Date
24 July 2017
John Tsang (third from right) says Hongkongers, especially young people, should fight with a never-say-die spirit, regardless of the difficulties they face. Photo: Facebook/John Tsang
John Tsang (third from right) says Hongkongers, especially young people, should fight with a never-say-die spirit, regardless of the difficulties they face. Photo: Facebook/John Tsang

John Tsang: Don’t give up on Hong Kong

Hong Kong people should never give up in the face of difficulties, Financial Secretary John Tsang said, hours after hinting at a run for chief executive in 2017.

Regardless of the challenge, Hongkongers, especially young people, should fight with a never-say-die spirit, he said in a blog post Sunday.

He said they should take pride in their efforts and not be obsessed with the outcome, adding the latter is secondary.

Tsang took to social media to explain his views after telling an interview on Friday that he could consider challenging Leung Chun-ying for the top job if doing so would “contribute to Hong Kong’s well-being”.

“I love Hong Kong,” he said, adding people should be in no doubt about it, but made no mention of his potential candidacy. 

Tsang said the chief executive job is a tough one, with plenty of criticism and unhappiness.

Tsang described his relationship with Leung as “professional” because they are both working for the good of Hong Kong. 

Leung, who is widely expected to seek a second five-year term, tapped Tsang to be his finance minister after winning election in 2012.

Tsang had been a holdover from the Donald Tsang administration.

John Tsang said every leader has his or her own philosophy but the challenge is complicated when social issues are politicized and society is polarized. 

But given time, Hong Kong people will regain trust in their government, he said.

Meanwhile, Starry Lee, leader of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the biggest pro-establishment bloc in the Legislative Council, said the party will support their founding chairman, Jasper Tsang, over Leung.

Jasper Tsang told an interview on Friday that he would consider a run for chief executive “if no one stepped up”.

Lee, who is also a member of Leung’s cabinet, said there is no need for Beijing’s consent in pledging support for Jasper Tsang.

A recent survey by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong put John Tsang’s public approval rating at 61.7, topping that of Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (54.2) and Leung (40.1).

The survey was conducted from July 20 to 25 among 751 respondents.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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