Early change at the top of the Bauhinia Party

Local | Carine Chow 22 Jun 2021

A founder of what appeared to be the fast-rising Bauhinia Party has stepped down citing personal reasons.

Charles Wong Chau-chi, the chairman of CMMB Vision, said he would continue to support the party as a member and serve Hongkongers even though he would no longer be president of the party.

Party cofounder and chairman Li Shan is likely to take on the additional role of president.

Founded last March by three executives from the mainland - Li, Wong and Chen Jianwen - working at top financial institutions in Hong Kong while on a boat trip in Victoria Harbor, the Bauhinia Party is a pro-Beijing party that supports "governance by patriots."

It also strives for the one country, two systems principle to remain unchanged for 100 years, according to its website.

The party aims to recruit more than 250,000 members in Hong Kong.

Any Hong Kong resident aged 18 or above who identifies with the party's founding manifesto and seeks to participate in political activities and social affairs in the SAR can apply to join.

The party set up an Instagram account this month, announcing its first prize quiz - guessing whether former chief executive Leung Chun-ying would stand in the chief executive election next year.

"We want to interact with the public, and anyone can participate in the game via Instagram," Wong has previously said, though refusing to disclose what the prize would be.

The post attracted around 300 comments, but it soon disappeared because of a "technical error."

Despite the public's enthusiastic response to the post, pro-establishment online media outlet Orange News commented a day after the announcement of the quiz: "Building a party with spoofs really goes against its political slogan of bringing constructive change to society. It is very disappointing,"

On June 13, Wong said Hong Kong should develop the peripheral areas of country parks, and suggested the administration seek interpretations of the Basic Law by the standing committee of the National People's Congress when necessary.

But his suggestion was rejected by Leung, who said that it was completely unnecessary.

"His words are correct. I will take it modestly," Wong later replied in a statement.

Also yesterday, three former Democratic Party legislators made a call from their prison cells for partymates not to run in this year's elections. "Their unanimous view was that the election is an injustice, and that therefore, we should not stand in the election," said Lee Wing-tat.

The Democratic Party's newly-elected vice-chairman was quoting a letter written by Lam Cheuk-ting, Andrew Wan Siu-kin and Wu Chi-wai.

The trio also said the party should leave any discussions on running for elections until the new term.

They are currently in jail for participating in the pro-democracy primary elections in July.

Lee said that even though the trio's opinions are not definitive, it could still affect party decisions.

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