Our selection of the previous week’s most politically charged and controversial soundbites.
“If we were to choose between Leung Chun-ying and Albert Ho Chun-yan, or between Leung Chun-ying and Leung Kwok-hung, of course we [Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions] would go for Leung Chun-ying!” – Wong Kwok-hing
Wong Kwok-hing of HKFTU is seeking re-election, albeit not in his usual Hong Kong Island constituency He is standing in the upcoming ‘super seat’ race. At his campaign on 21 July at Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, the press asked whether he would support the re-election of the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Wong replied indirectly by claiming that HKFTU would support Leung Chun-ying if Albert Ho Chun-yan or Leung ‘long hair’ Kwok-hung stand in the coming CE election.
“…If [Hong Kong separatists] are allowed to use Legco elections as a platform to propagate their ‘Hong Kong separatist’ agenda and participate in ‘Hong Kong separatist’ activities, or furthermore, if such ‘Hong Kong separatists’ are allowed to be part of the legislature of HKSAR, People’s Republic of China, is that acceptable by the ‘One Country Two Systems’ principle? Is that acceptable by the Basic Law?…” – Zhang Xiaoming
At a preparation committee meeting on 20 July for the 67th anniversary celebration of the founding of PRC coming 1 Oct, Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong, pointed out that Hong Kong separatists standing in Legco election is going against ‘One Country Two Systems’ and Basic Law. The Electoral Affairs Commission required all candidates to declare allegiance to HKSAR and Basic Law by signing on a declaration form, but the legality of practise was under question.
“…a strip of land west of the West Kowloon Cultural District is designated for building a big performance arena and an exhibition centre, known as the Mega Performance Venue Exhibition Centre in English. However, the project is excluded in our budget…” – Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
After a West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board meeting on 20 July, the Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that the board would reconsider the planning for the vacant lot west of the District. It was designated for building a big performance arena and an exhibition centre, says Lam, but since the future Kai Tak Sports Park is also expected to be a performance venue, the Authority would rethink how to utilise the vacant lot.