Chief Executive hopeful John Lee Ka-chiu (center) meets the media after announcing his election platform at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on April 29, 2022. (CALVIN NG/CHINA DAILY)
Political scientist Lau Siu-kai on Friday lauded the election manifesto of chief executive candidate John Lee Ka-chiu, saying Lee has responded to the common concerns of the central government and Hong Kong society.
John Lee Ka-chiu announced his manifesto earlier that day, vowing to enhance governance, boost the city’s supply of land and housing, bolster competitiveness, and build a caring society that helps young people move up the social ladder
Lee announced his manifesto earlier that day, vowing to enhance governance, boost the city’s supply of land and housing, bolster competitiveness, and build a caring society that helps young people move up the social ladder. The former chief secretary also unveiled bold plans to alleviate poverty and help residents in line for public housing.
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Lau said the central government and Hong Kong society have reached a consensus on pressing issues that the city needs to deal with, including land and housing, education, youth development, enhanced collaboration with the mainland, and boosting the city’s competitiveness.
Lau, the vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, praised Lee for adopting major policies of the current administration, such as the Lantau Tomorrow and Northern Metropolis, two major development plans to boost the land and housing supply and create room for economic development. This will give the government’s policies continuity, Lau said.
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The political pundit also lauded Lee’s efforts to emphasize enhancing governance and the government’s ability to execute decisions.
One of the highlights of Lee’s election manifesto — improving governance and the administration’s cooperation and policy execution — is a key for Lee to push forward his policies and pledges, Lau said.