Thank you Chairman. I just want to make a few comments, but the comments…when I make this comment that I understand, that I totally understand my duty as a member of the Council, particularly in terms of the appointment of senior executive in this Council. I understand that and I understand the duty. And to me, there is no emotion in that. What I said later is something that I really give a lot of thought into it.
I know this candidate very well. In fact we were in the same class when we were in LSE. So I know the candidate well. It’s not that I don’t understand him, I don’t know him. And I read the paper and every piece of paper on my table, and I exercise my independent thinking without anybody intervening. With the biggest interest of the University, wide and long of the University, and before I make my comment, so I know what I am doing.
In the last two years or so, this University, just like Hong Kong, has been undergoing quite a bumpy journey, in a sense that so many things happening in Hong Kong. It started from the University, the8.18 visit of Li Keqiang and also the Occupy Central thing, the donation issue, and recently about this appointment of this Vice President and PVC. In fact the last two years and a half, it’s pretty sickening in a sense, you can see that so many discussion, division, particularly and entirely divided, you know, the community.
And I can understand, I mean, University as part of the wider Hong Kong community that reflect whatever happened in Hong Kong in the University, I can understand, but what bother me a lot is about this division, now the problem of this division is that it continues to divide the University.
I don’t talk about Hong Kong, just about this University. It really, I think to me, is becoming a distraction of the University and it prevents the University actually to look longer term. In the last two years, I’ve been sitting in this Council every month, even more work than my own board meeting, but we never have a chance to talk about what makes up this University. Have we ever even think of any opportunities that we should grasp and let this University shine and glow?
I’ve been patiently waiting, you know, the new VC coming to this University with a hope that we have a smooth strategy of development. No time. No discussions. Everything has been pre-occupied and dominated by this sided political issue, the issues that are so divided in the community. And I am sickening.
And then when I think of this appointment, I give a pause into looking into whether this candidate would further divide the University, or unite the University. I asked this question because I want to see this unity, so that we’re able to see this University continue to glow. Because of the potential controversy of this candidate…I don’t say whether, you know, the candidate is wrong or why we can bring this up…because there is a potential controversy. It exists whether you, whatever position you…whether you are on yellow camp or the blue camp…I don’t care. But the potential controversy exists.
And because of a strong political position of this candidate, and I do not have enough confidence that this candidate would probably help to unite. But on the contrary, he probably would further divide. Now this is a senior executive position that’s on academic staffing and resources. I’ve been a chair of HRPC for several years. and I think that this is important that we look for person…I think in a lot of cases during my career to appoint a lot of senior executives, persons can be qualified but may not be suitable. I know this candidate well. He’s a good gentleman. But sometimes for a lot of other reasons, he may not be totally suitable. And I have to say, because of the controversy that exists, because of his strong political position, because of the potential risk of further divide the community, I have to say I do not have enough confidence to accept this recommendation. And I want the candidate, at least, the future PVC or the Vice President, must be able to unite and must not politicize the working place that he is working in.
So on that basis, Chairman, I would suggest that we go for another search and I cannot accept the recommendation as proposed. Thank you.
港大校長馬斐森：Just one comment on that. I agree with Rosanna’s analysis on the division of Hong Kong in the way that Hong Kong U has been caught up in that.(…) it’s not correct to say that what is happening is that we are not focusing on strategic development(…) unfortunately no one is interested in it, the press is not interested in it, no one wants to input news stories, everyone wants to hear controversy(…) There’s great deal going on, you notice in my report the structured way that I talk about that, just one of the recent manifestations but there’s a number of new initiatives, a number of exciting developments coming from the new vice presidents and the new deans(…) It is just not correct for anyone to think that the University of Hong Kong is standing still while this controversy rages.
That’s not to say I don’t want the controversy over as well, of course I do. I personally don’t think any of the three outcomes I highlighted will be a force for unity. But I do think that, I just want to make a point that I think this is my job to continue making this and trying to do it. Every time I’m given the opportunity to speak publicly…it’s a great deal going on, the University of Hong Kong, a great deal of development, we’re not standing still.
王䓪鳴：Chairman, may I just make one point?（主席我可否回應一點）
王䓪鳴：Thank you the VC for this, you know, comment. But when I said this I refer particularly to the Council. The Council has no time for discussion on this issue, and every discussion in the Council meeting would be bothered by all these controversies. And therefore in my view, I’m glad to hear that at this University, you know, have some new thinking, and that’s why I just asked you about this strategy which I look forward and I’m particularly interested to move forward the University. I love this University so much. And I’ve served this University for so many years. And this is my alma matar too. And I think we must grasp every opportunity to make it so. And that is the reason why I think I do not want to see anybody coming in and further divide, I would rather to see the potential of uniting this University. And this is my argument.