Date
19 November 2017
Julian Law  is shown with John Tsang (inset) during the election campaign and with Emily Lau at an interview. Photos: Facebook/OurTV.hk, Facebook/John Tsang
Julian Law is shown with John Tsang (inset) during the election campaign and with Emily Lau at an interview. Photos: Facebook/OurTV.hk, Facebook/John Tsang

John Tsang has no plans to form political party, assistant says

Former financial secretary John Tsang has no interest in forming his own political party, according to a top aide.

Julian Law, political assistant to the defeated chief executive contender, said Tsang was successful in advocating “pragmatic politics”, which focuses on getting things done rather than stressing one’s political stance.

Law said there is a market for such politics in Hong Kong and those who believe in it could influence elections.

He said Tsang is unlikely to become the chief secretary under Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam’s administration, judging from their different styles. 

Speaking at an interview with Democratic Party chairperson Emily Lau, Law said there are more and more young people who are willing to step into politics.

While it is not difficult to hire someone to work for the government, it is a tall order for those in the establishment to be willing to trust young people, he said.

Law said Lam has not approached him although several parties have reached out to him regarding helping them in their campaigns in the upcoming Legislative Council by-elections.

Asked if he is willing to join Lam’s camp, Law said it would depend on whether the two of them can work together.

He said he could not give a definite answer although he expressed his appreciation for Lam’s confidence in his abilities during the chief executive campaign.

Lam had singled out Law for his handling of Tsang’s election campaign.

As a result of his popularity from Lam’s praises, people often offer to pay for his meals when he dines out, Law said.

Law clarified his earlier remarks suggesting that he and his team knew that Tsang was never going to win the election, saying they merely wanted to show that they had fought to the end regardless of the result.

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