John Tsang makes comeback in Facebook video urging support for the visually impaired

Appearing with the president of the Hong Kong Blind Union, Tsang asks residents to support the Dialogue in the Dark Foundation

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 5:52pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2017, 2:50pm

Popular politician and failed chief executive contender John Tsang Chun-wah made a comeback on Tuesday by calling on Hongkongers to support a foundation for the visually impaired.

In a short video uploaded on his Facebook page, Tsang appeared with Chong Chan-yau, the president of the Hong Kong Blind Union, where they both sang and asked Hongkongers to make a donation to the Dialogue in the Dark Foundation.

The video was created by a company called Jervois One (Hong Kong), which was set up by Tsang’s former political assistant and top election aide Julian Law Wing-chung

The Dialogue in the Dark Foundation is a charitable organisation that aims to embrace social inclusion and empower people with visual impairments. It runs an exhibition that allows visitors to experience the world without light.

A day earlier, Tsang uploaded another video asking his almost 318,000 Facebook followers to stay tuned for news of what he had been working on since he lost the battle for the city’s top post to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on March 26.

“I have attended different events ... and interacted with young people. I have a strong feeling that I have not been retired,” said Tsang.

“There is a lot of negative news in society lately, where many people feel unhappy when they check their Facebook,” he continued.

“But at the same time there are a lot of people with good will who have hoped to contribute to society. They should not be neglected. It requires a contribution from you and me to make everybody in Hong Kong happy.”

Tsang said he would continue to work closely with different organisations in future and that “Hong Kong would definitely become a better place five years later”.

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Tsang’s videos were greeted with positive responses from internet users. Some called him the “chief executive of the community” while others asked if he would run again when Lam’s tenure ends.

Tsang, the popular underdog for the chief executive post, has won the support from the liberal pro-establishment bloc as well as the pan-democrats in the election. But he only garnered 365 votes from the 1,194-strong Election Committee and lost the race to Lam, who got 777 votes and was said to be Beijing’s favourite.