A group of Beijing-backed candidates who won in Sunday’s Legislative Council elections has been making the customary beeline to the central government’s Liaison Office to give thanks.
Among the first to pay a courtesy call was was Eunice Yung of New People’s Party, who snathced victory after performing poorly in recent polls.
She was reportedly accompanied by her benefactor and winning reelectionist Regina Ip.
Ip’s heavily tinted car was seen entering the compound and did not reemerge until 50 minutes later, according to Ming Pao reporters cited by standnews.com
The “duty” visit came at 5 p.m. Monday, just hours after the vote.
Yung won 36,183 votes in New Territories East, well ahead of “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hing.
Later Ip told Ming Pao Daily she was not in the car.
She said her driver was merely delivering some books to the Liaison Office.
Asked why her driver would stay 50 minutes, she said she had “no idea”.
Yung, who did poorly in the debates, said she owed her success to Civil Force which closely worked with her New People’s Party during the campaign and to her work at the district level in the past 24 years.
Yung and Ip were among the big winners from the pro-Beijing camp, alongside outspoken lawyer and village council leader Junius Ho.
Also clinching victory were Priscilla Leung of the Businesss and Professional Alliance and solicitor Paul Tse who won reelection in Kowloon East.
Ho joined a five-member pro-establishment caucus from New Territories West with the victory of Leung Che-cheung, Ben Chan, Alice Mak and Michael Tien,
Ho said his long-term relationship with the Liaison Office was cultivated through years of legal work.
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