Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, who has acted as a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC) for 10 years, or two terms, said she will not seek re-election because she is too busy managing the affairs of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP).
The election of Hong Kong deputies to the 13th NPC will be held on Dec. 19.
In an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Law, 64, admitted that she has not been able to focus on her role as an NPC deputy since she was named HKSTP chairwoman in 2014.
Instead of being just a nominal representative, Law thought it was time to pass the torch to the new generation, who can learn more about the country through the NPC.
She dismissed speculation that she chose not to run for a third term because she no longer found satisfaction in the job.
The positions she currently holds, including Executive Council member, non-executive director in several listed companies, and HKSTP chairwoman, have kept her so busy that she is unable to find time to be a dedicated NPC deputy, Law said.
She stressed that she is leaving the NPC not because she feels disappointed in any way. In fact, she said, she has made a number of proposals to Beijing on education, anti-corruption, rule of law and environmental protection, and quite a number of them have been gradually accepted and implemented.
Over the past few years, she also worked for the release of several Hongkongers who had been detained in the mainland for unjustified reasons, and their return to Hong Kong, although her efforts were something the public could not be aware of, Law said.
As an NPC deputy, she has learned how to obtain top-level information in the mainland, Law said, adding that she could continue doing so even after her retirement through the channels she has built.
For those who will be elected to the Chinese legislature, Law said she hopes they will be dedicated to the job, learn with a humble mind and make their suggestions objectively.
She said she will give priority to solving Hong Kong’s problems, especially since the next five years will be crucial for the city’s development, adding that she has to put in more time to support the Hong Kong government.
The last thing she wants to see is for politics to enter innovation-related discussions, she said.
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