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Monday, September 5, 2016, 20:07

All 7 BPA candidates win election

By Dara Wang

 All 7 BPA candidates win election
Kowloon West candidate Leung Mei-fun (second left) celebrates her win with her supporters in Hong Kong, Sept 5, 2016. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)
HONG KONG- The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) were big winners in the party’s first election campaign, with all seven of the party’s candidates winning election to the Legislative Council.

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun won reelection in Kowloon West, with 49,745 votes.  Six more BPA candidates, including party president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, were elected in the functional constituencies. Kwan, who was elected in the industrial (first) constituency, will be joined in LegCo by party vice-presidents, Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung in commercial (first) constituency and Christopher Cheung Wah-fung who will represent financial services.  

Leung Kwan-yuen said the result for the pro-business party, formed in 2012, was better than expected but that it shows many people’s support the party’s principles, that business and professionalism are the two primary engines driving the development of the community.

Priscilla Leung said each vote the party received was earned through great effort.  She promised to carry out her promise to voters that she will strive to promote pragmatism and consensus-building. She declared that she opposes filibustering meant to thwart progress and she does not favor separatist advocacy for Hong Kong. Leung said she hoped the different parties can achieve compromise and work together with industry to move the city forward.  

Leung Kwan-yuen said that all BPA candidates are well-established professionals and the party welcomes more young people to join. The party’s oldest candidate Abraham Shek Lai-him, 71, who was re-elected in the real estate and construction functional constituency said age is not an  important factor and that voters should make experience and suitability for the position their foremost considerations.

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