Regina Ip most popular HK lawmaker: local survey
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Regina Ip most popular HK lawmaker: local survey

From a hated government figure and recipient of various embarrassing monikers, Regina Ip has turned the tables and has become Hong Kong’s most popular  lawmaker, according to a University of Hong Kong survey.
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/>Survey results showed Ip as the most popular, scoring 55.1 points, edging Civic Party’s Audrey Eu to the top spot. Sure it might sound strange to those who were aware of Hong Kong’s political situation earlier in the decade, when Ip was denounced and was one of the reasons the city witnessed one of the biggest political rallies ever staged.
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/>The survey looks at the recognition rate of lawmakers and respondents are asked to name the most recognizable ones.
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/>During her tenure as Secretary of Security, she became a controversial figure for advocating Hong Kong Basic Law’s Article 23 which grants Hong Kong the liberty to enact its own laws to protect national security. The law was basically urged by Beijing. With then Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa’s perceived indebtedness to mainland China for his family-owned shipping conglomerate, the law had its biggest backer. Yet as a front-liner pressing to enact the law, Ip became the subject of criticism from the public, who generally felt the law would clamp down certain degrees of freedom.
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/>Her return to the political arena in 2008 showed early signs of reversed fortunes. The same HKU survey indicated that Regina Ip already ranked second most popular lawmaker towards the end of the legislative year.
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/>Ip certainly worked towards reaching this achievement as a lawmaker who made sound political decisions and had a pro-people approach, such as 
her support to abolish the domestic helper levy.
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/>This turnaround also manifested political maturity of Hong Kong people. Otherwise, we could easily find them associate Regina Ip with the debacles of Article 23 and the woman infamously called “broomhead” just years ago.