The fight for Legislative Council seats is getting more intense as we enter the final week of campaign, and as to be expected, rumors about sex and money involving some candidates are spreading fast and thick.
Apple Daily reported on Tuesday that a group called Confederacy of Hongkong Shanwei Clansman Limited has been distributing breakfast packs of Quaker Oats and biscuits worth HK$70 each to Kwun Tong residents.
The giveaways come with a cheat sheet for just two numbers – 5 and 802. Rest assured it’s not about HSBC (00005.HK) but refers most probably to Paul Tse Wai-chun, who is running for a seat in the Kowloon East constituency (No. 5) and Starry Lee Wai-king, chairwoman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong who is a candidate for the “super seat” constituency (No. 805).
Rival candidates may call it bribery, but the previously unheard of community group is said to have explained that the freebies are simply welcome gifts to new members.
That comes only days after Ken Chow Wing-kan, a Liberal Party candidate for a Legco seat in New Territories West, pulled out of the race over unspecified threats to his family and supporters.
Chow also said he is giving way to rival Junius Ho Kwan-yiu to avoid diluting the votes for pro-establishment candidates.
But despite such explanation for Chow’s withdrawal from the race, which, by the way, is not allowed under election rules because his candidacy has been confirmed, some quarters insist that it’s about money, specifically, that he’s been offered HK$5 million – and a government position to boot – to do so.
On the other side of the fence, Sing Tao Daily unleashes its broadsides at HKTV chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay, who is believed to have thrown his hat into the ring to get back at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for holding up his long overdue pay-TV license.
Apparently, a lady, who filed a sexual harassment case against Wong in Shanghai in 2011, had written to Leung, citing her complaint to oppose the awarding of a TV license to Wong’s firm.
That’s not really news, since the story was reported by Sing Tao’s sister publication several years ago, but who cares? As long as it serves to damage Wong’s credibility.
We’re not so sure if such a charge would make much damage, though.
Before running as an independent for the Hong Kong island seat, Wong announced that he had recently divorced his wife.
Wagging tongues say it’s a pre-emptive move against charges regarding his alleged extramarital affairs.
Still on the subject of affairs, Singtao’s East Week reported last week that Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, who represented the accountancy constituency for four years and is seeking an encore, had an extramarital liaison with former student leader Crystal Chow, who worked under him as a researcher.
Leung has neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, but said there’s nothing secret about the employment contracts of his staff.
Watch out for more juicy stories as we approach the Sept. 4 election.
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