Hong Kong Politics & Protest

‘To run or not to run, that is the question’ says Finance Sec. John Tsang

“To run or not to run, that is the question,” Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said on Saturday as he was addressing the audience at the premiere of a Shakespeare production.

Tsang’s take on the quote from Hamlet was met with a roar of laughter and a round of applause from the audience.

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Stephen Chan (left) and John Tsang (right). Photo: Stephen Chan via Facebook.

The lead actor of the play and Chief Advisor of Commercial Radio Stephen Chan Chi-wan invited Tsang backstage afterwards for an interview to press him further on whether he was going to run or not, only to be met with the same answer: “That is the question.”

Last Wednesday, Tsang reportedly wrote to the central government stating that he will soon resign and run for Chief Executive. His office said it will not comment on the speculation. When asked again about his candidacy the following day, he said the decision to run was “the will of the heavens.”

‘What are you waiting for?’

Former judge Woo Kwok-hing, who announced his candidacy for the Chief Executive elections last Thursday, said during a commercial radio program on Sunday that “there is really no need to wait, what are they [other potential candidates] waiting for?”

“I am and I will be, there is no question,” Woo said in response to Tsang. “If they were so eager to run, why are they not announcing their candidacies?”

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Woo Kwok-hing. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

In response to an earlier comment he made about dropping out of the race should there be candidates other than the sitting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, he said that he joined the race to win. Those who fear that he might split the votes among voters were illogical, he said, because the Chief Executive elections use a two-round voting system.

'To run or not to run, that is the question' says Finance Sec. John Tsang