A former chairman of the University of Hong Kong’s governing council, Leong Che-hung, has called on alumni, teachers and students, as well as the public, to give his successor Arthur Li a chance and see how he will fare.
The HKU Convocation had earlier passed a resolution saying Li is not a suitable person for the job.
But, Leong said improvement requires cooperation and harmony: "Why can’t we agree on major issues despite having minor differences?", he asked.
Leong added that he had worked with Li for a long time in the medical sector, and saw him as a man of "vigour and responsibility".
When asked whether he is worried about Li’s high-handed leadership style, Leong would only say that he believes one would "use his own ways to make the organisation improve".
Meanwhile, council member and lawmaker Abraham Shek said he fully supports Li’s appointment. He said with Li’s "experience, qualifications and network", he is a "very suitable person" for the job.