Woo shows he's a judge of characters

Top News | Amy Nip 25 Jan 2017

Chief Executive candidate hopeful Woo Kwok-hing made fun of his chief rivals yesterday, saying one is color-blind and reads Shakespeare too much while the other is still "learning to live like the rest of us."

At a Foreign Correspondents' Club luncheon speech, Woo said: "One of them may be color blind, as he was said to be ignoring a red light. All we know is that he waited and waited, reading a lot of Shakespeare, ruminating 'to run or not to run'."

He did not name former financial secretary John Tsang, but the self- deprecating Tsang even put up a big sign "To Run" at last Thursday's press conference where he announced his bid for the top job.

The outspoken judge also took aim at ex-chief secretary Carrie Lam Cheng ,also without naming her.

"While I'm learning to be a politician, this competitor is apparently learning how to live like the rest of us. As of last week, she hadn't mastered the use of the Octopus card, nor learnt where to find toilet paper in Hong Kong," Woo said.

On a serious note while explaining his manifesto, Woo said he represents change for Hong Kong, declaring that as chief executive he would give every Hongkonger the opportunity to vote for their next leader by 2022.

"I have 20:22 vision," he said, "because I am only aiming to be a one-term chief executive. I hope that the next chief executive will be elected by one man, one vote - universal suffrage."

Of his early announcement to stand, he was originally seeking to unseat Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

"But he suddenly changed his mind. For Hong Kong, Christmas came early on December 9."

Woo said he was confident of securing 150 nominations to enter the race and expected most nominations to come from the pro-democracy camp.

The CE race is not horse racing, he said. Election Committee members should nominate a candidate who shares the same views, not pick someone who is likely to win the race.

Woo, who believed that Lam could have broken election rules with her recent comments, said he did not have enough evidence yet to report the case.

In a closed-door meeting with the media, Lam reportedly said she decided to join the CE race to prevent a constitutional crisis if the central government refuses to appoint the elected CE.

She later played down her comments, saying she was merely referring to some legal facts, not pinpointing any particular candidate.

Woo appealed to media representatives who attended the meeting to speak out. Asked if he would report the case himself if there was enough evidence, Woo said: "Why not?"

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