Eunice Yung Hoi-yan, considered a rising star in Hong Kong’s political circles after she secured a win in the 2016 Legislative Council election, said she is unfazed by criticism over her perceived close ties with Beijing’s Liaison Office in the city.
The 40-year-old lawmaker, who belongs to the New People’s Party (NPP), said she maintains contact with the central government’s coordination office as that can help her bring the attention of mainland officials to critical issues facing Hong Kong people.
In an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Yung said she doesn’t think having a close relationship with the Liaison Office will harm her image or affect her popularity among the public.
Criticisms from some people, who have called her a “foster daughter of Sai Wan”, among other things, don’t bother her, the lawmaker said.
Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong is popularly known as “Sai Wan” office, in reference to its location in the Western District.
Yung, who is a barrister by profession, stressed that Liaison Office is the best channel to ensure exchange of views between Hong Kong and Beijing on key issues.
The office can provide a lot of help when it comes to things like helping Hong Kong companies and individuals start businesses in the mainland or building links between schools in the two places, she said.
Yung added that she will always do her best to provide help anyway she can, even if that means a risk of facing criticism that she is a Beijing lackey.
Giving herself a score of 70 out of 100, Yung said she needs to make her political stance clearer in the future, especially on some popular issues, so that her personal image can be more distinctive.
In other comments, she said she will definitely seek another term in the Legco as long as she enjoys people’s support.
Asked if her party’s leader, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who Yung considers as her mentor, really plans to retire soon as some media reports have suggested, Yung said she doesn’t take the reports seriously.
Ip never mentioned anything specific to her, Yung said.
Among other issues, Yung, who became NPP vice chairperson in June, explained why she declined an invitation to join a cooperation group formed by pro-establishment lawmakers with legal backgrounds.
Yung said she didn’t accept the invitation as she wanted to stay independent, but stressed that her party has been keeping close relationships with different entities.
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