“Youngsters seem happy to see Leung Chun-ying,” Information Coordinator for the Office of Chief Executive Andrew Fung Wai-kwong has said. Opinion polls suggesting this was a minority opinion were “full of errors”, he added
In his column in Headline Daily on Monday, Fung said that – since he always accompanies the Chief Executive at events – he saw Leung interacting with youngsters, and once heard a university student saying that their impression of Leung “totally changed” after meeting him.
“This is probably the reason why Leung has continued meeting youngsters, and also why adults who are opposed to Leung have kept finding ways to lash out at Leung’s public events,” he added.
He also criticised the media for “blocking these truths” because of their political stance.
Fung occasionally uses his personal Facebook account to post photos of Leung attending events. His multiple defences of the city’s embattled leader prompted netizens to criticise him for going overboard to protect his boss.
In July 2015, he posted a video of Leung taking photos with youngsters at an event organised by the Federation of New Territories Youth. The caption reads, “The Chief Executive is extremely popular among young people”.
Meanwhile, Fung also said there were “large errors” in poll results on popularity and ratings of political parties and government officials.
According to the latest survey published by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP) on Wednesday, Leung’s approval ratings have hit an all-time low since taking office in 2012.
“Polling organisations do not explain, and continue granting themselves authority,” Fung said. “Political stance determines what readers see. If it continues like this, society will continue to make erroneous judgements on a large scale.”