More diverse Hong Kong group named to CPPCC

Third of Hong Kong delegates to top political advisers are newcomers, and include bankers and other professionals as well as ex-officials

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 5:36am

A broader group of representatives from Hong Kong has been named to the nation's top political advisory body than in previous years, an examination of the full list of delegates reveals.

Three of the city's leading property developers will remain in the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Supporters of both Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his rival Henry Tang Ying-yen have been named as advisers.

The final list of 2,237 appointees was released yesterday after a four-day meeting of the body's standing committee finished in Beijing on Friday.

The Hong Kong delegation has 124 members - two more than in the previous term - and at least 15 more from the city have been appointed as representatives of other groups.

Forty-three of the city's delegates are new. They include a number of professionals such as HSBC Asia-Pacific chief executive officer Peter Wong Tung-shun, Airport Authority chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung, former Hang Seng Bank chief executive officer Margaret Leung Ko May-yee and Institute of Urban Design president Bernard Lim Wan-fung.

Also on the list for the first time are Paul Kwong, the Anglican archbishop of Hong Kong and Macau, Baptist University president Professor Albert Chan Sun-chi, and Polytechnic University president Professor Timothy Tong Wai-cheung. They were joined by former officials including ex-police commissioner Tang King-shing and ex-commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

Rock Chen Chung-nin, chairman of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, was appointed as a political adviser in the capacity of a leader in the All-China Youth Federation.

The Hong Kong delegation is named by the CPPCC Standing Committee based on recommendations from the central government's liaison office and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. These bodies in turn receive recommendations from the city's chief executive and representatives of various sectors.

Sun Hung Kai Properties was a notable exclusion from the list of leading property developers. The tenure of Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, the company's ousted chairman, was not renewed, and no-one from the company was appointed in his place.

Six Hong Kong delegates are expected to become members of the CPPCC standing committee. Tang, the former chief secretary who lost to Leung in the chief executive election last year, is seen as a favourite for elevation.

Tang said yesterday he was honoured to serve Hong Kong and the nation: "With my experience in Hong Kong government and legislature, and my [private sector] network, I am confident I can [act as a] bridge between Hong Kong and the mainland."

Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, a keen supporter of Tang in his chief executive bid, is tipped for a standing committee position.