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Friday, July 15, 2016, 01:26

Veteran lawmaker reveals Liberal Party’s election candidates

By Joseph Li
Veteran lawmaker reveals Liberal Party’s election candidates
Liberal Party lawmaker Vincent Fang Kang said Peter Shiu Ka-fai, vice-chairman of the party, will compete in the Wholesale and Retail functional constituency in the hope of retaining the seat he vacates. (Roy Liu / China Daily )

HONG KONG - Liberal Party lawmaker Vincent Fang Kang, 72, said he will not run in the Legislative Council election in September after serving the Wholesale and Retail functional constituency for three terms since 2004.

Peter Shiu Ka-fai, vice-chairman of the party, will compete in this constituency in the hope of retaining the seat Fang vacates. Three other incumbent lawmakers - Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, Frankie Yick Chi-ming and Felix Chung Kwok-pan - will likely keep their seats. This is because they have been serving their respective functional constituencies quite well.

“I am 72. I have been serving for three terms and 12 years are a very long time,” he told China Daily in an exclusive interview. “It is no good for me to still occupy the seat and I will give way to the young people.”

Fang explains that since Shiu is engaged in the sale of building materials, he is eligible to run in the Wholesale and Retail constituency. Fang also jokes that although he is retiring, he cannot relax in the summer vacation because he has to campaign for Shiu.

“It will be more difficult than my own campaign because I need to take (Shiu) around and introduce him to the trade. If I run, it will be much easier because I already know a lot of people in the constituency,” said Fang, who is well-known in manufacturing and sales in the up-market fashion business.

He said the party will send two teams to compete in geographical constituencies.

For election in New Territories East, the party intends to field its youth committee chairman Dominic Lee Tsz-king as the forerunner, with James Tien Pei-chun, the incumbent New Territories East lawmaker and the party’s honorary chairman, in second place of the ticket. This means that Tien has a very slim chance of getting re-elected under the proportional representation system.

“James Tien (aged 69) is no longer young and he wants to pass the baton to the young people. With his popularity, he can help Lee’s campaign in New Territories East,” said Fang, but admitted that Lee, who is a district councilor in Sham Shui Po District of Kowloon West, has to start his campaign in New Territories East from point zero.

Tien has openly said the Liberal Party hopes to secure eight seats, compared with five seats at present.

Fang said: “The chance of Lee getting elected is half and half, but he is a very hardworking person and we shall let him try. We have once considered him to run in Kowloon West, yet we have not enough district support there to back him up.

“Many people think that we have set too high a goal, but we, as a political party, must set higher goals to become strong,” he concluded.

joseph@chinadailyhk.com

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