I'll explain after polls: Chow

Local | Carain Yeung 2 Sep 2016

The Liberal Party candidate who sensationally called off his Legislative Council election campaign after citing personal threats said yesterday he will return to Hong Kong after Sunday's election to explain his decision.

Ken Chow Wing-kan posted on Facebook a picture of himself and said he was in Europe. He was spotted in Birmingham, England.

"I am not here to have fun. I will return to Hong Kong after the polls on September 4," he said.

Chow also said he will call a press conference to say why he made the decision to end his bid for a seat in the New Territories West constituency.

He shocked his supporters last Thursday, apologizing between sobs for ending the campaign and saying he did not want to bring trouble to his loved ones.

Critics pointed fingers at Chow's rival and pro-Beijing candidate, Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, as the two share the same voter base and after an intimidating audio recording from Ho's volunteer Wong Si-chuang was leaked.

But Chow told a Chinese-language magazine the threat came from a source "outside Hong Kong" that was more powerful than the liaison office or triads, adding that Wong's audio did not contribute to his decision.

Responding to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying who said Chow should explain the issue and solve the problem, Chow said: "I find it ridiculous. It's impossible that he doesn't understand what I am going through now."

He also accused Leung and his supporters of replacing Hong Kong's core values of fairness and justice with a "special power," resulting in Hong Kong no longer being harmonious, especially in the New Territories.

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