Monday, 5 September 2016

The New Face of Legco

Nathan Law of Demosisto is Hong Kong's youngest lawmaker
Hong Kong's Legislative Council has some new faces in it, and they won't be ones Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will be interested in. He's probably relieved that the pro-Beijing camp still has the majority of seats, but it's not going to be an easy ride.

While the pro-democracy camp has enough seats to have veto power, eight of them are localists or even radicals. Two of them are from Youngspiration.

The youngest lawmaker voted into office is 23-year-old Nathan Law Kwun-chung of Demosisto, who was shocked to garner enough votes for a seat. Part of it is strategic campaigning, when candidates like Paul Zimmerman stepped down from the race and advised his supporters to vote for Law.

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick got over 84,000 votes
Most interesting is Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, an independent who got a staggering 84,000 votes in New Territories West.

And in Kowloon West, all six seats will be occupied by women! How refreshing!

People are keen for change. They are tired of the pan-democrats agitating and filibustering and not getting very far. They want real action which is why they voted in fresh (and young) blood.

This is going to make Legco more fractured than ever, and so while the government will hope the political rookies will learn how things really work in Hong Kong, the Leung administration will also have to listen to them because they will be representing the people who want their voices heard.

They are tired of the government pleasing Beijing -- they want the authorities to work for them, the residents of the city.

Youngspiration's Yau Wai-ching is 25 years old
On a taxi ride home just now, I asked the taxi driver what he thought of the results of the election. The man, probably in his 60s wasn't too happy. He said he just didn't want more trouble in Hong Kong, hinting those young people are going to create more tension.

I wanted to say, we'll see, as in, it may not be that bad, but thought that might stoke the flames of frustration.

But really -- we'll have to see. Hong Kong's political scene just got several notches more interesting. And with more young people who started off protesting in the streets now having real power to make things into law within the span of two years, it's pretty impressive.

And for people to have faith in them too. So maybe there is hope in the city after all.



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