Pro-Beijing Liberal Party election candidate Ken Chow Wing-kan has criticised Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after he asked him to explain his surprise exit from the race.

Chow, posting on Facebook on Thursday with a photo of himself in the UK, said he felt it was “laughable” when Leung asked him to explain the incident clearly. “The situation I am in right now – it is impossible that he does not understand,” he wrote.

“Since he took office, the harmony between rural and urban areas in the New Territories in the past has gone; The values of fairness and justice, the principles that Hong Kong people treasure, have been replaced by special privileges; The business sector was about ability in the past – but now it is about relationships,” he said.

Ken Chow on Bedale St in London, near London Bridge. Photo: Facebook.

“Problems accumulated in society cannot be solved by adding more ‘fans of Leung Chun-ying’ to the establishment, it would only create more powerful interest groups and incite more infighting.”

He urged Hong Kong people to stick to their principles and defend the clean and fair system, and to vote on September 4. “Understand that you have a right to stand up straight and live in dignity,” he said.

“The importance of your vote is to maintain an election system in which you can truly have a choice in the future,” he added. “Hong Kong people cannot lose.”

Last Thursday, he announced his sudden exit from the race citing potential threats to those close to him.

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: GovHK.

In an interview with Next Magazine last Friday before he went to the UK, he said the pressure came from a powerful force “far stronger” than the China Liaison Office, or local triads, and that it was not from Hong Kong.

The magazine also quoted Chow as saying that the political scene in Hong Kong was “very horrifying” and the Sunday election “could be the last time that people can make a choice.”

He said he would only return to Hong Kong to give answers after the election.

Chow’s case is being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The 2016 Legislative Council election is scheduled to be held on September 4. The full list of candidates running across districts and constituencies can be viewed here.

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.