Regina Ip planning political chat show on television

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 July, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 1.42pm:
Former security chief Regina Ip Lau Shuk-yee has agreed to host a political talk show on local television, Apple Daily reported on Monday.

Mrs Ip's first guest will be a former political opponent - Civic Party head Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.

The tough former security secretary would meet Ms Eu in the first episode of local station ATV's Ip Lau's Blog. Ms Eu, a barrister before entering politics, had opposed the anti-subversion law bill Mrs Ip advocated in 2003.

An ATV spokesman quoted by the newspaper said the 30-minute programme was scheduled to be aired every Friday night from July 28.

Before recording the first episode on Monday, Mrs Ip would discuss her plans to set up a political think-tank, the report said.

Asked whether the show would include issues such as the anti-subversion bill and universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2012, Ms Eu said it would be up to Mrs Ip to decide.

'If she talks about these issues, I will talk. I believe that everyone will certainly be very interested to know how Mrs Ip thinks about universal suffrage in 2012,' Ms Eu said.

Audrey Eu has a high profile in Hong Kong as a leading pro-democracy politician. Ms Eu and other well-known lawyers strongly opposed the anti-subversion bill - or Article 23 of the Basic Law.

Mrs Ip finally stepped down following a 500,000-strong march in 2003 calling for the shelving of the bill and greater democracy.

There has been speculation Mrs Ip may be considering re-launching her political career - after returning from overseas study at Stanford University in the United States.

Some political commentators believe this could lead her to challenge Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen next year.
There is also speculation she may form her own political party and stand for election to Hong Kong's half-elected, half-appointed 60-seat legislature.