Date
19 October 2017
John Tsang (left) continues to lead other probable candidates in the chief executive race in the latest poll while CY Leung sees the highest increase in support rate. Photo: Reuters
John Tsang (left) continues to lead other probable candidates in the chief executive race in the latest poll while CY Leung sees the highest increase in support rate. Photo: Reuters

John Tsang stresses need for unity as poll shows him in the lead

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has warned that Hong Kong will find it hard to achieve its goals if there is no unity in society.

“If Hong Kong people fail to unite to work in concert, I’m afraid everything will get half the result with twice the effort or even end up in vain despite ideal visions,” Tsang wrote in his blog on Sunday, after returning from a trip to Beijing to visit several senior officials last week, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

His trip came amid widespread speculation that he will soon announce his decision to run for chief executive next year.

In his blog, Tsang said he agreed with a mainland finance official he met during his Beijing visit, who told him that “Hong Kong society must stay stable, otherwise it would be only a fantasy to seek economic development”.

He said although Hong Kong faced a lot of controversies in recent years, the number of people going to the extreme will remain small as most of the citizens will continue to choose the middle path.

Tsang said there is no panacea for all of society’s problems, but a harmonious environment where everyone seeks a common ground based on mutual trust will definitely help society go as far as it can even though it only takes a small step each time.

Tsang said in a radio program on Saturday that he is “actively” considering joining the race for the city’s top job step by step according to his plan, although he knows that some people might try to smear his reputation in the process.

Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a senior lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Tsang, through his blog, seems to want Beijing to know he will be a better choice if it is looking for someone who can bring harmony to society.

Among likely candidates for chief executive, Tsang enjoys the highest support rate from the public, according to the latest survey commissioned by nowTV News.

The poll, conducted by the Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University in late November, found that 28 percent of the 1,052 respondents said they support Tsang to become Hong Kong’s next leader.

Former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing came in second and third at 10.7 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively.

The support rate for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was 9.7 percent and 8.3 percent for Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Among the probable candidates, Leung saw the highest increase in support rate from the last survey.

Li Pang-kwong, chief of Department of Political Science of Lingnan University, said the survey results suggest that Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law in early November has helped boost support for Leung to a certain degree.

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