Date
21 October 2017
Tung Chee-hwa has roped in former top officials such as Joseph Yam and Henry Tang (center inset) for his think tank. There is also speculation that Anthony Leung (inset right) may also be associated with the new entity. Photos: HKEJ
Tung Chee-hwa has roped in former top officials such as Joseph Yam and Henry Tang (center inset) for his think tank. There is also speculation that Anthony Leung (inset right) may also be associated with the new entity. Photos: HKEJ

Tung Chee-hwa sets up new think tank with heavyweights

Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa has set up a new think tank that is made up of at least 70 members, including former chief secretary Henry Tang and former Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Joseph Yam, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The think tank “Our Hong Kong Foundation”, which will be formally launched on November 10, will have its office on the 11th floor of Nan Fung Tower in Central, according to invitations sent out Monday. 

The tower is owned by Nan Fung Group, which was presided by former financial secretary Antony Leung. Leung declined to confirm whether he is also a member of the organization, the paper said.

There had been some speculation earlier that Tung could back a potential Leung candidature in Hong Kong’s next chief executive election.

While Tung is the chairman of the new think tank, the founding and board members include Elsie Leung, former Secretary for Justice; and Edgar Cheng, chief adviser of the Central Policy Unit. 

The think tank has three goals, according to the report.

The first is to increase Hong Kong’s score in the Happy Planet Index, a leading global measure of sustainable well-being. The second is to conduct research in the fields of economics, environmental protection and rule of law, among others, to help Hong Kong people improve their quality of life. The third is to provide facilities for, and launch of, new leisure activities.

The report cited sources as saying that other members include Leonie Ki, managing director of New World China Enterprises; Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak Holdings; and Irene Yau Lee, former Director of Information Services.

There are also three honorary advisers: Jao Tsung-I, a master in Chinese poetry and calligrapher and painter; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Franklin Yang; and former Chief Justice Yang Ti-liang.

Ivan Choy, a political commentator and lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believes the think tank could exert great influence in the 2017 chief executive election as several of its members are also in the Chief Executive Election Committee. He expects the new body to be aggressive in conducting public propaganda as Beijing steps up focus on Hong Kong.

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