The pro-establishment Liberal Party may consider enforcing disciplinary action against Ken Chow Wing-kan for halting his Legislative Council election campaign.

Chow dropped out of the race on August 25, saying that people around him had received threats. He hinted that he may have been under pressure to make way for fellow pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu to win the race.

This week, Chow revealed that “three people from Beijing” from “a secret department” had threatened him. Ho went on to win a seat.

Felix Chung.
Felix Chung.

Speaking to RTHK, Felix Chung Kwok-pan said that the party would invite Chow to speak with the disciplinary committee to hear and investigate his case before deciding on whether disciplinary action would be taken.

“Of course, we understand that he is under threat, but the point is he is representing the Liberal Party to run the campaign, he should [be] responsible to us too,” he said. “If he had told us earlier before he made the decision, certainly we would support him. But now, the thing is, he just left without any notice, this is something that might not be acceptable.”

Ken Chow Wing-kan
Ken Chow Wing-kan. Photo: Next Magazine screenshot.

When asked whether Chow may be asked to repay the money used in the campaign, Chung said “that really depends on his financial situation. We don’t want to push him too much because he is already under huge pressure right now.” He said that about HK$1.5 million was spent on Chow’s campaign, and that it would be up to the party to decide on whether repayment was necessary.

Chung said that the party is to speak with Ken Chow next week.

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Voters at the polling station. Photo: StandNews.

Chow ran for the New Territories West constituency. The Liberal Party did not win any seats in the geographical constituencies of the Legislative Council, but won four seats in the functional constituencies.

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.