Chinese state enterprises in Hong Kong have announced that eight winning candidates in the District Council election on Sunday are employed by them.
China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Limited (CTS), a state enterprise in the tourism sector, wrote on its website that six employees of the group had won seats. There were also two winners from other state enterprises.
The CTS staff association posted the notice on Monday, saying the victories “showed the ‘love the country love Hong Kong’ and society-serving spirit of the CTS staff, gained honour for the group, made substantial contributions to the group’s involvement in Hong Kong’s social affairs.”
None of the six candidates disclosed that they were CTS employees in their official election platforms, either in this election or when some of them ran for election on previous occasions.
The winning candidates who are employed by CTS are:
- Yau Tong East, Kwun Tong: Cheung Ki-tang, DAB Party, assistant manager of customer service, Metropark Hotel Kowloon (uncontested)
- Ping Tin, Kwun Tong: Yiu Pak-leung, pro-Beijing group “Constructive Power”, CTS assistant general manager
- Aldrich Bay, Eastern: Ngan Chun-lam, DAB Party, CTS department assistant general manager
- Hoi Sham, Kowloon City: Pun Kwok-wah, DAB Party, CTS travel documents department senior manager
- Shaukeiwan, Eastern: Lam Sum-lim, DAB Party, CTS senior manager
- Hung Hom, Kowloon City: Lam Tak-shing, DAB Party, CTS manager (first time in election)
Bruce Lui Ping-kuen, a veteran journalist covering China issues and now a senior lecturer in journalism at Baptist University, wrote in an op-ed in Ming Pao on Tuesday that the candidates should have disclosed their affiliations.
“[Having] such prestigious identities, why not let voters know earlier? Supporters may even have put more effort in if they had known that!” he wrote.
Lui added that CTS is a state enterprise, directly managed by the Central Government, monitored by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.