Date
23 January 2017
Eddie Chu weeps during a press conference where he revealed unspecified threats to his family's safety. Last week, he told police he had been followed by shadoy men in a car. Photo: Reuters
Eddie Chu weeps during a press conference where he revealed unspecified threats to his family's safety. Last week, he told police he had been followed by shadoy men in a car. Photo: Reuters

‘King of votes’ moves out of village home over safety concerns

A topnotcher in Sunday’s Legislative Council elections has temporarily moved out of his village home to ensure the safety of his family.

Independent Eddie Chu, who won 84,000 votes in New Territories West, the most by any candidate, said his personal safety and that of his family might be at risk, Apple Daily reports.

He told Commercial Radio Hong Kong that he, his wife and their young daughter are living in an undisclosed location “for safety’s sake” because he can “sense hostility from many of my neighbors”.

He said it will take a few days to see how his family will cope with the situation.

Last week, Chu told the police he had been followed by shadowy men in a car.

And just before the elections, he had been tipped off that some people might be out to harm him, Ming Pao Daily reports

Although he has taken every safety precaution, Chu said he is open to meeting his detractors personally “if they think that’s safer than speaking out publicly”.

Chu has been battling alleged collusion between government officials and businessmen over land rights in the New Territories.

He ran on a platform of fairness and justice for indigenous villagers.

Still, he said he is not sure if winning that many votes and being a lawmaker can guarantee his personal safety, according to news website hk01.com.

However, he said the mandate allows him to pursue his reform agenda.

Chu said he will not join other election winners in a duty visit to Beijing led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, saying he sees no point in doing so.

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