Seen and Heard: Edward Leung, John Tsang & Jasper Tsang, Nicholas Yang

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Our selection of the previous week’s most politically charged and controversial soundbites.

“The regime doesn’t want me to get into the Legco, no matter how I struggle to it. But  I still want to be part of it. I want to stand in the election in September, and be elected in October. I want to be a legislator.” – Edward Leung Tin-kei

Edward Leung Tin-kei, together with Avery Ng Man-yuen and Derek Chan Tak-cheung of League of Social Democrats, filed an urgent judicial review in hope of overruling Electoral Affairs Commission’s requirement that all Legco candidates must declare their allegiance to the Basic Law and HKSAR by signing the confirmation form. The court rejected the urgent application on Wednesday citing the reason that the case is not urgent. To meet the EAC’s requirement, Edward Leungsigned the confirmation form on Thursday and replied the election officer’s e-mail inquiry that he “will not further pursuit Hong Kong independence”. He told the media on the same day that he would try to get into Legco by all means.


“If no one else nearly wants to run and if it turns out that it is necessary and possible for me to stand as a candidate to offer a genuine choice at least to the election committee, then I will consider running for [CE].” – Jasper Tsang Yok-shing

“I would like to be [the chief executive] if it is for the good of Hong Kong.” – John Tsang Chun-wah

The Tsang duo – Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah and Legco President Jasper Tsang Yok-shing, indicated their interest in running for chief executive in 2017 on the same day.  In a Commercial Radio programme, John Tsang said he loves Hong Kong, but admitted CE is tough job. Jasper Tsang in RTHK’s TV programme The Pulse said what he wanted was to find a way out of the impasse and provide one more option for Beijing and Hong Kong people.


“My biggest challenge is that I don’t know what is the challenge.” Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung

At a press interview, Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, refused to rate his job performance by points, but was pleased that the HKD 2 billion innovation and technology fund was passed in Legco, so he would write ‘satisfactory’ on his self-appraisal. He then joked that his biggest challenge was he did not know what was the challenge, but also conceded that he is in face of a series of potential challenges, including how legislators evaluate his bureau’s policies, how Hong Kong people understand his words and how the outbound economy will perform, etc.