Top guns give backing to 'Hong Kong's glory'

Top News | Phoenix Un 10 Feb 2017

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has been dubbed the glory of Hong Kong and women.

In praising the chief executive contender, the president of the Friends of Hong Kong Association, Stephen Tai Tak-fung, said: "We regard her as the glory of Hongkongers and the glory of Hong Kong females. We want her to become the chief executive."

The association, with 194 Election Committee members from the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, declared their endorsement of Lam. She is the only contender invited to meet the association.

Nearly two dozen members were at the meeting, including CPPCC Standing Committee member Tai and Henry Tang Ying-yen, NPC deputy Maria Tam Wai- chu, Lo Man-tuen and Ma Fung-kwok, as well as the Real Estate and Construction subsector's Adam Kwok Kai-fai.

Tai said all 23 members in the meeting endorsed Lam. However, the 194 members would need further meetings to decide whether they will bundle their nominations for a single candidate, Tai said.

He said if John Tsang Chun-wah requested a meeting, they may also arrange it. But he made no direct response to whether they endorsed Lam because NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang told them to.

Since some NPC and CPPCC deputies have already showed support for Lam, Tsang could fall short of the 150 nominations needed to become a candidate.

"I am very scared, very, very, very scared," Tsang said when asked whether he could garner enough nominations.

Another hopeful, Woo Kwok-hing, said: "I don't know what the central government wants, but it's a fact that some Election Committee members already have their inclination."

Contender Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said: "My calculations have already taken the NPC and the CPPCC into account. You don't need 190 votes for nomination."

The four contenders also went to visit the Hong Kong Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association yesterday for their support.

Legislator of the Import and Export Functional Constituency Wong Ting- kwong, who is also honorary president of the association, said their 67 Election Committee members will not bundle their votes and can nominate anybody they wish.

Lam also visited the Democratic Party for a meeting attended by about 20 party members, mostly Election Committee members.

The Liberal Party also had meetings with Lam and Tsang.

Tsang said he was "happy to see" the party's honorary chairman James Tien Pei-chun, the first Election Committee member who pledged to support him, and said Tien's nomination would be "No 001."

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