Date
20 July 2017
China Travel Service said in a notice on its website (inset) that the victories of the six candidates had brought honor to the firm. Photos: HKEJ, cts.com
China Travel Service said in a notice on its website (inset) that the victories of the six candidates had brought honor to the firm. Photos: HKEJ, cts.com

6 employees of China travel firm grab district council seats

China’s largest travel firm said it hit a home run in Hong Kong’s district council elections, as all its six employees who were candidates got elected, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

In a press release issued Monday, China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corp. said the six, including deputy general manager Yiu Pak-leung, not only displayed the spirit of patriotism and service to society but also gained honor for the firm.

It said their election to the district councils is part of the substantial contribution made to Hong Kong by the firm.

The newspaper found that the six new councilors put only “executive” in the column for occupation or left it blank when they applied to be candidates.

Yiu said he was an independent candidate, while the other five represent the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

None of them said in their applications forms that they work for the travel firm, and they all declined comment.

Some academics said the firm should have unveiled their identities to the public before the elections, as it is a major state-owned company.

Political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said employees of some Chinese firms had joined political groups in Hong Kong.

He suspected that the firms might have assisted in their candidacy in the elections but said it is hard to estimate how much effort was put in.

Lau predicted that the number of employees in state-owned firms taking part in the city’s politics will increase in future.

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