The “most basic bottom line” for pro-establishment parties is to “support the government,” according to lawmaker Regina Ip of the pro-establishment New People’s Party.

Speaking on the TVB programme “On the Record,” she also said in response to another question that although the “pro-establishment’s name means supporting the government,” every party has a different style. While the Liberal Party is more daring, vocal, and independent, “the New People’s Party is not as free as the Liberal Party,” she said.

Regina Ip. Photo: TVB Screenshot.

The government ‘needs to do better’

“It is not without reason that the pro-establishment is being scolded as the ‘loyalists’; we are supporting the government,” she said, “the bottom line is supporting the government, such as not using special powers to investigate the Chief Executive, or using special powers to see the documents of the Executive Council.”

She was responding to the question of why the pro-establishment group has not managed to get over half of the total votes in the Legislative Council election 20 years after the handover took place in 1997.

“If you want the pro-establishment, the loyalists, to be more popular, then the government needs to do better…” she said, “you cannot rely on the Legislative Council president to maintain order to support the government – the government needs to improve its way of doing things to get trust.”

Regina Ip’s vehicle. Photo: Ming Pao screenshot.

Speaking about her visit to the China Liaison Office, she said that she confirmed her visit only recently because she was afraid that people would interpret it as an act of giving thanks to the office for the election when her car was spotted outside the building last Sunday.

She voluntarily confirmed her trip to the office on Friday afternoon to Ming Pao. However, she repeated that what was discussed at the office was confidential.

Chantal Yuen

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.