Date
26 September 2017
John Tsang said Chief Executive Carrie Lam has performed quite well so far as social divisions have not got worse, while polls show her popularity has gone up. Photo: HKEJ
John Tsang said Chief Executive Carrie Lam has performed quite well so far as social divisions have not got worse, while polls show her popularity has gone up. Photo: HKEJ

John Tsang may form NGO to keep Hong Kong ‘hopeful’

Former financial secretary John Tsang says he has been living an easy life since he lost his bid to become chief executive in the March election, but he has not stopped being concerned about Hong Kong’s future.

In an interview on a Commercial Radio Hong Kong program on Tuesday, Tsang, 66, said his life in retirement is still busy but in a much more relaxing way than when he was serving in the government.

He said he does not have to stay uptight as he used to be when pursuing government policies and he can talk about things more freely as well as promote concepts that he is interested in, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

He said the new government under Chief Executive Carrie Lam has performed quite well so far as social divisions have not got worse while public polls show its popularity has gone up.

Social conflicts cannot be resolved in a short period of time and healing divisions requires mutual trust, which must be earned through more effort, Tsang said.

While he called on the people to give the new administration more time to fix problems, Tsang said what he had learned during his election campaign is that it would be hard for society to move forward if the public lacked hope.

As such, Tsang, who has urged Hongkongers to stay hopeful and keep on dreaming after his defeat on March 26, revealed he may form a non-government organization to keep society hopeful.

He also stressed that Hong Kong society is mature enough to deserve universal suffrage.

Still, he has been keeping track of the new government’s performance, including watching what Lam has to say every Tuesday morning before she hosts the regular Executive Council meeting, news website hk01.com reported.

He said he has never felt disappointed about not being able to win, adding that he does not object to the idea of serving in the government again if he is asked, only that he has not been approached so far.

Tsang said it is good to see many young people demand opportunities to move up the social ladder but social mobility is not only about the economy but covers various aspects that they should also focus on.

Speaking about the young generation, he said enjoying life every day is more important than saving money diligently to buy a home. He also urged them to travel as much as possible while still young.

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