Mover and shaker: Hong Kong election winner entertains shoppers with a break dance
Democrat Roy Kwong puts on a show as new lawmakers hold victory parades to thank supporters
On the verge of losing out on a “super seat” days before the Legislative Council elections, Roy Kwong Chun-yu celebrated a landslide victory with his trademark dance moves.
Kwong, 33, a rising star of the Democratic Party, secured over 490,000 votes, nearly 190,000 more than pro-Beijing kingpin and executive councillor Starry Lee Wai-king. Contenders were elected by all 3.47 million electors across the city who do not have a vote in any other functional constituency.
A video of him performing a break dance to a crowd during a community event nine years ago has gone viral online since his victory, with internet users urging him to show off his moves again.
Watch Kwong’s famous 2008 performance:
Heeding their calls on Tuesday, Kwong showed up at the busy Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok, even broadcasting his performance live on Facebook.
The Yuen Long district councillor shrugged off doubts about his lack of political expertise and “soft” image.
“What is important is that the pan-democrats managed to retain the three super seats compared to two for the pro-Beijing camp. For me, I will try my utmost to learn and listen to opinions from people across the spectrum,” he said.
Watch Roy Kwong’s 2016 Mong Kok performance:
Fellow newcomer Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, a well-known social activist and conservationist who had never run for Legco, bagged over 84,000 votes in New Territories West – the most of any candidate in the five geographical constituencies.
His long-time assistance to villagers in land disputes has earned him a following in rural regions.
Uncle Wong, a 92-year-old resident of Kwu Tung in the northeastern New Territories, joined his victory parade in Yuen Long.
“I could not vote for him, but I admire his genuine will to help people – particularly the grass roots like me,” he said, with a walking stick in his hand.
Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang, who was endorsed by independence champion Edward Leung Tin-kei, was not shy to pledge allegiance with the Hong Kong Indigenous leader during his victory parade in Tsueng Kwan O.
“I believe there won’t be any problem for our cooperation,” the Youngspiration lawmaker said, adding a “considerable number” of staff at his future Legco office would come from the pro-independence group.
The looming bickering in Legco was evident when pan-democrat supporters poured sarcasm on veteran Beijing loyalist Wong Kwok-hing, who was ousted in the “super seat” race.
Around 100 young people turned up outside his district office in Siu Sai Wan on Tuesday night to “celebrate” his defeat, with a number of them exchanging verbal abuse with Wong’s supporters.