Dozens of elders held a protest at the Edinburgh Place to warn the government against trying to compensate failed candidates in the district council elections with plum positions in official committees.
Some media reports have said that Chief Executive Carrie Lam had told the pro-Beijing candidates who were trashed in the November polls that she will try to accommodate them in government advisory committees though they were no longer councillors. Lam and her administration had denied there were any such moves.
Grace, a 60-year-old who was among the protesters, said she was not convinced about Lam's denial as her words were ambiguous.
The elderly protester said those who get such government posts may be earning tens of thousands of dollars despite people rejecting their candidacy.
"[They] could be like [Home Affairs secretary] Lau kong-wah. We all know that he lost his seat in the Legco elections and then he got rewarded," said Grace.
Wong, a university student, said he joined the rally to show his support for the elderly, while they are standing by youngsters.
He said it is reasonable to suspect what he called "deals" between the government and pro-establishment parties.
The spokesperson of the organisers said they will boycott any charities or public organisations if they hire the losing candidates, because the appointment will mean denial of the public opinion and render elections meaningless where people vote pro-government candidates out.
Elder group warns against rewarding lost candidates
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