Newly elected lawmaker Junius Ho has thanked the China Liaison Office, among others, in an interview with i-Cable as election results were coming out.

After Ho expressed his gratitude to his supporters, the reporter asked: “including the China Liaison Office?” Ho, who was at the central counting station at the AsiaWorld-Expo, said “Of course, I will thank many people. In my own area of work, many people gave me a lot of support.”

The China Liaison Office is an organ of the Beijing government in Hong Kong. It is perceived by pan-democrats to be interfering with Hong Kong affairs and elections.

Ho said he had many good friendships at the China Liaison Office. “The China Liaison office is not the only one that helped me and it is not about how they came out to [support me]. Rather, it is a liaison office and there are some very good friends, in my many years working in law… ” he added.

Ho is a rural leader and a solicitor who ran in New Territories West. He was involved in the controversial dropping out of fellow election candidate Ken Chow Wing-kan of the Liberal Party, who revealed a recording of one of Ho’s volunteers referencing a plan to “pressure” Chow during a televised election forum.

Meanwhile, Regina Ip of the New People’s Party said that she was unsure if the Liaison Office supports her party, reported Varsity.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.