Thursday, 6 November 2014

Jockeying for Position

Regina Ip seems keen to do whatever it takes to garner political attention...
After Hong Kong police unleashed tear gas on mostly student protesters in Admiralty on September 28, pro-Beijing New People's Party's chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said the police were right to do this on people armed with only masks and umbrellas, which sparked more anger towards the former security chief-turned-politician.

Throughout the Umbrella Movement she has tried to act as Beijing's messenger, sending words of warning to the students that they must accept the electoral reforms as set down by Beijing on August 31, and that civic nomination is impossible.

Last week when Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun was ousted from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Ip took the opportunity to castigate Tien for suggesting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should step down to try to break the impasse between the protesters and the government.

This cartoon of Ip with a broom relates to her previous career...
"Mr Tien's remarks heightened the uncertainty and instability of the situation," she said.

She sounds like the class monitor...

Her latest idea is to give the students seats on the nominating committee for the next chief executive in 2017 -- but that would mean seriously reducing the 60 votes currently allotted to the agricultural and fisheries sector.

"Our party is strongly of a view that we should give votes to young people and women since they are under-represented on the existing Election Committee," Ip said after meeting Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor and other officials.

If one didn't know much about Hong Kong politics, one would appreciate her for thinking of these two groups. However, she gained more enemies with the statement, as students didn't think this would help the currently stagnant system, and the agricultural and fisheries representatives were hardly amused by her idea of losing votes.

It's very similar to Leung saying earlier in an interview with foreign media that he needed to court stakeholders like athletes to get votes...

One wonders what senior mainland officials think of her... do they give her special instructions to inflame people? Or are they going ballistic in private?

And if she's not supporting the Umbrella Movement, can she please refrain from wearing yellow? Or is this another tactic to get more media coverage?

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