Date
20 August 2017
John Tsang drums up support for his chief executive bid during a campaign event in Tai Wan last Saturday. Photo: Facebook/John Tsang
John Tsang drums up support for his chief executive bid during a campaign event in Tai Wan last Saturday. Photo: Facebook/John Tsang

Tsang to go on bus tour, hold rally in final CE campaign push

Chief executive contender John Tsang will hold a rally Friday evening in Central in a final campaign push ahead of Sunday’s contest for Hong Kong’s top job. 

The rally, which is expected to draw hundreds of participants, is aimed at sending a message that the former financial secretary enjoys wide popular appeal and that he is the most suitable person to become the city’s next leader.

Ahead of the event, Tsang will visit several districts in an open-top bus to greet citizens and drum up support as he prepares to take on former chief secretary Carrie Lam and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing in the CE election. 

In a busy schedule, Tsang will begin the bus tour at noon and visit places such as Ap Lei Chau, Causeway Bay, the Eastern District and the Central District on Hong Kong Island.

According to a Letter of No Objection issued by the police, the convertible double-decker bus that Tsang and his campaign team will use is set to ply four routes, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The bus will arrive at Times Square in Causeway Bay at about 3 pm and stay there for half an hour, before it continues the trip to its destination at Crawford House, on 70 Queen’s Road Central.

Following the tour, Tsang will host a rally held at Edinburgh Place across the building of the General Post Office in Central.

The Letter of No Objection shows the rally will begin at 5 pm and end at 7:45 pm, with the number of participants estimated to be between 500 and 1000.

In a Thursday post on a social media page set up for his campaign, Tsang noted that Friday will be the last day for him to conduct district visits before the election and that he will make a final push.

He said he believes most citizens want him to be the new leader of the city and added that he sees no reason why he can’t have Beijing’s trust.

At the same time, Tsang said that he has no intention to use his high popularity to put pressure on the central government.

In other comments, Tsang said that Hong Kong and Beijing share many common goals but the biggest issue at the moment is that there is no mutual trust between the two sides.

The Chief Executive Election Rolling Survey, which is being conducted from March 1 to 24 by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong, shows that the public support rate for Tsang in terms of CE choice stood at 57 percent as of Thursday, a new high since the survey began.

Meanwhile, the support rate for Lam has dropped slightly to 27 percent, while the figure for Woo was at 10 percent.

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