22 October 2016
Eddie Chu Hoi-dick (background pic), Nathan Law (inset, upper) and Yau Wai-ching are among the young winners of the Legco election. Photos: Reuters
Eddie Chu Hoi-dick (background pic), Nathan Law (inset, upper) and Yau Wai-ching are among the young winners of the Legco election. Photos: Reuters

Welcome to the new generation of legislators

We are excited to welcome the new generation of legislators who will surely bring new energy to the Legislative Council.

As to Hong Kong Television chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay, we can only say, better luck next time.

The naughty boy of the telecom sector, who campaigned on the promise of kicking out Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in next year’s election, lost to Tanya Chan Suk-chong of the Civic Party, who took the last seat in the Hong Kong Island constituency.

Call it destiny. Hong Kong Island has seen the number of its seats reduced to six from seven.

Compared with other districts, it is regarded as a bailiwick of pan-democrats, and many residents of Taikoo Shing had to line up until 2 a.m. of the following day to be able to cast their ballots in view of the huge turnout and diminished number of polling stations.

That should have been a good omen for the pan-democrats, but the competition even among themselves was fierce.

Cyd Ho Sau-lan of the Labour Party failed in her bid for re-election, along with fellow democrats Lee Cheuk-yan, Frederick Fung Kin-kee and Raymond Wong Yuk-man.

Like it or not, the old warriors had to pass the baton to the new generation of democrats, the post-’80s and post-’90s set.

This new breed of politicos include Nathan Law Kung-chung, a veteran of the 2014 Occupy protests who at 23 will be the youngest Legco member and second only in the number of votes garnered on the Island to the almighty Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.

Law, along with Yau Wai-ching, Kwong Chun-yu and several other yellow umbrella wielders, steps up to answer the call of what promises to be one of the most interesting chapters in Hong Kong’s post-handover political saga.

Election complaints are pouring, and this is understandable; those who lost outnumber the winners.

But this time around, we can’t help but feel glad for the new legislators, especially the young guns who have graduated from the raging streets of protest into the august halls of Legco.

For Ricky Wong, this is just another setback.

His company’s share price fell as much as 10 percent on Monday morning after surging 10 percent last Friday amid high expectations that he would win, which could have meant a bigger chance for him to get a TV license.

Wong has blamed CY Leung for blocking his business. That is why he campaigned for ABC – Anyone But CY – to ride on the public’s growing disaffection with the chief executive.

Unfortunately, his strategy did not work well, although very few candidates voiced their support for a second term for Leung for fear of upsetting their own voters.

The voters are not stupid, either. If Leung did not get a second term, what would Wong do for the rest of his term in Legco with his mission already accomplished?

Nice to see Hong Kong Island voters are not stupid.

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