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DAB’s Cheung gets ready for LegCo election

By Joseph Li

DAB’s Cheung gets ready for LegCo election

Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan (center), vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and a candidate for the Hong Kong Island constituency in the September legislative election, shakes hands with residents in Chai Wan on Monday. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG — Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), is working hard in preparation for the Legislative Council election on Sept 4.

He has put aside his duties as a lawyer to focus on the campaign. Since signing up for the contest in Hong Kong Island constituency, he goes around his constituency to meet residents three times – morning, afternoon and evening – each day to familiarize people with his election platform.

Leading an election ticket for the first time, Cheung knows he has a big responsibility. He has to win not only for the party but also for the pro-establishment camp.

This time, the number of seats to be returned for the Hong Kong Island constituency is reduced to six, one less than that in 2012. The DAB adopts a safe, conservative strategy by sending only one team to run in the election.

The pro-establishment camp will deploy three teams and aim at three seats only.

“If our camp is too aggressive and hopes to take four seats, we might end up getting merely one or two seats,” he said.

“If I lose, the DAB will have no LegCo seats on Hong Kong Island and that might as well be the end of my political career,” added Cheung.

He is not too pessimistic because a single DAB ticket won two seats on Hong Kong Island twice before, and they almost made it again in 2008.

Cheung is a Central and Western District Council member. Since he does not know Eastern District very well, he goes there more often to meet residents.

He extended his gratitude to party colleague and incumbent lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun for being willing to stay second of his ticket and help him to learn more about Eastern District.

During the campaign, Cheung will focus on presenting his views to the people. He will also inform voters about those who were involved in the illegal occupation movement and destructive filibusters in LegCo.

As a father of two daughters, Cheung is very interested in education, noting that there are many middle class people living on Hong Kong Island.

“We want to give more variety and enjoyment to education, while schools and parents shall have the upper hand to run the schools.

“As to the Territory-wide System Assessment, it is a useful tool to evaluate teaching methods, but schools should not over-drill pupils,” Cheung said.

“There is no lawyer in the caucus of the DAB. If elected, I will work more on the scrutiny of bills and rules of procedure with a view to closing the loopholes and preventing abuses (in LegCo),” he commented on the frequent filibusters at the legislature.

Other candidates who will run in the Hong Kong Island constituency include: Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, Kwok Wai-keung, Hui Chi-fung, Paul Zimmerman, Ricky Wong Wai-kay, Tanya Chan Suk-chong, Shum Chee-chiu, Gary Wong Chi-him, Law Kwun-chung, Cheng Kam-mun, Christopher Lau Gar-hung and Cyd Ho Sau-lan.

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