NPC: 70 to vie for delegation membership

Updated: 2012-11-23 06:49

(HK Edition)

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 NPC: 70 to vie for delegation membership

From left: Peng Qinghua, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; Li Jianguo, vice-chairman and secretary-general of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress; and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attend a conference on Thursday in Hong Kong for the election of local delegates of the 12th National People's Congress. The election will be held on December 19. Edmond Tang / China Daily

Rita Fan, a standing committee member of the 11th NPC and who won the most support for the last election of NPC Hong Kong delegation, said she would not fancy being the "voting queen" again and was looking no further ahead than to acquire nomination as a standing committee member. Recently, Fan ran into controversy by criticizing the Leung Chun-ying administration, but she could not evaluate the negative effect of that criticism on her campaign.

"I am a person who always speaks my mind," she said. "If you think what I said is right then it will be all right. But if people disagree with what I said and choose not to vote for me, I respect their rights."

Referring to social conflicts mentioned by Li Jianguo, incumbent NPC deputy and Executive Councillor Cheng Yiu-tong said the conflicts arose from different sources, including employer-employee conflicts and partisan political conflicts. Li's remarks reflected his deep understanding of the Hong Kong situation, Cheng observed, adding that the SAR government should launch measures to improve the community's standard of living as soon as possible.

Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it is natural that there are various conflicts in Hong Kong. He added, however, it is most important that Hong Kong stay united to minimize the conflicts and make progress.

(HK Edition 11/23/2012 page1)