Hong Kong Politics & Protest

HKTV chief Ricky Wong considering LegCo run under ‘Anyone But CY’ banner

Telecom and media entrepreneur Ricky Wong Wai-kay is considering a run for the Legislative Council in order to highlight his stance that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying “must go”.

His potential run was first reported by Commercial Radio host Stephen Chan Chi-wan on his Wednesday morning show, but Wong clarified in the afternoon that he was still listening to advice from friends as to whether to stand. He said he would make a final decision before the end of June.

“Hong Kong has been falling in the past four years, my friends from all walks of lives told me they were unhappy,” he said. “I think the source is our Chief Executive.”

Ricky Wong.

Ricky Wong. Photo: Apple Daily.

He said that, if he runs, the main objective would be uniting people in Hong Kong to inform the public that “Hong Kong deserves a more honest Chief Executive”.

“We don’t want a special person… but we want to stand by our core values, and not have someone we have to tell lies for,” he said.

“It was obvious with the bag-gate event… why should an international airline tell lies for him? That was unnecessary.”

He said he believed if there was a change in Chief Executive, the conflicts between Hong Kong and China could be resolved.

“If we have a Chief Executive that handles things with a softer touch, the last political reform process would not have been so difficult,” he said.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. File Photo: Apple Daily.

Crossroads

He said that he was not a localist, nor a member of the pro-democracy or pro-government camp. He added that he disagreed with Hong Kong independence, though he supported the idea of self-determination.

The government denied a free-to-air licence for his television channel HKTV in 2013, and the Executive Council is currently considering another licence application from the company. But he said the potential run was not related to the company.

“Hong Kong is at a crossroads… nothing is more important than Hong Kong’s future,” he said.

“I am 54 years old, I need to be responsible for my life, and for the next generation.”

Hong Kong Island is a constituency he would consider.

“I live on Hong Kong Island… [as] there are more middle class people on Hong Kong Island, I may get elected easier,” he said.

A drama produced by HKTV called "Election".

A drama produced by HKTV called “Election”. Photo: HKTV.

Preparations

Wong was a member of the Liberal Party between 1993 and 1996. He said that – as a courtesy – he has notified some people at the party whom he respected, but he has not coordinated with any other parties.

He also said that he would not give up working at HKTV, even if he was elected.

Earlier on Wednesday, he told Ming Pao that he has applied to give up his Canadian nationality for the potential run.

Wong was a member of Zhejiang province’s political consultative body, but has said that he has no other ties with Beijing.

In an interview with the Chinese-language magazine iMoney in January, Wong said he had believed that he would have “more than a 50 percent” chance of winning if he runs for LegCo. But he said he dropped the idea as he said there was “no point” in being a lawmaker as the current system could not be changed.

HKTV chief Ricky Wong considering LegCo run under 'Anyone But CY' banner