Rita Fan wants pan-democrats to be on next Exco

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 June, 2011, 12:00am


The Executive Council under the next chief executive should include people from diverse political backgrounds, including pan-democrats, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai was reported to have said at a closed-door meeting with the city's largest political party.

The former Legislative Council president, who has put herself forward as a possible chief executive candidate, yesterday spoke out on how the next administration needed to improve governance. Two people at the meeting said Fan wanted the next Exco to have representatives from different political parties, including pan-democrats.

Fan, the only Hongkonger on the National People's Congress Standing Committee, attended an internal workshop yesterday run by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong to speak on 'strategies for the next administration to improve governance'.

Two participants of the seminar, speaking anonymously, quoted Fan as saying that the city's next leader should strengthen co-operation with political parties and noting that there was growing dissatisfaction in the city with the government.

Other participants included fellow NPC member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate Alan Hoo and former education minister Arthur Li Kwok-cheung.

Fan enjoys high popularity compared with many other local politicians and has been for years tipped as a possible contender for the position of chief executive. She has recently started dropping hints she may be interested inrunning for the post. She said in mid-April that she would 'relax for one or two more months' before making a decision.

Yesterday's event was the first of the party's five seminars to discuss its expectations of the next chief executive.

Chairman Tam Yiu-chung said the opinions raised in the five meetings would form a proposal detailing the party's hopes and expectations for the next Chief Executive's policy platforms.