17 March 2018
Edward Yiu (left) is optimistic about his chances of winning the Kowloon West seat in the Legco by-election, but so is his main rival Vincent Cheng. Photos: HKEJ
Edward Yiu (left) is optimistic about his chances of winning the Kowloon West seat in the Legco by-election, but so is his main rival Vincent Cheng. Photos: HKEJ

Edward Yiu vows support to parties of disqualified lawmakers

Edward Yiu Chung-yim, the pan-democratic camp’s candidate for the Kowloon West geographical constituency in the Legislative Council by-elections, has promised to provide financial support for the political organizations of all disqualified lawmakers if he wins in the March 11 contest.

In an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Yiu, who was stripped of his Legco seat along with three others last year for improper oath-taking in 2016, said he was among the people who have been victimized and that the unjust disqualification will prompt voters to again back him.

Once he makes it to the Legco, he will strive to donate his resources as a lawmaker, including his pay, to the political organizations that house the other disqualified members, he said.

The move will be aimed at helping the democracy activists keep up their fight, he said.

Yiu said his donation can also go to the localist group Youngspiration, which saw its two elected lawmakers Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, disqualified, as long as they file an application with him.

Asked about his chances of by-election win, the 53-year-old former lawmaker who had earlier represented the architectural, surveying, planning and landscape functional constituency but has now decided to switch to a geographic constituency, was very optimistic.

Yiu said that although his major opponent, Vincent Cheng Wing-shun, a Sham Shui Po District Council member from the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, has been using a lot of ads and “political stars” in campaign activities, high spending alone will not guarantee a win.

It is who you are,not those “stars” beside you, as a candidate that counts in voters’ eye, Yiu stressed.

Claiming that he has never had any regrets about entering politics, Yiu revealed that joining the functional constituency was only a stepping stone in his plan and that his long-set goal is to represent a geographical constituency, which he is trying to realize now.

Once elected, Yiu aims to play a coordinating role among the pro-democracy groups, which he thinks need to resolve some existing contradictions and misunderstandings within the camp.

In light of the fact that the Legco’s meeting rules have been changed and therefore weakened the pan-democratic camp’s power to monitor the government, Yiu said he will use his seat to focus on proactively looking intovested interests of the pro-establishment camp.

Yiu’s rival Cheng, meanwhile, is also confident about his own chances of winning the election. He pointed out that he has served the West Kowloon grassroots communities for years, and that it gives him a competitive advantage against Yiu.

Apart from Cheng and Yiu, independent candidate Jonathan Tsoi Tung-chau is also in the race for the Kowloon West geographical constituency seat in the upcoming by-election.

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