Former financial secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung dismissed rumors that the high-profile think tank led by former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa was a prelude to his campaign for chief executive, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
“You are too imaginative taking the think tank as a run-up for my chief executive campaign,” Leung told reporters, adding that he has “no plan” to run for the top spot.
However, he expressed strong hopes for Tung to stage a return given the current political standoff in the city, the report said.
“I hope more capable people would stand out and make their contribution for the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, and help mend the torn society,” he said.
Leung also called for a quick solution for the ongoing pro-democracy protest, which has already dealt a “heavy blow” to the city’s political and economic development, and affected the rule of law.
Tung, a vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, plans to launch the think tank on Nov. 10 to “promote the long-term development of Hong Kong”.
The think tank will be joined by more than 60 prominent figures from various sectors. Former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie and former head of the Central Policy Unit Edgar Cheng Wai-kin may also join the group, according to media reports.
Other advisers include former chief secretary for administration Henry Tang Ying-yen, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, former secretary for education Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, Executive Councilor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and former secretary for commerce and economic development Frederick Ma Si-hang, as well as prominent businessmen and economics professors, the newspaper said.
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