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22 October 2018
Some lawmakers of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) who are aged over 60 could make way for others in 2020, but not all. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ
Some lawmakers of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) who are aged over 60 could make way for others in 2020, but not all. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

DAB old-timers: Not all want to retire

Apart from the old-timers, including those from the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, that I mentioned in my previous column, several incumbent lawmakers of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) who are already aged over 60 are also likely to step down in 2020.

Among these possibly outgoing DAB lawmakers is the 69-year-old Wong Ting-kwong representing the import and export functional constituency, who has expressed his intention that he won’t be seeking re-election in 2020.

As Wong told us, he would have passed the torch to his partymate Holden Chow Ho-ding already back in the 2016 Legislative Council election if the latter had not been arranged by the party to switch to the contest for the District Council (Second) functional constituency or the so-called “Super District Council” seat.

As a result, Wong had to serve one more term.

Wong also said that Michael Hui Wah-kit, current vice president of the Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ & Exporters’ Association (HKCIEA), who is also a member of the DAB central committee, is among one of the top hopefuls who may succeed him in 2020.

However, as he also pointed out, it is the HKCIEA, not he himself, that has the final word on who is going to run in 2020. That said, no final decision would be made until further coordination within the organization.

As to the 61-year-old Leung Che-cheung, who is an incumbent member of the Yuen Long District Council, he said even though he agrees that it is time for him to recruit and nurture his successor in the district council, it is still premature at this point to decide whether he should step down or not as a lawmaker in 2020.

It is because, Leung explained, given the unique nature of his support base, i.e. local community organizations in Tin Shui Wai as well as indigenous clans in New Territories West, his seat isn’t simply “up for grabs” just like that.

As such, the jury is still out as to whether he will run again in the Legco election two years from now.

As far as the 63-year-old Ann Chiang Lai-wan in Kowloon West is concerned, things are a bit more complicated.

The reason is that although there has been mounting pressure within the DAB for her to step down in 2020 and give way to the 39-year-old Vincent Cheng Wing-shun, who, against all the odds, pulled off a major upset against the pan-democrat candidate Edward Yiu Chung-yim in the by-election in March this year, it appears the high-spirited Chiang would like to stick around in Legco for a little bit longer, some in the DAB said.

According to them, Chiang implied that all she needs to prevail in the upcoming race is to secure just half of the votes she took in the last election.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on July 21

Translation by Alan Lee with additional reporting

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Columnist of Hong Kong Economic Journal.

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