Wednesday, 11 May 2016

HKTV Boss to Run in Legco Election

Ricky Wong wants to prevent CY Leung from having another five-year term
HKTV boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay continues to make headlines. This time he wants to run for a seat in the Legislative Council so that he can do his bit to oust Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying out of office.

While he plans to run for a seat in either New Territories East or Hong Kong Island (most probably the latter), Wong is most keen on promoting one of his key agendas of getting rid of Leung.

He explained if Leung continued governing Hong Kong for another five years, there would be even deeper divisions between the government and the people.

Leung and his administration have been a thorn in Wong's side
"Hong Kong is sinking, and our city is at a crossroads," he said. "We must sound out our views to Beijing," Wong said.

"The importance of my business and the prospect of a free-to-air TV license can't compare with the overall interests of Hong Kong society," he said today. "Hong Kong has given me a lot of opportunities, and I strongly feel I need to take up this mission -- preventing Leung from serving another term."

Wong is no political rookie, having been a member of the Liberal Party from 1993-1996. He has also won elections in the information technology subsector in the Election Committee polls in 2006 and 2011. The committee selected the chief executive in 2007 and 2012.

While he supports universal suffrage, he is not for independence, but self-determination.

In 2013, the Executive Council denied issuing the free-to-air license to Wong's HKTV, which was a huge public uproar and not surprising he is still sore about it.

HKTV's "Election" looked at the chief executive elections
He asked for a judicial review and in April last year, the Court of First Instance ruled the government's decision was unlawful, as Exco failed to follow the pro-competition 1998 reform of banning a pre-set number of TV licenses when it rejected HKTV's application. This meant Exco had to reconsider the application.

However, last month, the Court of Final Appeal quashed the Court of First Instance's ruling.

Because Wong didn't get a license, he instead launched an online entertainment shopping venture. You can watch dramas, and shop for groceries and other items online.

We'll see if Wong makes good on his announcement to run for a seat in Legco in September. He is not the only person who hopes Leung will not run for another five-year term.

Wong probably realizes -- like the localists have -- that the only way to influence the agenda is to get a Legco seat. Protests and petitions are not enough anymore.

We wish him luck.

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