The HKU Alumni Concern Group has described Chief Executive CY Leung's decision to appoint former education secretary Arthur Li as the chairman of the University of Hong Kong's governing body as a "declaration of war against Hong Kong society".
The group's vice-convenor, Mak Tung-wing, said they will carry out a protest against Li's appointment by marching from Chater Garden to Government House on Sunday.
He said there are many people other than Li who are well-suited to take up the job. "Don’t say that Hong Kong doesn’t have any talent other than Professor Arthur Li. This is a very big insult to a lot of Hong Kong University graduates", he said.
"The chancellor [CY Leung] has purposefully selected a particular individual who is obviously opposed by every stakeholder. If this is not a declaration of war, I can’t interpret otherwise".
Mak added that the appointment was not made in the best interest of the university, and would only further polarise and destablise the institution.