The Legislative Council election was held in December. The seats of the "Super District Council" were abolished under the new system. The Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, Li Huiqiong, returned to his old nest to run for the election and played in the new constituency of Kowloon.
In an interview with "Hong Kong 01", she said that the new election system is based on the overall interests of Hong Kong and believes that the future parliament will help the government absorb different opinions from the society. As for whether the system can be relaxed in the future, the key lies in mutual trust with the central government. Is the line getting wider and wider, and the line getting narrower? In fact, it really requires everyone to work hard."
One of the main topics of Li Huiqiong's election this time is to oppose the two power companies' tariff increase. She pointed out that although the trend of environmental protection is unstoppable, she questioned whether the use of emerging energy sources should cause all the cost increases to be passed on to the public. She believes that the government should consider the social responsibility of the two power companies in the economic downturn. .
Interview Series for Candidates of the Kowloon Central Constituency of the Legislative Council
Li Huiqiong believes that the participation of people from different sectors in the parliament is like "a hundred schools of thought contend", which will help the government absorb the voices of all sectors of society.
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The new electoral system has been added to the electoral committee sector, occupying 40 seats. Li Huiqiong, who has been a member of three terms, described the composition of candidates to meet the development needs of the new era. For example, there are more leaders and elites from different sectors to participate, and there are also business circles. , Labor, religion, and young people participate in parliament, representing a wide range of representations.
She believes that people from different sectors entering the parliament, like "a hundred schools of thought contend", will help the government absorb the voices of all sectors of society.
Although there are more participations of different classes, most of the candidates are inclined to the establishment, and only a few non-establishment parties are competing. Does this composition reflect the overall Hong Kong society?
Li Huiqiong only said that the first Legislative Council election system under the "patriots ruling Hong Kong" has been finalized. The Hong Kong government also claims that as long as they are loyal to the SAR and uphold the Basic Law, they can stand for election. Therefore, whether to stand for election is considered by individual camps.
Regarding whether the election system can be relaxed in the future, Li Huiqiong pointed out that the Basic Law will ultimately achieve the goal of universal suffrage for the Legislative Council. There is no change in the new election system this time. There are background reasons for the new election system. In addition to the central leadership, the "One Country, Two Systems" also requires the people of Hong Kong. The key to traveling is the mutual trust between the central government and Hong Kong.
She explained that if the election system relieves the central government’s misgivings, no one will endanger national security through the electoral system. She believes that the space and breadth will be greater in the future. "One country, two systems" is a new thing and a living process. It’s halfway through the blink of an eye. As for whether the space of "One Country, Two Systems" is getting wider and wider, is it going to be narrower? In fact, it really requires everyone to work hard."
Li Huiqiong emphasized that the DAB will go all out for all seats.
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The DAB sends direct elections in the 10 districts to urge the public to let go of "the past"
The DAB currently has 13 seats in the Legislative Council. This time it has sent 22 people to fight in different sectors, including many newcomers. Li Huiqiong said that it shows that the party has always hoped to train more political talents into the Legislative Council and even the governance structure.
She pointed out that the DAB sent all 10 seats in direct elections this time and hoped that the districts will succeed in qualifying. In terms of functional constituencies, there are also personnel from the accounting, medical, and social welfare sectors to satisfy the needs of the DAB. The goal of the class; and the newly-added electoral committee sector has senior members and young people in the party running for the election.
Looking forward to the future, Li Huiqiong believes that the challenges are still great. She hopes that Hong Kong, as the most open city in the country, will think about how to ensure national interests. ."
In 2019, the legislative amendment incident broke out in a political storm. Many former pan-democrats are being returned due to the primary elections. Li Huiqiong, the chairman of the Legislative Council, recalled the situation of the parliament in the past few years, and said frankly: "For everything that happened in Hong Kong in the past. People who have to go to prison or even leave Hong Kong will feel unhappy and helpless as a person who loves Hong Kong. However, we must maintain the bottom line of the rule of law and will continue to support the Hong Kong government and law enforcement agencies to enforce the law according to the law. Because of personal feelings, knowing those people, or some young people from prestigious schools because of impulse...In any case, if you really break the law, you must act according to the law. I hope that he will understand and rejoin the big family in Hong Kong as soon as possible. "
Questioning the "earnings" of fare increases between the two power companies
Li Huiqiong's election this time, one of the main platforms is to oppose the CLP and the HEC to raise prices again next year.
She pointed out that under the goal of national carbon neutrality, power companies will continue to expand their capital and also have to meet renewable energy requirements. It is expected that the increase in electricity bills will be even greater in the future, worrying that the public will be unbearable.
Li Huiqiong said that he recently wrote to Huang Jinxing, Director of the Environment Bureau, mentioning that in addition to the increase in electricity charges in the future, NWFB and Citybus will increase their fares next year.
She pointed out that one out of every four people in Hong Kong is poor, and many housing estates in Kowloon are facing poverty. It is necessary to urge the government to check the rate of increase so that the public can feel the concern of the council and the government.
It has been pointed out that the increase in electricity tariffs is due to the increase in the use of natural gas, which is more expensive in fuel costs, by power companies in response to environmental protection.
Li Huiqiong said that he agrees that the country has achieved the environmental protection goal of "carbon neutrality." Under the "Scheme of Control Agreement", the two power companies allowed a return rate of 8%, questioning whether the two power companies "earned out" the return rate, and passed all other rising costs on to consumers.
She pointed out that CLP will have a profit of 12.5 billion yuan in 2020, while the HEC will have a profit of 2.7 billion yuan. "Is it true that Mic has no ability to afford even a cost increase?" Li Huiqiong emphasized, the two power companies In addition to being a commercial organization, it is also a public enterprise. It has a certain degree of social responsibility. The government should increase the transparency of the agreement with the two power companies, and in the economic downturn, consider whether the two power companies can bear part of the cost while making reasonable profits.
Other Kowloon Central candidates include Tan Xiangwen and Yang Yongjie.
For the list of candidates from all sectors in the Legislative Council election, please click here to refer to the "Hong Kong 01" election website.
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