Date
24 January 2017
Netizens post photos of canned luncheon meat on Facebook after learning Wong Kwok-hing lost his Legco seat. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Netizens post photos of canned luncheon meat on Facebook after learning Wong Kwok-hing lost his Legco seat. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Netizens plan celebrations for Wong Kwok-hing’s Legco defeat

A group of netizens, obviously from the anti-establishment camp, is planning to celebrate the loss of Wong Kwok-hing of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions in Sunday’s Legislative Council election.

Wong finished sixth in the District Council (Second) functional constituency with 233,236 votes, Ming Pao Daily reports. 

The votes he garnered were short by just 10,000 votes to secure the last of the five “superseats”.

In a Facebook account, the group called on the public to gather outside Wong’s Legco office in Siu Sai Wan from 7 p.m. on Tuesday or at his office at Wah Fu Estate at around 8 p.m. for a night of merry-making.

Organizers said they would bring along beer and peanuts to celebrate Wong’s electoral defeat.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, some 800 netizens have signed up for the event.

Other netizens posted photos of canned luncheon meat on Facebook to mark the occasion.

Wong is identified with canned luncheon meat because he often used the commodity to measure how much public money was wasted when pan-democrats staged filibusters to block controversial government bills during Legco meetings.

In May 2015, Wong said each day of Legco meeting wasted as a result of filibusters cost taxpayers HK$2.55 million, which was enough to buy 164,000 cans of luncheon meat.

Despite his loss, Wong said he could “hold his head up high” because he worked hard as a legislator and during the campaign.

He vowed to serve Hong Kong people in other capacities.

Some netizens warned that Wong could still emerge as a winner as he might be given a top government job.

Last year, pro-Beijing politician Lau Kong-wah was appointed secretary for home affairs with a monthly salary of HK$300,000, a 14-fold increase from his HK$22,000 pay as a district councilor.

Like Wong, Lau failed his bid to get re-elected as a member of the District Council (Second) functional constituency.

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