Tsang decision hinges on 'what is best for HK'

Top News | Phoenix Un 30 Nov 2016

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun- wah says it isn't about him, but what's best for Hong Kong that lies at the heart of whether he will run for chief executive.

On the third day of his duty visit to Beijing, Tsang was again hounded by the media, who grilled him over whether he would seek Hong Kong's top job, and if he raised the issue with central government officials.

Tsang, pictured, was also asked why he's still hesitant in making a decision.

"This is not a personal issue. We have to consider the overall interest of the whole of Hong Kong here. This is the key consideration," he replied.

Pressed about what he meant by Hong Kong's overall interest, Tsang said he can't make the matter any plainer without raising more speculation.

"I don't know how to say it more clearly. It would only make things more obscure," Tsang said.

Asked why he seemed hesitant in revealing his intentions, Tsang shot back: "I don't think I have been hesitating. I think I have made it very clear, what I have said."

Tsang, who met with Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office director Wang Guangya on Monday, said Wang did recognize the financial work of the SAR government.

But he added: "We did not talk about that [chief executive election]. That wasn't on our agenda."

He also said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor shouldn't be blaming him when she said she was dissatisfied that Hong Kong's economic growth lagged behind Singapore.

"I have known Chief Secretary Lam for so many years. She is a candid, serious and diligent colleague, and she never talked about that with me," he said.

Singapore had large-scale land reclamation and labor importation in recent years, while Hong Kong had limits in those two areas, said Tsang, who returns to Hong Kong today.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said 93,000 more private flats will be built in four years, when asked whether he can bring hope to Hongkongers.

His comments came a day after tycoon Li Ka-shing said in his platform for the Election Committee election that the chief executive should have the ability to bring hope to people.

Leung said he would not comment on speculation that some Executive Council members and principal officials would resign to run for chief executive.

He also had "nothing to announce" on whether he plans to seek a second term, or enact the controversial Article 23 of the Basic Law.

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