Allied parties fail to back NPC bid by moderate pan-democrat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am

Moderate pan-democrat Frederick Fung Kin-kee yesterday formally entered the race for a seat in the National People's Congress, but failed to obtain any nominations from his allied parties - the Democratic Party and the Civic Party.

The former chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood submitted 19 nominations received from different sectors. Incumbent medical-sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki was the only nominee from the pan-democratic camp in the Legislative Council.

Mr Fung said both the Democratic Party and the Civic Party would only consider nominating candidates who agreed to promote democracy in Hong Kong and the mainland, offer help to Hongkongers on the mainland and urge Beijing to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

He said he would not accept nominations with conditions, and therefore did not receive any from the two parties.

Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said the party would adopt the same conditions when casting votes, but did not rule out the possibility of voting for Mr Fung.

Cheung Man-kwong of the Democratic Party said it would consider supporting any candidates from the pan-democratic camp.

Mr Fung said one of the two lawmakers he approached from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong initially agreed to nominate him, but later withdrew the offer after discussions with the party.

Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said Mr Fung had approached him for the nomination but he rejected the request as the Confederation of Trade Unions did not agree with any entries to the small-circle election.

The president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association, Peter Hung Hak-hip, and the former president of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Paul Chan Mo-po - both Beijing-friendly members of the NPC panel that will elect the local deputies at the end of the month - also nominated the moderate pan-democrat.