Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Woo Unveils Platform

Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing unveiled his platform today running for CE
Just when we thought Hong Kong chief executive contender former judge Woo Kwok-hing was fading into the background, he came back today releasing his platform way ahead of everyone else.

He said the platform tackled issues that incumbent Leung Chun-ying failed or refused to deliver. Woo has also secured the support of Andy Ho On-tat, who was the top aide to former CE Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

Woo promoted his 47-page booklet outlining a number of policy proposals he said were the culmination of him talking to a wide range of people in the past six weeks.

One proposal would be to regulate Uber in Hong Kong...
"Those who have shared their ideas with me may find I have borrowed some of their insights for my policy blueprint," he said.

His top priority is political reform, vowing to broaden the electoral roll of the Election Committee that will select the city's leader in March from 250,000 to one million voters.

Another is to abolish the TSA or Territory-wide System Assessment for Primary Three pupils that has been criticized for putting extra pressure on students in the form of exam drilling.

Woo also wants to develop brownfield sites -- degraded farmland in the New Territories that are currently occupied by recycling workshops and other operators -- for housing.

He would also regulate Uber despite taxi drivers' protests, and AirBnB accommodation services for tourists.

As the first out of the gate in October announcing his candidacy for CE, Woo doesn't think much of his pro-establishment would-be rivals.

Another would be to scrap the TSA exams for primary three
"Those aspirants who have been waiting, the pan-democrats know full well what they are waiting for. What they wait for runs against pan-democrats' principles. They should not support those candidates," he said.

While former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah tendered his resignation on Monday, there is speculation Beijing may take a while to confirm him as a candidate, with one Chinese academic claiming Tsang may not be politically correct enough.

However, we shall see. It took two days to confirm Henry Tang Ying-yen but eight for Donald Tsang.

In any case, Woo's platform is pretty much what many people in Hong Kong would like to see. But does he have Beijing's blessing?

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