Date
18 August 2017
Legislator Holden Chow says he will not declare himself a Carrie Lam supporter until she has proven her capabilities. Photo: HKEJ
Legislator Holden Chow says he will not declare himself a Carrie Lam supporter until she has proven her capabilities. Photo: HKEJ

Chow to wait and see before pledging support for Carrie Lam

Legislator Holden Chow, vice chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said the recent UGL saga brought him and his family a lot of pressure, but he hopes to move on, having learned his lesson as a newcomer, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Chow said he has no regrets being a keen supporter of Leung Chun-ying but added he could have dealt with the matter in a better way.

“I supported him because I had spent time observing him during his term in office. I will not switch sides simply because of certain events,” Chow said, adding that he has not contacted CY Leung since the events.

After Carrie Lam became chief executive in July, she was labelled by some as “CY 2.0”. Chow said he would not automatically support her because of her association with her predecessor. He said he would not declare himself a Lam supporter until she has proven her capabilities.

Chow said he had proposed an amendment to extend the stamp duty exemption period for homebuyers replacing flats.

Chow joined the DAB in 2004 and advanced to the Legislative Council in 12 years. Unfortunately, with the UGL saga, he became a household name for the wrong reason.

But Chow is grateful for all that has happened. He said the experience of overcoming obstacles would boost his confidence in meeting the challenges in the future.

After graduating from a UK university in 2002, Chow worked at a Japanese lens company as a sales person. He quickly realised that it was not the life he wanted and decided to pursue a law degree.

As a Legco member, Chow said he understood that his greatest role is to take initiatives.

Speaking about the new developments on Lantau Island and the shipping industry, Chow said he hopes that these less talked-about projects can be completed in the long run to make Hong Kong a more competent city.

Chow won a functional constituency seat with 260,000 votes in last year’s Legco elections.

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