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Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 10:59

Gary Wong pursues a moderate political path

By Joseph Li
Gary Wong pursues a moderate political path
Gary Wong Chi-him, Legislative Council election candidate for the Hong Kong Island constituency. (Photo Provided To China Daily )

Gary Wong Chi-him will represent new political group Path of Democracy in the coming Legislative Council election. He is hoping to advocate a moderate or “middle of the road” approach.

The reason he chose the Hong Kong Island constituency is because he thinks residents there are better educated. Wong says they are willing to accept new ideas, and the constituency needs younger politicians with fresher ideas.

Wong, saying he respects the Basic Law and “One Country, Two Systems”, co-founded Path of Democracy last year with ex-Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah.

At first he did not know Tong. But he met him through Hong Kong Bar Association Chairperson Winnie Tam Wan-chi. Wong said he admired Tong’s principles.

“He always adopts and asks us to adopt the mindset of a ruling party whose policies must be balanced, workable and not extreme. He knows most Hong Kong people are not extreme.

“Otherwise you can’t be a political party and are no more than a pressure group,” he told China Daily in an interview.

On his election platform, he emphasizes restarting constitutional reform to achieve universal suffrage. This is why the 2016 LegCo election is critical, he explains.

“As can be seen from the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2016 which was dragged down, the opposition side claimed they simply did not trust the Chief Executive. If the CE is returned by universal suffrage, he will have a very strong mandate.

“No one can have any excuse to object to the bill or ‘fear’ the influx of mainland doctors,” he explained.

Wong is strongly opposed to filibusters and aborted meetings. “They harm the image of the legislature. In case of different views, lawmakers should convince others with reason, not dirty tricks.”

He is also critical of certain “pan-democrats” who changed their original support for the copyright and medical registration bills when they were under pressure during the final stage of the legislative process.

Other candidates who will run in the Hong Kong Island constituency are: Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, Kwok Wai-keung, Cheung Kwok-kwan, Hui Chi-fung, Paul Zimmerman, Ricky Wong Wai-kay, Tanya Chan Suk-chong, Shum Chee-chiu, Law Kwun-chung, Cheng Kam-mun, Christopher Lau Gar-hung, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Chui Chi-kin, Chim Pui-chung and Chung Yuen-wun.

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