HKU STUDENT UNION ELECTIONS 2015: An Interview with proposed cabinet “SMARTIES”

February 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

With the Student Union elections happening in less than a day, we talk to “SMARTIES” president, Michael Pang and his team about the elections, their vision, the opposing cabinet and Kenny G.

Starting serious with rumours and what they have to offer, to ending it light with beer and Kenny G., let’s hear what “SMARTIES” has to say.

Q: What do you have planned for the new year ahead?

A: One of our primary goals was and will continue to be increasing the involvement of the international student community in University-related affairs. We genuinely believe that the international student community is under-represented in Union-related matters and we hope to change that.
Having consulted with many societies and associations in the past month, we’ve also arrived at the conclusion that a lack of communication between the Union and society representatives has resulted in the latter facing challenges in carrying out their activities. We aim to change that.

Q: How do you propose to continue or pick up from the Umbrella Movement?

A: We will continue to strive to uphold the democratic values that we believe in. However, making any assumptions or statements about the same in view of the recent umbrella movement would be premature. We are going to be realistic about it and continue to consult with members of the student body and other societies on an appropriate route to undertake for the same.

Q: What do you hope to change in the student community? Is there a specific problem?

A: We’re trying to get the community to be somewhat more integrated. That’s not to say that it isn’t already. But it’s somewhat evident that the student community is somewhat divided in some sense, culturally. We’re here to change that. After all, University is the best place to broaden your horizons — culturally and otherwise. We’re here to facilitate that process.

Q: Why do you think being SU president is the next step for you? What qualities do you possess that makes you think that you are the right fit?

A: I believe that I’m a communicator and a listener. At this point in time, I do believe the Union needs an individual who is able to effectively establish better lines of communication between the various groups of the student community so as to better improve student-related affairs.

Q: What do you think you, personally, offer to HKU?

A: I represent the interests and the goals of my team. My team, I sincerely believe, looks out for the interests of the international community as well as the local community. And I hope we can bring these interests and goals to fruition.

Q: Since you’re running for SU, you have to always show your best side to people. What are you most unhappy/dissatisfied about your cabinet? OR if there is one thing that you could change about your cabinet, what would it be?

A: I wouldn’t change a thing. Whatever decisions we made at the beginning of all of this, we are sticking by. Obviously, along the way we have certainly added a great many goals as well. But no changes.

Q: Tell us about some of your regrets and successes.

A: I’ve had as many regrets as I’ve had successes. But I suppose that’s everyone story, isn’t it? Our team embodies all the regrets and successes that eventually shape us in inconceivable ways.

Q: Is there sometime you admire about the other team or perhaps something that you wish your team had?

A: Being relatively new to the game, I do have to say that the other team is well-prepared to tackle a lot of the issues that we aim to tackle as well. They’ve got the fortitude that a Student Union team needs and I do wish them the best. But I’m quite content with the ideals my team possesses.

Q: There have been rumours and accusations going around ever since the inception of the election. Would you like to clarify/respond to some of the things that have been said to/about your cabinet and members?

A: To acknowledge these claims and allegations would be to validate them and I don’t intend on doing any such thing. I’m pretty sure the student community is well aware of our beliefs and is more than capable of discerning the truth from all the conspiracies that are making their rounds.
I will, however, say this: for those who have been supportive of us in the face of all of these problems, you have my team’s deepest gratitude.

Q: If theres one thing you want to say to the other team what would it be?

A: Sometimes by losing the battle, you find a new way to win the war.

Q: What do you think of the previous Ex-Co? Did they do a good job?

A: Being a member of the executive committee is no easy job, that’s for sure. We’ve had a great many challenges getting to this very stage, in our campaign. I admire their fortitude in the face of all the recent events that transpired over the course of last semester and they emerged just as strong, in the after-math of those events. They’ve definitely held their own.

And now, we have just a few lighter questions…

1. What drink are you? Tequila, vodka, rum, gin, baileys, other…


2. Kiss, marry, kill: The proposed president of the other cabinet, President Obama, Chairman Mao

Marry Obama
Kiss the other cabinet
And well, I guess what’s left is left.

3. Funny moment?

Ever tried counting those on your two hands? It’s a tough one.

4. Wanchai or Lan Kwai?

That’s a tough one. I’d have to say Lan Kwai for nostalgia’s sake.

5. Kenny G. or CY Leung?

Kenny G all the way. I like his songs.

The HKU Student Union election is tomorrow, so remember to cast your vote!

Polling Stations:Main Campus (Opening Hours: 10:15am – 5:45pm)
– K.K Leung Concourse
– Area near Campus Service Centre (UG/F Knowles Building)
– Run Run Shaw Podium (Opposite to old University Bookstore)
– Union Foyer
– Area outside Bank of East Asia (BEA)
– Area outside Grove Cafe

Polling Stations: Dental Campus (Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm)
– Area outside canteen on 7/F, Prince Philip Dental Hospital

Polling Stations of Medical Campus (Opening Hours: 10:15am – 5:45pm)
– Lobby of William Mong Man Wai Building