Saturday, April 23, 2011
Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBS JP (traditional Chinese: 曾鈺成; born 1947, Guangzhou, China) was the founding Chairman (1992–2003) of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), the largest pro-Beijing political party in Hong Kong.
Since 1997 he has been at the forefront of the pro-Beijing party's move to a 'grass roots' focus. In October 2008, he was appointed President of Legislative Council.
Tsang was the founder of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong in 1992. His party supports the Government in the majority of public policies. Most notably, the DAB was largely supportive of the Government's controversial proposed legislation to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law.
This drew heavy criticism from the pro-democracy camp and was the major target of the 1 July 2003 protest march by 500,000 Hong Kongers. After the mass protest, Tsang opined that many of those who took to the streets had been misled. The comment caused widespread anger among the public, and although Tsang publicly apologised a few days later, his image and his party's popularity were severely affected.
Tsang shouldered the responsibility for the poor performance of his party in the 2003 District Council election, and resigned from the party's chairmanship in December 2003, to be succeeded by Ma Lik. Jasper Tsang made the following statement:
“ "Since the foundation of the DAB, I have been asked whether I am a Communist Party member many times. And I can say frankly, I have never answered this question. The reason is, Hong Kong people's attitude to the concept of the Communist Party is very negative.."