From food trucks to cafes, Hong Kong’s chief executive hopefuls confident as they hit the campaign trail

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 February, 2017, 11:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 February, 2017, 11:12pm

Chief executive hopeful Woo Kwok-hing brushed off concerns over the pan-democrats’ support for rival John Tsang Chun-wah on Saturday, as all four potential candidates hit the campaign trail.

While Tsang continued his soft campaigning both online and on the streets, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor met with Hong Kong’s squash players and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee met with Election Committee members in the social welfare sector.

In a break from formal meetings, retired judge Woo chose to get among the Hong Kong people in an informal café sit-down.

While many pan-democrats have indicated their support for Tsang, Woo remained confident he can secure enough votes to officially enter the race.

“I can’t divulge how many nominations I have succeeded in getting at this time, but I can say I have full confidence that I’ve secured enough,” Woo said.

Before the election on March 26, candidates must receive 150 nominations from the 1,194 Election Committee in order to qualify for the race.

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Woo said he was not worried about the pan-democrats’ support for Tsang, or that Lam’s star-studded campaign rally on Friday may have hurt his chances.

“Today they say they’ll support someone, but tomorrow it might be a different story. You don’t know until the end,” he said.

About 80 people, including Election Committee members from the social welfare, medical and health services sector were present at Woo’s sit-down.

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During the gathering, Woo pledged to launch political reforms, a universal retirement protection scheme, and enact national security legislation Article 23.

Also on the campaign trail yesterday, Tsang visited a dog rescue centre in Ap Lei Chau then stopped in for a bite to eat at the newly opened food trucks in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Meanwhile Ip spent her day voicing her support for abolishing the revamped city-wide competency assessments for primary school students.