Eric Yeung kicked off his campaign on 6 Aug with Chan Kin-por and Wong Ting-Kwong’s support. He aims to seize the Legco IT seat from Charles Mok. (Photo credit: Ashley Kong)
(Translated from Chinese by Ashley Kong, original see here)
At his campaign kick-off, Eric Yeung Cheun-sing (楊全盛) highlighted Hong Kong’s lack of government initiatives to promote local IT education and employment. He claimed he is disappointed at the last Legco session which “placed political questions before the sector’s demands”.
Yeung pledged to “rebuild the bridge” between the IT sector and the government if he is elected. He also promised not to be enemies with the government in hope of accelerating passage of government bills and funding.
One of Yeung’s major allies is Chan Kin-por (陳健波), outgoing chairman of the Legco Finance Committee and uncontested insurance representative. According to Chan, the number of voters in the IT sector has risen from 6,000 to 12,000. At the kick-off event, Chan said Yeung is nearing election meltdown and called for voters to come out – one of the earliest get-out-the-vote operations in this year’s election.
Wong Ting-kwong (黃定光) of DAB, who just won a walkover in the Import and Export constituency, too campaigned for Yeung. He criticised incumbent IT lawmaker Charles Mok Nai-kwong (莫乃光) for “messing around while doing nothing (搞搞震無幫襯)”, and supported Yeung to take over.
In response to criticism from Yeung’s camp, Charles Mok explained that during the last session he had advocated for government IT initiatives like Pilot Technology Voucher Programme, Innovation and Technology Venture Fund and Innovation and Midstream Research Fund. However, he indicated that he “will not follow the government blindly”.
The two IT candidates seem to differentiate little in their policy platforms. Both are interested in reviewing the city’s regulations on ridesharing apps like Uber, as well as professional qualifications in the IT industry.
Eric Yeung is running as an independent candidate. Meanwhile, Charles Mok has allied with accounting candidate Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong (梁繼昌), legal candidate Dennis Kwok Wing-hang (郭榮鏗), social welfare candidate Shiu Ka-chun (邵家臻), and architectural, surveying, planning and landscaping candidate Edward Yiu Chung-yim (姚松炎). The alliance pledged to vote in bundle on bills that could affect Hong Kong core values, aspiring to form a pan-democratic force in the functional constituencies.