Myolie Wu’s (胡杏兒) prominent support of her brother-in-law, Vincent Cheng (鄭泳舜) for local district elections under a pro-mainland China party, has come under fire.
The day before, Myolie Wu appeared in Sham Shui Po with her sister and brother-in-law, hoping to draw greater voter support. Myolie posted the family photo on her Weibo blog, writing, “Today, I came to Sham Shui Po to support my brother-in-law!” Although the message was quickly deleted, it was virally spread amongst other online forums.
Myolie’s brother-in-law, Vincent Cheng, is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB). As the largest pro-mainland China political party in Hong Kong, the DAB adopts a more passive stance on democratic reform and believes that stability and economic prosperity will eventually be achieved in Hong Kong by furthering cooperation with mainland China.
Myolie’s subsequent support of her brother-in-law, a DAB member, comes at a time when sentiments towards mainland China were tense. Last Friday, on September 7, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents gathered to protest a new educational subject, Moral and National Education, to be implemented in elementary schools this year, in advance of the mandatory timeline of 2015.
Myolie Wu: “I Do Not Know Politics”
Myolie’s indirect support of the DAB has sparked outrage amongst netizens who were against the political party’s pro-mainland China stance. Netizens vowed to not support her in the TVB Best Actress race should the live voting system be implemented this year.
Regarding the public backlash, Myolie replied, “I do not know politics; I am only supporting my family. My brother-in-law is trying very hard!” Admitting that she is not politically sensitive, Myolie explained that appearing in Sham Shui Po with her brother-in-law was a last measure to draw voter support.
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