Political turf shrinks for humbled pan-dems

Local | 26 Nov 2018 6:55 pm

Representatives of the pro-democracy camp were left apologizing today over their defeat in the Legislative Council by-election for Kowloon West as victorious pro-government candidate Chan Hoi-yan thanked voters around Kowloon City.

In a symbolic gesture, 13 representatives from the camp bowed in apology during a press conference for the defeat in the by-election to fill the seat originally held by the Labour Party’s Lau Siu-lai before her disqualification for taking an improper oath.

Defeated candidate Lee Cheuk-yan said he understands the pan-democratic camp needs to listen more to citizens with different political views, particularly the youth.

"We understand that they are not happy with the situation, not happy with the whole politics of Hong Kong... How can [we] encourage them to come out to vote is the key issue that faces us in the future," he said.

The opposition camp stressed that they will reflect on and review their strategy for next year's district council election and the Legco poll in 2020.

Chan Hoi-yan, who won the seat after garnering around 13,000 votes more than Lee, said she won't be joining any political party, and none have invited her in any case.

The reporter-turned-politician also said she has not received any congratulatory messages from Beijing’s Liaison Office in Western either. She stressed she hopes to work on housing and medical issues after she takes her oath on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Priscilla Leung, who represent Kowloon West constituency as well, said the result shows that the tide is turning in favor of the pro-government camp.

She predicted her camp would be capable of winning more seats in Kowloon West constituency in the 2020 Legco election.

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