香港大學學生會致校務委員會委員之公開信 | Open Letter to Council Members from HKUSU
Dear Members of the Council,
Immediate independent investigation for HKU’s autonomy — to reveal the apparent truth
We are sorry to express our deepest discontent towards the unsatisfactory reply made by Dr the Hon. Che-hung Leong after the Council meeting on 24 February 2015 (Tue) on the arrangement of the appointment of the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources) (VP&PVC (ASR)). More than 50 HKU students participated in the sit-in protest during the Council meeting, in hope of expressing our concern towards the selection process and the importance of institutional autonomy. While shunning from the demand of students, he did not even promise to hold an emergency Council meeting concerning the establishment of an independent investigation panel for the above scandal.
The recent reports suspecting Mr C. Y. Leung’s political interference in the appointment of Prof. Johannes Chan as the VP&PVC (ASR) have induced disparate guesses and opinions in society. According to the report of i-Cable TV, in early January, Mr Henry W. K. Wai, the Registrar, emailed and informed all staff that the appointment of the three Vice-Presidents would be confirmed in one to two months. Yet, not only did the Council postpone the discussion of the appointment of VP&PVC (ASR) to an unspecified date, there is not even a simple update on its progress from Dr the Hon. Leong’s reply. With regards to such contradiction between the discourses of Dr the Hon. Che-hung Leong and Mr Henry W. K. Wai, we demand a reply from the Council.
Given the confidentiality policy in the Council, it is understandable that certain documents cannot be disclosed to the public. Therefore, an independent investigation panel shall be set up to scrutinise the whole selection process and all related confidential documents, so as to ensure that there is no political interference. It is hoped that the composition of the panel shall resemble the one set up in the year of 2000 for investigating the scandal concerning the Public Opinoin Programme (POP) led by Dr Robert T. Y. Chung. All positions shall be taken up by personnel from unrelated third parties, namely the non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal as the chairperson of the panel as in 2000. Moreover, similar to the review panel of the August 18 Centenary Ceremony, the panel shall present a report to the HKUSU Council. All these can ensure the transparency of the whole process and the right to know of HKU students.
We hereby have two major demands regarding our concerns:
1. to establish an independent investigation panel to investigate the scandal and ensure the absence of political interference
2. to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the establishment of an independent investigation panel
An incident is destined ever since the very beginning, no matter a truth or a falsehood. An independent investigation panel shall undoubtedly ensure its transparency and reveal the true picture for both HKU students and the general public.
Your swift reply is much appreciated. Our academic freedom and institutional autonomy depend on you.
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
26 Feburary 2015