Former chief secretary Carrie Lam can do a better job dealing with Beijing than her two opponents in the chief executive election.
Maria Tam, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), said Lam is a capable person with rich administrative experience, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Tam was one of 580 members of the Election Committee who endorsed Lam’s candidacy.
Speaking at a media luncheon Thursday, Tam said Lam has kept “comprehensive” contact with all sectors of society and has a good working relationship with various government agencies in the mainland.
Also, Lam’s proven track record makes her stand out in the race, Tam said.
Tam said the 36 Hong Kong deputies to the NPC have no agreement to vote for only one candidate on March 26 but added she expects the votes to go to Lam.
She said some pan-democratic committee members who did not nominate Lam may end up voting for her in the election.
As for reports that Beijing will not appoint former financial secretary John Tsang if he wins, Tam said she has “never heard of such a thing” from any top official in Beijing and would not speculate on it.
Tam said Tsang’s popularity is not something that can last long. She said Lam trails Tsang in popularity rating because she had a slow start.
Meanwhile, Chan Wing-kee, a standing committee member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s highest political advisory body, said he will vote for Lam, adding the candidate who is trusted most by Beijing will win.
NPC deputy Cheng Yiu-tong, who acts as a senior consultant to Lam’s campaign, said it is too early to predict that Lam can clinch victory by wining more than 600 votes because there could be unexpected changes.
Separately, CPPCC spokesman Wang Guoqing told a press conference on Thursday that Beijing wants to see an orderly and smooth election, without commenting on the three candidates.
The central government has an unwavering stance in implementing the “one country, two systems” principle, Wang said.
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