Former chief secretary John Lee Ka-chiu submits his application for the upcoming Chief Executive election at the office of Electoral Affairs Commission in Central, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on April 13, 2022. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)
Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee Ka-chiu has collected extensive suggestions from various sectors, as well as the general public, for his political platform which is expected to be announced at the end of April.
In a social media post on Thursday, Lee published a poster, featuring his cartoon portrait and a slogan saying “Brother Chiu is listening to you”, welcoming all of Hong Kong’s residents to voice their expectations for the special administrative region’s future development.
Most of the comments on the post focus on resuming normal travel with the Chinese mainland, curbing housing prices, and providing more safeguards for elderly residents.
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Other advice includes building more hospitals, improving city planning, and boosting youth development and the arts and culture industry.
In a social media, CE hopeful John Lee published a poster, featuring his cartoon portrait and a slogan saying “Brother Chiu is listening to you”, welcoming all of Hong Kong’s residents to voice their expectations for HK's future development
On Friday, Lee held an online communication meeting with various lawmakers. The former chief secretary stressed the significance of positive interaction between the executive and legislative organs.
Lee vowed to actively communicate with lawmakers when formulating policies, and be sincere, respectful, and resultsoriented in the process.
A day earlier, he held an online talk with over 80 Election Committee members from the five hardest-hit sectors amid the COVID-19 pandemic — the catering, hotel, tourism, retail, and aviation industries.
Industry leaders have pinned high hopes on the release of a timetable to resume cross-border travel with the Chinese mainland, importing more labor to ease the city’s manpower shortage, reinforcing support for the affected industries, and accelerating the pace of integration into the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Lee said he will seriously consider the suggestions and will also strive to enhance the city’s long-term competitiveness. Noting that it’s hard for the future administration to solve all the problems on its own, he called for a collective effort from society to jointly tackle the challenges ahead.
Social groups also voiced their opinions. Path of Democracy, a think tank led by Executive Council member Ronny Tong Ka-wah, on Friday proposed reforming the current policy advisory system to encourage more effective discussions. It is expected to establish a broadbased committee to assist the government in dealing with issues related to the “one country, two systems” principle.
On the same day, Lee and his election team were briefed about guidelines and arrangements for the chief executive election slated for May 8, such as requirements concerning electioneering and arrangements for the polling and counting of votes.
Justice Barnabas Fung Wah, chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission, said the commission attaches great importance to voting secrecy and that it will strive to ensure an open, fair, honest and clean election.
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