Some campaign points put toward by Chief Executive race contender Regina Ip have been found being outdated or or factually questionable.
Ip proposed that Hong Kong should host the 2021 National Games of China. The competition, held every four years, has been hosted by Beijing, Shanghai and cities in Guangdong province. However, after Ip’s election platform was made public, it was found that the 2021 games have been already been awarded to Shaanxi Province. The deadline for the application was October last year.
Ip removed the point from the campaign website on Friday, saying on a Commercial Radio show that her team made an error in checking the date.
“We can change it to 2025, we can still fight for it,” Ip said. “The Kai Tak Sports Park is underway, we should have some mega events.”
Ip also mentioned that on the website that the next education chief “must be a capable and abled person, dedicating himself/herself into bringing Hong Kong’s educational system back on track.”
On Thursday, the Legislative Council debated a motion criticising incumbent Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. In the motion, education sector lawmaker said Ng “has performed very poorly, neglected his duties, kept paying overseas visits and failed to actively handle issues of greatest concern to the education sector and people in the community.”
Ip said during her campaign rally that the motion would be debated next week.
But before Ip’s rally kicked off on Thursday afternoon, an amended version of the motion was already debated and passed by the Council. The LegCo will not have a general meeting next week as holidays will have begun.
On public finance, Ip said in her platform that “the development of the local bond market is said to be inhibited by the lack of government debt, due to the avoidance of deficit.”
However, the government has previously sold a series of iBonds, a retail inflation-indexed bond.
The government in 2004 issued the “Toll Revenue Bond,” with a value totalling HK$6 billion. It established the Hong Kong Link 2004 Limited and the bonds have since expired.
The net toll revenue generated by five tunnels and one bridge – the Aberdeen Tunnel, Cross Harbour Tunnel, Lion Rock Tunnel, Shing Mun Tunnels, Tseung Kwan O Tunnel and Lantau Link – are to be used for repayment of the principal and payment of interest on the Bonds purchased by Hong Kong Link.