`I’m worst ever Legco chief at least in CY eyes’

Kenneth Lau

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said he believes the government probably regards him as the worst president the Legislative Council has had.

This is because of the filibustering that prevented several government requests from being met, he told Straight Talk host Michael Chugani on TVB last night.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had earlier blamed filibustering for slowing down the territory’s economic development.

“If you ask him, he would probably say: `Well, Tsang Yok-sing is the worst Legco president because he allowed the pan-democrats to disrupt the proceedings,”‘ Tsang said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said twice when asked for his reaction in the event Leung actually labels him as such.

“I know CY and some of his colleagues are very unhappy with the way, you know, the filibustering is being conducted,” he said.

On his younger brother Tsang Tak- sing’s resignation as secretary for home affairs, Tsang said his sibling would have been happy to resign if Leung told him that Lau Kong-wah would succeed him.

The Legco president added that blaming one official for a poor performance in handling the 79-day Occupy movement is absurd.

“It was such a large scale, a large movement. I think it is absurd to simply point the finger at one official and say you did a bad job. I mean it is neither fair to the official himself nor to the students,” he said.

Tsang Tak-sing had been arrested during the 1967 riots. But Jasper Tsang said his brother was different from the University of Hong Kong students who recently stormed an HKU council meeting.

“Tsang Tak-sing never disrupted any schoolwork,” he said.

“My brother never disrupted any lesson in the school. My brother did not rush into the staffrooms, stopping the teaching staff from doing their work.

“He was polite, very, in an orderly way, handing out leaflets.”

HKU council member Arthur Li Kwok-cheung had earlier accused the students of acting like Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.

Tsang said Li’s condemnation of the students was a bit excessive.

“Maybe it was a bit, you know, excessive, especially the comparison,” he said.

“But though I disagree with Arthur’s remarks, it doesn’t mean I condone what the students did.”

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