Former financial secretary John Tsang on Thursday formally announced his candidacy for the March chief executive election, pledging to run a campaign on the slogan “Trust, Hope, Unity”.
Addressing a packed news conference, Tsang said he decided to run for the top job in order to help the city overcome the challenges and renew hope among the people.
He said his long years of experience in the government makes him qualified to take on the key role.
Tsang said he feels sad when he hears young people talking about emigrating from the city. Such talk “made me wonder what the reason was that they think like that and what I could do”, he said.
The former finance chief said some “disruptive elements” were threatening Hong Kong’s growth, and pointed to “the anger, the polarization, the occasional irrational talk of independence and the confrontation that has torn our society apart”, RTHK reports.
Tsang then went on to suggest how the problems could be resolved.
“It requires restraint, it requires moderation on the part of everyone. We must pay tribute to diversity, inclusiveness and rationality in our society, the core values that provide a common ground for all the people of Hong Kong which the government is duty bound to preserve,” he said.
Tsang said though he is not a very eloquent speaker, he is willing to listen, to remember, think and feel what others say.
He pointed out that his colleagues agree he’s someone easy to work with.
“I have big dreams for this city of ours and together I know that we can overcome the many challenges that stand in our way,” Tsang said, according to RTHK.
In other comments, Tsang said “One Country, Two Systems” is a unique framework that best suits Hong Kong’s development.
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