Candidate finally lifts lid on criminal record

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 July, 2008, 12:00am

Angel Wong Suet-ying has twice allowed voters to elect her as a district councillor without telling them she was convicted of a crime nine years ago. Now, as she prepares to run for the Legislative Council, she has come clean.

The Kwai Tsing councillor, elected in 2003 and re-elected last year, said she told Democratic Party colleagues about the conviction before she ran five years ago because she did not want to deceive them. Asked yesterday whether she had deceived her electors by leaving them in the dark, she said: 'I will leave it for voters to judge.'

She said she had come clean because she wanted to be a 'transparent' candidate.

The 28-year-old said she was convicted in 1999 of gaining access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent, and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service, after she used the internet account of a former employer from home, costing the company more than HK$4,000.

Ms Wong is standing for Legco in New Territories West, on a ticket with incumbent Lee Wing-tat. Mr Lee said the party had given Ms Wong a chance because she was very young when she committed the offence and he appreciated her honesty.

Three other Democrats, Kwai Tsing district councillor Lam Siu-fai, 36, social worker May Cheung Wai-mei, 33, and community officer Lam Lap-chi, 27, are also in line to run on Mr Lee's ticket. The party's central committee will finalise its choice of candidates on Sunday.

Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah announced that the party's branch officer, Tsang Kwok-fung, 36, and social worker Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, 32, would join his New Territories East ticket.

He said they hoped to win two seats, but admitted it 'would be challenging and the chance might be slim'.

He also said that by fielding young faces, the party hoped to compete with second-tier candidates from other parties for the support of the 100,000 young and first-time voters in the constituency.