Edward Leung says localists can win 2 seats in NT East in Sept

March 02, 2016 14:54
Localist groups can put up a good show in the forthcoming LegCo election if they work in coordination, says Edward Leung. Photo: tmhk.org

Edward Leung Tin-kei said he expects his group, Hong Kong Indigenous (HKI), to get registered as a society by the end of April so that the organization can quickly establish a fund to support activists arrested in the wake of last month's Mong Kok clashes.

Leung, who won more than 66,000 votes during Sunday's by-election for the Legislative Council’s New Territories East constituency, made the comments Tuesday after he visited Tseung Kwan O to offer thanks to the voters there, according to Apple Daily.

Leung made the field trip along with Ray Wong Toi-yeung, a spokesperson for HKI, which is one of the so-called localist groups in the city.

During the visit, Leung met with enthusiastic response from the people, especially the youth, proving that he has become quite popular.

Several people approached the activist to shake his hand and get their pictures taken alongside. 

Leung said he has not made any decision on running for a seat in the Legislative Council election in September.

He said he welcomes the prospect of more localist parties participating in the LegCo elections.

Wong Yeung-tat of radical populist group Civic Passion, independent lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man, and Horace Chin Wan-kan, an assistant professor at Lingnan University, announced on Monday that they would run for LegCo seats in September.

Leung said it is possible that localists can grab two seats in the New Territories East constituency if they map out coordinated plans and work to a common goal.

However, he was quick to point out that his interpretation of localist groups doesn't include political parties such as People Power and the League of Social Democrats.

In a Now TV news program Tuesday, Leung insisted that there is no bottom-line in the fight against the government, and that the campaign will go on regardless of the price that one might pay.

"We are after results... we do not care if our thinking is perceived mainstream or not," Leung said.

Social activist Avery Ng Man-yuen of the League of Social Democrats disagreed with Leung in the news program, saying that political leaders must take responsibility.

Leaders of his party would take responsibility for actions of its supporters at any protest site, Ng said.

People Power's Erica Yuen Mi-ming said she is quite concerned with the notion of having "no bottom-lines".

Protesters must be told clearly of the possible consequences, she said, adding that lives cannot be put at risk casually.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying congratulated Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung Nook-kiu for winning the Sunday by-election, while playing down questions related to Edward Leung's good showing.

Admitting that there was dissatisfaction in society, Leung said the government will try to confront all the challenges head on.

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