Regina Ip joins Chief Executive race
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
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.