Ricky Wong announces Legco candidacy

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Ricky Wong Press Conf

HKTV founder Ricky Wong announces his Legco candidacy today. He claims that the upcoming election is a contest between “Leungyalists” and “Anti-Leungers”. (Photo credit: Jeni Zhi)

Ricky Wong Wai-kay (王維基) announced today that he is going to stand in the Legco elections this September. He will run for a Hong Kong Island seat.

Deposing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) tops Wong’s policy platform. He claimed that the upcoming Legco race should not be a rivalry between the pro-establishment and pan-democrats, but between “Leungyalists (保梁黨)” and “Anti-Leungers (反梁派)”.

Wong, who is a founding member of Liberal Party, refused to explicitly identify himself as pro-establishment or pan-democrat, and said he is not joining any political party. He hopes to unite anti-Leung forces to win at least 35 out of 70 Legco seats, so to pass a motion of no confidence against Leung.

“It is very likely that Leung Chun-ying would like to run for another term and he will succeed in doing so,” Wong said at the press conference. “If half of the 3,800,000 voters are not coming out to vote, like in the past … the fault is no one’s but our own.”

According to Wong, the Leung administration’s denial to HKTV’s application for a broadcasting license is not the primary reason for him to run. Instead, his decision was motivated by a newfound passion for politics. He also affirmed that he will continue to run his online television and shopping business.

Wong indicated in his policy platform that he advocates for Legco election by universal suffrage, but is not necessarily against the 831 decision (i.e. chief executive candidates have to go through a pre-selection process by an appointed committee), insofar as it will eventually lead to election of chief executive by true universal suffrage without any pre-selection. Wong also stated in the policy platform that he will not participate in any kind of filibustering if he is elected.

Wong’s land policy focuses on increasing housing supply, aiming to provide 7,635 hectares of land for housing by 2047. He supports developing idle farmlands and 5% of local country parks into new towns for housing. He is also in favour of “appropriate extent” of reclamation and abolishing the New Territories small house policy.

As for economic and industrial policies, Wong believes that the government should revise existing legislation on financial technologies (FinTech) so to keep up with the latest FinTech used in other world financial centres. He demands revitalisation of local industries as well, such as food processing and medical equipment manufacturing.

As the Basic Law prescribes that only Hong Kong permanent residents with Chinese citizenship who hold no other citizenship or residency can run for Legco seats elected by geographical constituencies, Wong has surrendered his Canadian citizenship, but he does not seem to regret the choice.

“I had a foreign passport … and supposedly had the financial means to live anywhere else in the world. For a while it did cross my mind that ‘Hong Kong is beyond hope’ and it was ‘time to call it quits’,” he wrote in his policy platform. “[But] surely many people, myself included, are not ready to throw in the towel just yet.”