Starry Lee says she won’t run in upcoming District Councils election
Representatives from political parties and different social sectors have formed an alliance in support of the government reform proposal on the District Councils as convener and pro-Beijing heavyweight Starry Lee Wai-king announced Friday she won’t be running in the coming election.
When campaigning in Causeway Bay this morning, Lee, the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said the goal of forming the alliance is to show how supportive social sectors are towards the government’s reform proposal and to voice their demands of perfecting district administrations.
Lee, also a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, noted that certain district councilors are now using the councils as a political platform and to intervene in the government’s policy administrations.
She added that the reform comes in time and is necessary, saying that some councilors even colluded with foreign forces and advocated Hong Kong independence.
“The previous district councils might not be able to solve district issues, like environmental hygiene … What we need is a team of councilors that come from different backgrounds and have the ability to excel in district administrations,” Lee said.
“I have run in the District Council election for more than 20 years, but I don’t plan on running in the coming election for the new term of District Councils,” Lee also said, adding that some of her party members wish to participate in the district affairs under the reformed system.
Lee continued that after the reform, the District Councils will prioritize citizens’ well-being and interests, and councilors can still voice different opinions on issues in a way that won’t bring down government administration.
Principal government officials, including Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau, Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung, and Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak Mei-kuen, also came to the campaign booth to show their support.
Meanwhile, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, chairwoman of the New People’s Party and convener of the Executive Council said her party will actively participate in the District Councils election.