Date
19 November 2017
Regina Ip (right) and John Tsang are widely expected to contest Leung Chun-ying's job come 2017. Photos: Bloomberg, CNSA
Regina Ip (right) and John Tsang are widely expected to contest Leung Chun-ying's job come 2017. Photos: Bloomberg, CNSA

Early political salvo? Ip blasts Tsang over tech committee

Did Regina Ip just fire an early salvo in the race for Hong Kong chief executive?

Ip, who heads the New People’s Party, criticized John Tsang’s work on the steering committee on innovation and technology, saying he seems to have “no interest in it”.

Both serve in the government of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Tsang as financial secretary and Ip as an executive councilor.

They’re also widely expected to contest Leung’s job come 2017.

Ip said Tsang has not made “any great contribution to the committee” which he heads, public broadcaster RTHK reported Tuesday.

She welcomed the appointment of Nicholas Yang to a new advisory body that will replace the steering committee.

Leung also appointed Yang as an unpaid personal adviser on innovation and technology and a non-official member of the Executive Council.

Last month, Ip hinted at a run for chief executive, saying she “has to prepare for it”.

The remark came around the time a Feb. 24-26 survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong showed Tsang’s popularity rating at 59 points, up nearly two points from January.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam had a 54.3 rating while the unpopular Leung trailed at 42.1

Four in 10 respondents said they are not satisfied with the government’s performance compared with two in 10 who are.

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