The Civic Party has invited Financial Secretary John Tsang to its 1oth anniversary event, but have snubbed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

The pro-democracy party’s chair Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said on a radio programme on Wednesday that Tsang was invited as he represents some values of a “true Hong Kong person”.

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Audrey Eu Yuet-mee. File photo: HKFP.

Eu used the Hong Kong versus China World Cup qualifier match last November as an example, saying that Tsang watched the match on his tablet during a duty trip to Romania.

Leung said before the match that he could not watch it as he was at an APEC meeting in the Philippines.

“The Civic Party wants to stress local values… we stand with the Hong Kong people and those who support Hong Kong people,” she said.

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John Tsang posted a photo of him watching the Hong Kong-China football match on Facebook. Photo: John Tsang, via Facebook.

Tsang has yet to accept the invitation for the event in late March, which aims to raise funds for the party. Eu said that Tsang would be a suitable guest for the fund raising.

Eu added that she does not know whether Tsang will come, as there may be orders from the government banning him from attending.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. File


On Monday, Leung Chun-ying told local media that he wished to be invited to the anniversary event of the Democratic Party this month.

“If the Democratic Party invites me, I would be glad to attend,” he said. “In fact, when I heard about the date and time, I arranged time for that on my schedule.”

“But the prerequisite for me to attend is, of course, that the Democratic Party invites me,” Leung added.

In response, Democratic Party chairman Emily Lau Wai-hing said her party would not invite Leung, as it has been demanding him to step down.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.