Seen and Heard: John Tsang, Ken Chow, Anson Chan, Wong Yuk-man

Our selection of the previous week’s most politically charged and controversial soundbites.

(Photo credit: The Peak)


Zero tolerance for mistakes

1. “In public administration, you cannot make mistakes in anything. Once you make a mistake, you can hurt a lot of people. It’s important that we do each thing properly and correctly, hence the conservatism.”

“All they want is dialogue. People want to be heard and people need to be understood. Some views may not be workable, but some may. We need to come to some kind of consensus and understanding on the way forward.” – John Tsang Chun-wah (曾俊華)

In the latest issue of The Peak, Financial Secretary John Tsang does not hold back from commenting on the rebellious years (70s mustache a must-see) of his student days,  architectural entrepreneurship and his political philosophy.

 

Mysterious forces!

2. “The force behind is far stronger than [the Liaison Office or triads]…This [election] may be the last one which you still have an option.” – Ken Chow Wing-kan (周永勤)

Liberal Party’s Ken Chow claimed before departing for the UK that the pressure that forced him to withdraw from the New Territories West election came from a force that was “far stronger” than the Liaison Office or triads. Maybe the Monkey King or the Jade Emperor.

When asked why he did not seek police assistance, Chow questioned how the police can enforce laws when that force is not a local one.

Later on Facebook, Chow opened fire on CY Leung for eroding “the harmony between urban and rural areas”, “fair and just values and principles upheld by Hongkongers”, and “meritocracy in business sector”. He also called on the public to cast their votes in fight for an electoral system that can offer them a genuine choice. There’s one power he isn’t afraid of…

 

You don’t get what you deserve!

3. “The  stakes have arguably never been higher […] I used to believe in the maxim that people get the government they deserve, but no longer.” – Anson Maria Elizabeth Chan Fang On-sang (陳方安生)

Speaking at an FCC event yesterday, former Chief Secretary Anson Chan called on the public to vote in light of “unprecedented challenges” against ‘One country, Two systems’ in the form of a “systematic undermining of our core values and freedoms”.

Chan said the pan-democrats must retain its power to veto in the legislature or the pro-government lobby will be able to push forward “unwelcome constitutional changes”.

Commenting on recent developments on candidates barred and withdrawing from the elections, Chan said, “The legal basis for imposing an additional requirement […] is dubious at best and likely to be the subject of a legal challenge […] We have to face the fact that HK’s proud history of clean elections is now seriously in jeopardy.”

Chan noted that she does not support Hong Kong independence, while blaming the administration for provoking discontent among younger generations.

 

Some people just can’t get along…

4. “You, Edward Leung, why do you not help Cheng Kam-mun when he is the only localist candidate in Hong Kong Island, and instead help Yau Wai-ching in Kowloon West where I’m also running? What kind of political ethic is this? Why would you run before you can walk? Why have you become a ‘politard’ when you are not even a legislator?” – Wong Yuk-man (黃毓民)

‘Mad Dog’ Wong Yuk-man took the initiative last Saturday to break a rather bad peace between two major localist factions, namely the Civic Passion-Proletariat Political Institute-Hong Kong Resurgence Order (CP-PPI-HKRO) alliance and the Youngspiration-led alliance. The war of words continued although Edward Leung Tin-kei (梁天琦) clarified that he had already endorsed Civic Passion’s Cheng Kam-mun (鄭錦滿) in Hong Kong Island shortly afterwards.

Recent opinion polls suggested that Wong is competing with Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) for the last seat in Kowloon West. Wong also slammed Yau for incapable of handling political debates and said she should run for Ms Hong Kong instead.

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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.