By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang
By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

What Hong Kong pan-democrats must say to even get to the election starting line, and other helpful hints

  • Mike Rowse says Lee Cheuk-yan’s defeat in the West Kowloon by-election should press home the point that pan-democrats urgently need a course correction
  • They must completely disassociate themselves from pro-independence advocates and stick to grass-roots issues

By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang
By-election candidate Lee Cheuk-yan faces the audience while Frederick Fung congratulates election winner Chan Hoi-yan at the Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre in Tseung Kwan O after the Legislative Council Kowloon West by-election result was announced on November 26. Chan won with 106,457 votes. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.