Telecom and media entrepreneur Ricky Wong Wai-kay will run for the Legislative Council in order to form a camp to secure half of the seats to oust Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

He said he understood that some people chose more radical actions after years of failed protests, but his way would be to run for a seat.

“If we can get 35 seats out of the 70 seats at the LegCo, I think the team of Leung, including his principal officials, would not even dare to be officials anymore,” he said. “They would not be able to pass the annual budget, [in addition to facing] filibusters.”

Ricky Wong. Photo: Ricky Wong

He said if successful, the central government in Beijing would notice the change, and the change in Chief Executive is merely the first step.

“So that we can restart the political reform process, to have an one-person-one-vote election,” he added.

He said that the 35 anti-Leung camp legislators he hoped for could be from the pan-democratic camp or the pro-Beijing camp, so long as they distinguished themselves from the pro-Leung camp.

“If we have the same goal of stopping Leung Chun-ying getting a second term, we should work with each other,” he said.

Leung Chun-ying. File Photo: GovHK.

Wong said he has yet to have a choice for the next Chief Executive, if Leung were ousted. His choice would depend on the potential candidates’ platforms, he said.

Wong will run in the Hong Kong Island constituency, saying, “I have lived there for many years.”

To run for a seat, Wong has given up his Canadian citizenship, due to legal requirements.

He was asked on Facebook whether his run was related to the government’s decision not to grant a free-to-air licence for his television channel HKTV in 2013. “That incident was not enough to make me give up my Canadian citizenship, it was not worth it [by then] to run for LegCo myself,” he said.

He also said that he will not give up his work at HKTV. “It is a listed company, it is my baby, there are many colleagues… I cannot give it up. But I will manage my time if I am elected,” he said.

He was a member of the pro-Beijing Liberal Party but withdrew from it 20 years ago. Wong said that he would not join any political party: “I do not see any political party which has a detailed political ideal.”

File photo: HKFP.

Wong’s views on Leung Chun-ying were shared by most pan-democratic parties, and also former financial services sector lawmaker Chim Pui-chung, who said his sole purpose for running was to monitor the government’s handling of the secret payment of Leung.

Wong joined the July 1 march for the first time in 13 years last Friday. He has written a 100-page platform on 14 aspects, which has been uploaded to his website.

The platform suggested some major changes, such as that Hong Kong should launch electronic voting as a consultative method to collect public opinion on controversial issues.

He said the LegCo election system should be changed to first-past-the-post, rather than a proportional representative system, to get away from extreme politics embraced by minorities who managed to win through the system.

Kris Cheng

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.