Former lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee announced on Thursday that he has quit the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood (ADPL), the political party which he co-founded 32 years ago.
The veteran democrat said at a press conference, which was attended by members of his former party, that he made the decision after months of deliberation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Fung, who claimed that he is unhappy and reluctant to see himself leave ADPL because he has dedicated the best 30-some-odd years of his life to it, stressed that there is absolutely no dispute between him and ADPL.
He said the main reason he is making the move is because he wants to set up an advocacy group that will focus on people’s livelihood issues and fight for public welfare, in ways that are different from what ADPL is adopting.
According to Fung, he was ready to leave ADPL last month, but put it off as many party colleagues had urged him to give the matter some more thought.
Claiming that ADPL has done nothing wrong that prompted his leaving, Fung says he believes the party still represents a very important platform to raise matters of public interest and livelihood issues.
That said, he now wants to build his own platform that will play a different role but also work hand in hand with the ADPL to solve people’s problems, the former lawmaker added.
Fung mentioned that his new pressure group will have seven other organizing committee members who have no political party background.
The group will not put restrictions on people who want to join it, nor will it interfere with the pan-democratic camp’s strategies in future elections, he said.
APDL chairman Sze Tak-loy said it is a pity to see Fung leave but he respects the decision.
While noting that the party looks forward to working with Fung’s pressure group, Sze emphasized that the party’s strategy for elections will not be affected by Fung’s departure.
Fung called on the public to support candidates representing ADPL.
RTHK, in a report, noted speculation that Fung might run as an independent candidate in the Legislative Council by-election scheduled for Nov. 25 for the Kowloon West geographical constituency seat.
Asked about if he really intends to do so, Fung, who had vowed earlier this year not to run in future elections, said he won’t answer questions on topics other than the relationship between ADPL and him.
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