Three Hong Kong chief executive candidates to spar in media debate

Post website will offer live coverage of the two-hour debate at TVB City

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 5:00pm

The three candidates vying to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive will cross swords again in a debate on Tuesday night when they can direct questions at their rivals for the first time.

The debate, co-organised by seven electronic media outlets, will take place at TVB City between 8pm and 10pm.

Former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, former chief secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and retired High Court judge Woo Kwok-hing will start by introducing their policy platforms followed by questions from the media.

The debate will then feature questions from the audience – comprising 200 members of the public randomly selected by the Chinese and Lingnan universities.

The highlight comes next, with the three candidates directing their questions at each other, the first such session since the start of the campaign. The night will end with concluding remarks from the trio.

Readers can follow live coverage of the debate in English on scmp.com. Send us your comments and we will post the best of them.

The chief executive election involving the 1,194 members of the Election Committee will be held on March 26. There will be another debate on Sunday organised by committee members from both the Beijing-loyalist and pan-democratic camps.

Last Sunday, the three candidates appeared on stage together for the first time in a debate organised by the Professional Teachers’ Union. There was no arrangement for them to ask each other questions.

However, the debate provided insight into the rift between the three. Lam compared online criticism of her to “white terror”. But Tsang dismissed her claim, saying “white terror” should refer to those trying to suppress dissident voices.