Hong Kong Leader: No Democracy Because Poor People Can’t Be Trusted

Hong Kong Leader: No Democracy Because Poor People Can’t Be Trusted
Max Chang
October 21, 2014
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Chun-Ying Leung solidified his position as an elitist douche with his remarks in a recent interview.
CY Leung, who was appointed by Beijing, gave an interview to the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal from his official residence/lair in Hong Kong — which is actually a colonial-era mansion luxed out with crystal chandeliers and guarded by massive stone lions. In the excerpt below, CY Leung addresses Hong Kong’s massive population of low income earners.

“If it’s entirely a numbers game — numeric representation — then obviously you’d be talking to half the people in Hong Kong [that] earn less than US$1,800 a month. You would end up with that kind of politics and policies.”

What do you mean “that” kind of politics and policies? The kind of politics and policies of a democratic system of equality? Or are we reverting back to voting based on light skin and land ownership?
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been disrupting the city at its core and calling for CY’s resignation for weeks over Beijing’s plan to eliminate free elections. Now we know why: CY Leung doesn’t trust poor people to govern themselves through democracy. There are around 7 million residents in Hong Kong, 5 million of which are voters, all of whom may never have a say in electing their officials.
Leung is the son of a police officer who earned his millions as a real estate executive — now he is the most hated man in Hong Kong.
It’s now pretty clear where the now infamous daughter of Hong Kong’s leader, Chai Yan Leung, gets her rather charming attitude towards the taxpayers of Hong Kong.
Source: Quartz
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