagine. I therefore reprimand those who have maliciously jeopardized the health, well-being and reputation of others with their malevolent accusations and spiteful actions — the victims, in this case, being the family members of Leung Chun-ying.
The Consumer Council on Thursday released a report on the real and present danger posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viruses in chicken meat for human consumption here in Hong Kong. The council examined 100 samples of chicken parts from both local and overseas suppliers and found antibiotic-resistant microbes in more than 60 percent of them. That is a very alarming fact considering the popularity of chicken meat in this city.
A by-effect of modern farming, reckless use of antibiotics on domestic animals for human consumption has grabbed public attention and raised widespread concern in many developed countries such as the US and Britain in recent years. As a result, many studies have been done to find out how damaging antibiotic-resistant microbes in animal meats can be to human health. Although there is no definitive conclusion just yet, scientists tend to agree ingesting animal meat carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria may adversely affect the consumer. In light of this reality the Consumer Council suggests tighter regulation is needed on the use of antibiotics in the local poultry farming industry.
Chicken meat is the top source of animal protein here in Hong Kong because it is the most affordable and versatile of all meats on the market. And live chickens are particularly popular because of the Chinese culinary tradi- tion. People believe fresh chicken tastes much better than the frozen varieties and therefore are not always alarmed when they see traces of blood in their chicken dishes if they know it is fresh chicken. Apparently that is one way for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and any other potentially harmful microbes to get into our systems.
Granted, drug resistance is a growing challenge for modern medicine in animals as well as humans, and antibiotic resistance is arguably the most acute of them all right now. Leading pharmaceutical companies and bio-labs around the world are racing against time to develop new antibiotics, hoping to kick emerging drug-resistant microbes to the curb, but time is not on our side. That is why scientists believe vaccination is a much better way to defeat drug resistance, but vaccines take a lot of time to develop, too.
For daily prevention, however, we can begin by thoroughly cooking all the meat we eat. Temperatures above 100 C can kill most if not all microbes found in our daily foods.
Many people may have already learned by now it is a bad idea to use antibiotics freely but may not be aware the same theory applies to animals as well, which is why antibiotics usage should be strictly controlled one way or another.