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Former Hong Kong pan-dem Ronny Tong ready to join Carrie Lam’s Exco if invited

He says he does not believe being in politics mean remaining in the opposition forever

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2017, 10:58pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 May, 2017, 5:06pm

Former pan-democratic lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah has hinted that he would be willing to join the Executive Council of the next administration led by incoming leader Carrie Lam Cheng-yuet ngor.

But Tong did not confirm reports stating that he had already received the invitation.

“I think I have my own specialty. If anyone thinks my specialty would help the government, as a member of the society, of course I should consider that,” Tong said on a radio programme on Monday.

Ronny Tong Ka-wah, from quitting Civic Party to leading a ‘Path of Democracy’

He added that being an Exco member would allow him to contribute to overall governance and might also enable him to exert more influence than ministers as councillors could give advice not limited to any specific area.

Tong said that from his first day in politics, he set his goal on governing, or at least influencing the administration in a constructive way.

“I do not agree, and find it hard to accept that participating in politics means being the opposition forever,” Tong said.

In 2015, Tong quit the Civic Party and later founded think tank Path of Democracy. He was seen as a moderate pan-democrat during his days in the Legislative Council.

Tong was known to be on good terms with Lam, who pledged to mend the social divide in the city after she was elected as the next chief executive.

“If the new administration intends to invite pan-democrats to join the cabinet, it shows the government has the determination to heal the divide,” Tong added.

Under the current system, all Exco members are collectively accountable for the decisions of the council and have to obey the principle of confidentiality.

Tong also called for a review of the rules, including lifting the ban on council members to vote against the government in Legco. He said this was because lawmakers still needed to answer to voters.