Frederick Fung prepares to spoil pan-democrats' poll plan
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Expected contenders from rival sides for the vacant Kowloon West Legco seat emerged on the first day of nominations today, but former lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee threw a possible spanner into the pan-democrats' plan by filing a nomination and threatening a protest run, RTHK reports.
Lau Siu-lai from the Labour Party is seeking to reclaim the seat she was stripped off for an invalid oath while the pro-establishment camp is putting forward independent Yan Chan as their pick for next month's by-election.
But Lau knows it is not a sure thing that she will even be allowed to run as she has in the past been a vocal supporter of self-determination for Hong Kong – the same stance that got Demosisto candidate Agnes Chow banned from contesting in the Hong Kong Island race earlier this year.
The pro-democracy camp is planning to field another member of the Labour Party, Lee Cheuk-yan, to stand in Lau's place if she is barred from running.
But former legislator Frederick Fung is not ready to accept that plan.
He accused Lau of acting like a dictator by appointing her party mate as the camp's "Plan B,'' and said the pro-democracy side should have held a primary election instead to select a replacement.
Fung had previously declared that he would not be running in elections anymore after coming second in such a primary held by the pan-democrats earlier this year ahead of the Hong Kong Island by-election.
But on Friday he said what he meant was that race was his last as a member of the party he founded, the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood. He quit the party in July.
Fung was denied a chance to run in the island even after their primary choice was rejected. Instead the opposition put up Au Nok-hin who went on to win the seat.
Fung said if Lau's nomination is accepted, he will withdraw. But if she is rejected and Lee is nominated to replace her, he will run to oppose the "dictatorial" policy of the pro-democracy camp.
While there are still lingering questions over who will end up representing the pro-democracy camp, the pro-establishment side are united in their support for former reporter Yan Chan.
Chan, a former reporter-turned political assistant, announced her bid while standing alongside her former boss, one-time Health Secretary Ko Wing-man, and DAB lawmaker, Vincent Cheng. But she is running as an independent and insists she has no political association.
Chan said she wants to do more for Hong Kong in light of the widening rift in society:
She said she is planning to raise a million dollars through crowd-funding to support her campaign, and she said she hasn't met with the Beijing Liaison Office about her bid.
She has been in the spotlight recently as the health ambassador for the Kowloon Federation of Associations, making high-profile appearances at public events, and having her face plastered on numerous banners and billboards across the city.
The by-election is scheduled to be held on November 25.-Photo: RTHK