Following Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's announcement of not running for the next term of Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, the Chief Secretary for Administration, told reporters on 10 December that she “would have to re-consider whether to run in the election or not”. However, over one week has passed and there doesn’t seem to be any subsequent actions or decisions.
Former President of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang mocked Lam as her interests shifts in the Chief Executive election in his article in AM730 on 19 December. Tsang even compared Lam to the tigers in circus as she will be forced to “appease the audience”.
In a made-up conversation within his column, Tsang points out that for Lam to run, she would have to “recalibrate her mentality” as she would have offended many during her tenure as the Chief Secretary for Administration, since she previously declared her disinterest in the election. The offended would likely include members of the Election Committee. For Lam to fight for votes in the future, she would no longer have the luxury of being independent of any assistance and return to the “normal world of neediness and requiring much aid”, “similar to the once-proud tiger who is forced to appease the audience with humiliating moves in the circus just to be fed”.
Tsang also mocked the pan-democrats for their naivety as they believed their 300 or so votes could sway the election and become kingmakers themselves. He reckoned such bargaining tactics are merely hollow imaginations by the pan-democrats as the Election Committee is still dominated by the pro-establishment parties. All candidates would certainly understand it is simply unworthy for them to appease the “opposition” over the pro-establishment camps.
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