Woo unveils platform, says he is confident of being shortlisted

December 15, 2016 10:16
Woo Kwok-hing says pro-democracy Election Committee members should support him because his platform focuses on political reform. Photo: HKEJ

Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing has unveiled his platform, saying he believes he will win enough support to be shortlisted as a candidate in next year's chief executive election.

The 46-page platform, announced at a press conference at the Hong Kong Shue Yan University where he is a board member, mainly focuses on 10 key issues including political reform, Article 23 of the Basic Law, land, housing and education.

Woo, who formally launched his candidacy on Oct.27, becoming the first to do so, said the issue regarding when and how the government should implement political reform that allows citizens to directly vote for their leader without the candidates having to be pre-selected by a committee is the root of divisions in Hong Kong society.

He proposed to enlarge the voter base for choosing the Election Committee to one million in the 2022 chief executive election from the current 250,000, rising to three million by 2032 and eventually quasi-universal suffrage.

He said the proposal is consistent with Article 45 of the Basic Law.

If elected chief executive, Woo said he will take up the proposal with Beijing once a public consensus is achieved.

He said the pro-democracy members of the committee that were selected in Sunday's election should support him because his platform focuses on political reform.

Woo said he is confident he would be on a shortlist of candidates which requires support from at least 150 committee members.

As for land and housing, Woo said his top priorities will be adding more public homes and developing brownfields.

He criticized the government for creating too many disputes that led to serious divisions in society. He said it's a “a good thing” that Chief Executive CY Leung decided not to seek reelection.

Woo was joined at the press conference by his family but there was a notable absence of political heavyweights.

Among the attendees was Andy Ho On-tat, former information coordinator during Donald Tsang’s administration from 2006 to 2012.

Ho said he admires Woo’s integrity and that is why he is helping with his campaign. However, he is not part of Woo's team.

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