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Whisper it softly – Leung Chun-ying may be back in 2022

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Former city leader Leung Chun-ying might have felt a tinge of jealousy when he accompanied his former No 2 and current Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor at the opening of the cross-border express rail at the weekend. The cruel irony of Hong Kong politics had him accompanying Lam, instead of the other way around.

His successor now reaps the benefits of the many controversial battles he fought as chief executive. Among these is a neutered legislature, which enabled the quick passage of a bill for joint law enforcement with mainland officers at the West Kowloon terminus of the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou.

It was Leung and his secretary for justice who did much of the heavy lifting in setting up the bureaucratic and legal procedures to screen election candidates and even disqualify winners. These were the precursors to banning the........

© South China Morning Post