Election notebook: Hong Kong candidate Ken Chow pledges to reveal all when he returns from Europe
Chow announced at an election forum that he was withdrawing from campaigning because he feared for the safety of those close to him
The Liberal Party’s Ken Chow Wing-kan has pledged to open up to the public after he dramatically announced he was dropping out of the Legislative Council elections. In a Facebook post published on Thursday, Chow said he would hold a press conference to give details of his decision when he returned to Hong Kong after the polls. The Liberal Party candidate, who is currently in Europe, delivered his surprise announcement last week during a televised debate. He said he would stop campaigning for fear that those close to him would be caught up in “high-level trouble”. Earlier Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying called on Chow to clarify the situation. “I think [Leung’s comment] is laughable. There is no way he does not understand my current situation,” Chow wrote. He also accused the chief executive of disrupting harmony in the New Territories. “Values such as equality, fairness and justice which are treasured by Hongkongers have now been replaced by privilege and special treatment,” Chow said.
Tik again comes under fire over his political stance
A moderate or a Beijing loyalist? That was the question fired at Tik Chi-yuen again after the ex-Democrat was found to share the same supporter as a pro-establishment aspirant. In his latest election pamphlet, Tik states he is backed by Hui Tak-leung, a Yau Tsim Mong district councillor who also appears on Federation ofTrade Unions candidate Wong Kwok-hing’s leaflets. Social activist Bobo Yip Po-lam, who uploaded the two leaflets, questioned whether Tik could still claim to be a “democrat”. “Please do not pretend to be a moderate anymore, Tik,” she wrote. Tik quit the Democratic Party and formed middle-of-the-road party Third Side in the wake of the failed political reform bid last year. He has been repeatedly grilled by pan-democrat rivals at election forums after a hopeful on his slate was found to be from the government-friendly Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions.
Journalists run into trouble at pro-police dinner
Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association have jointly condemned a violent attack on two journalists who were in a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant covering the anniversary dinner on Wednesday night of the Alliance in Support of our Police Force. Alliance convenor Leticia Lee See-yin, who is running in the New Territories East constituency, was seen hosting the lucky draw session where she gave out thousands of cash prizes to the guests. Lee’s election pamphlets were also up for grabs in the reception area. When the two journalists approached Lee for comment on whether the occasion involved election fraud, the duo were besieged and attacked by those present. The photographer’s smartphone was taken away. Ming Pao, which reported the case to the police, condemned the attack, saying the journalists were acting professionally by trying to offer Lee a chance to respond to the accusation. Lee, on the other hand, claimed the journalists should not have stormed into the “private meeting” and dismissed the bribery claim as all those attending had to pay HK$330 for the dinner.