ADPL angry at People Power attack
Lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee expressed anger yesterday at his pan-democratic counterparts - the radical group People Power - for fielding a dozen candidates against his party in the upcoming district council elections.
Of the 26 candidates from the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, nine will face direct competition with not just their long-time rival, the pro-establishment camp, but also People Power, which broke from the League of Social Democrats after internal disputes.
Fung likened People Power to 'DAB's Team B' - referring to the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the local pro-Beijing camp.
'I'm really angry about their attack. The democratic movement in Hong Kong has always been difficult. And now, they are further destroying and fracturing it,' said Fung, chairman of the ADPL, who will run in a Sham Shui Po constituency. He will face People Power's Chiu Chik-tung.
Fung said he had asked Wong Yuk-man, ex-chairman of People Power, several times to withdraw the attack plan, but Wong told him: 'I could just send a small potato in my party to fight against you. Reaping 100 to 200 votes from you is enough to pull you down from your seat.'
He said that if the vote is split, pan-democrats could lose seats to the pro-Beijing camp.
'If Wong Yuk-man said he did not consider who would get the political benefits at the end, he must be lying,' Fung said. 'This is not what a true democrat should do.'
He also questioned why Wong did nothing to stop 32 DAB members from being uncontested throughout the nomination period, which ended last week. That means they will get seats automatically next month.
People Power's Albert Chan Wai-yip asked: 'The ADPL fielded 37 candidates in 2007. This time, they got only 26. Shouldn't such an experienced party bear a bigger responsibility to stop that from happening? Why us - an infant group of gangs?'
Fung also accused People Power of sending at least three members who did not disclose their party affiliation to compete with his fellows. Chan denied it.
'We just did not have enough time to prepare an authorisation to submit to the Electoral Affairs Commission. Without the authorisation, the candidate cannot use any party logo,' he said.
Fung said he was still confident he would be re-elected.