CHIEF EXECUTIVE RACE

John Tsang has moved out of official home, but is caught in awkward spot

Source tells Post the financial secretary moved out ‘a while ago’ but is still waiting for Beijing to accept his resignation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 January, 2017, 10:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 January, 2017, 11:17am

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has moved out from his official residence as his employment with the government was due to end on Thursday, a source from his camp has told the Post.

His decision to move out came even though he is still waiting for Beijing to approve his resignation in order to run for the city’s top job in the coming election.

Tsang’s contract of service officially ended on Thursday as he gave notice to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of his resignation a month ago on December 12.

The source told the Post that he moved out from his official residence at Shouson Hill “a while ago”.

With his contract expired but resignation still to be processed, Tsang found himself in an awkward situation.

As long as Beijing has yet to approve his resignation, Tsang cannot begin to run his campaign or announce his candidacy. But it is understood his campaign team has been meeting regularly.

The team has also held discussions on whether to launch a crowd-funding initiative for Tsang – as the outgoing US president Barack Obama did in 2008 when he attracted many small donors for his campaign – to engage Hongkongers who do not have a vote in the chief executive election. But no decision has yet been made.