DAB puts Starry Lee in the driver's seat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 3:33am

High rents and a shortage of office space have prompted the city's biggest political party to open a mobile district office - and "super seat" lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king will be giving it a road test.

Tam Yiu-chung, who was last night re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, revealed that the party had already bought a van that would be modified for use as a mobile office - at a total cost of about HK$400,000.

He said a key direction for the pro-Beijing party was to further develop its district network, and the new mobile office would give it more flexibility.

The DAB already has more than 200 district offices in the city.

"The rent is too high in some areas, while some areas in the New Territories are too remote to set up an office," Tam said.

"The idea is a trial scheme and we'll see how a mobile office can help us in reaching the people in those areas."

Lee, who serves the new district council functional constituency - with about 3.2 million voters across the city - will be the main user of the van.

But other lawmakers and district councillors would also make use of it, Tam said. The DAB veteran also said it could be his last term at the helm of the party, and he hoped a fresh face could take over when his term ends in two years.

The hot favourites to succeed him included Lee, who yesterday joined fellow lawmakers Ann Chiang Lai-wan and Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan in being re-elected as the party's vice-chairpersons.

Brave Chan Yung, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, and Thomas Pang Cheung-wai, a delegate of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, were elected chairmen of the party for the first time.