Regina Ip joins Chief Ex­ec­u­tive race

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By JOSEPH LI in Hong Kong joseph@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, law­maker and New Peo­ple’s Party (NPP) chair­woman, an­nounced on Thursday she will run in the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive elec­tion in March 2017, vow­ing to “win back Hong Kong” as her cam­paign slo­gan.

In her elec­tion man­i­festo, she said Hong Kong so­ci­ety had never be­fore been torn apart and po­lar­ized as much as af­ter the 79-day il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion in 2014, the veto of elec­toral re­form last year, and the re­cent oath-tak­ing fi­asco of the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

Like most Hong Kong res­i­dents, she hoped the city could get back on the right track and said she chose to stand out to join in the race at this crit­i­cal mo­ment.

Ip, also an Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil mem­ber, was the first fe­male di­rec­tor of im­mi­gra­tion and sec­re­tary for se­cu­rity. She is the sec­ond well-known fig­ure, af­ter re­tired judge Woo Kwokhing, to for­mally an­nounce can­di­dacy in the elec­tion.

On Mon­day, John Tsang Chun-wah ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion as fi­nan­cial sec­re­tary. Chief Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has also said she will se­ri­ously con­sider par­tic­i­pa­tion.

On Wednesday night, NPP mem­bers en­dorsed at an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing Ip’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­ing CE elec­tion. She per­son­ally sub­mit­ted her res­ig­na­tion from the post of ex­ec­u­tive coun­cilor to CE Le­ung Chun-ying.

Le­ung ac­cepted her res­ig­na­tion and praised her for pro­vid­ing in­sights on var­i­ous im­por­tant is­sues, re­flect­ing views from dif­fer­ent quar­ters of the com­mu­nity and help­ing the SAR gov­ern­ment to de­liver pol­icy ob­jec­tives ef­fec­tively since be­com­ing an ExCo mem­ber in Oc­to­ber 2012.

The most renowned of those at­tend­ing Ip’s cam­paign rally were for­mer act­ing gov­er­nor David Akers-Jones and en­ter­tain­ment ty­coon Al­lan Ze­man.

Out­lin­ing her elec­tion plat­form, Ip vowed to ra­tio­nal­ize Hong Kong and main­land re­la­tions and make the most of the unique ad­van­tage of “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems”. She also vowed to im­prove ex­ec­u­tive-leg­isla­tive re­la­tions and to en­gage the op­po­si­tion in pub­lic gov­er­nance, and also to grasp pub­lic opin­ions more quickly and ef­fec­tively.

She di­vided her pol­icy plat­form into nine ma­jor ar­eas, in­clud­ing hous­ing and lands, nar­row­ing the wealth gap, re­mov­ing the off­set­ting mech­a­nism un­der the Manda­tory Prov­i­dent Fund (MPF) scheme, re­tire­ment pro­tec­tion and re­open­ing elec­toral re­form.

Like most Hong Kong res­i­dents, I hope the city could get back on the right track.” Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, law­maker and New Peo­ple’s Party chair­woman

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee an­nounces her de­ci­sion to join the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive race and re­veals her cam­paign plat­form at Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter on Thursday.

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