Date
18 October 2017
Lau Ming-wai says candidates with good looks can gain more votes in the District Council elections. Yau Wai-ching (inset), a first-time candidate of the localist group Youngspiration, made a strong showing in the last poll.  Photos: EJ insight
Lau Ming-wai says candidates with good looks can gain more votes in the District Council elections. Yau Wai-ching (inset), a first-time candidate of the localist group Youngspiration, made a strong showing in the last poll. Photos: EJ insight

Want to win the election? Photoshop your face, says Lau Ming-wai

Want to run in the next election?

Use Photoshop or some other image-editing apps to improve your chances of winning.

The advice comes from no less than Commission on Youth chairman Lau Ming-wai, who thinks that improving your appearance on photos and campaign posters could greatly increase your chances of getting elected.

Lau, the son of real-estate tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung who was once praised as a “male god” in an RTHK program, cites a research conducted by Bauhinia Foundation Research Center to support his belief.

The think tank, which has been advising the government on policy matters, launched a self-developed mobile app last month, asking users to rate the pictures of 10 people who participated in the District Council elections last Nov. 22 with regard to their appearance.

Users were asked to click on a “heart” emoji for candidates they like or a cross for those they don’t like.

A total of 2,240 respondents participated in the voluntary survey.

About 70 percent of the respondents are male, and 12 percent said they were pro-establishment.

The results showed that the top 10 percent of candidates who got the highest scores won 47 percent of the votes on average in the District Council elections while those received the lowest scores only took up 33 percent of the votes.

Commenting on the survey results, Lau said political parties are advised to nominate candidates with good looks or at least hire a professional photographer to improve their candidates’ appearance on pictures.

“Try Photoshop or Meitu mobile apps,” Lau said in a tea gathering with media representatives on Monday.

He also warned candidates against taking their pictures against a yellow background, which makes them look old-fashioned.

Lau admitted that the survey results may not be very accurate as the samplings may be biased.

He also said the beauty rule may not apply to the Legislative Council elections in September as voters tend to focus more on the candidates’ political views and campaign platforms.

Asked whether he thought he could beat all male candidates if he had joined last year’s District Council election, Lau said he does not want to enter the “hot kitchen”.

Chloe Chow contributed in this article.

Lau vs Yau: Why it’s a no contest, really (Jan. 8, 2016)

Meitu, a beautiful app with rich valuation (April 14, 2016)

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