The Kuk, after 35 years, has a new leader – But the Tsar is there to stay.
The King is Dead. Long Live the King.
Kenneth Lau, son of Lau Wong-fat, takes over Kuk chairmanship.
After leading Heung Yee-kuk for 35 years, Lau Wong-fat (劉皇發) decided that it is time for him to step down as the undisputed major domo of the advisory body representing inhabitants in the New Territories. Much to Lau’s delight, his son Kenneth Lau Ip-keung (劉業強) has succeeded his post after an uncontested election.
Mr Lau junior assumes the role of Kuk Chairman on June 1, 2015 for a term of four years. He was an appointed District Councillor in Tuen Mun from 2000 to 2011.
Cheung Hok-ming (張學明) and Daniel Lam Wai-keung (林偉強) were both re-elected as vice-chairmen of the Kuk.
The outgoing chairman, however, will remain as an executive member of the Kuk, implying that he still have plenty of ways to exercise his influence. The life size bronze statue of him in the Kuk headquarters will no doubt remind people of his enduring influence. Perhaps his son will get his own statue one day.
Academics join committee for racial harmony
The Government has made two new appointments to the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony. They are Mr Mohamed Ibramsa Sikkander Batcha and Dr Theresa Cunanan.
Mr. Batcha is a Sri Lankan Mulsim native who has been in Hong Kong for more than three decades and a history of fighting racism. He has been associated with the DAB party for much of this time.
Dr. Cunanan (高德蘭) is the Chairperson, Teaching and Learning of the College of International Education at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has been educated in Hong Kong, the UK and France.
Also, four incumbent members have also been re-appointed. The new committee will take a term from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017.
Mr Amirali Bakirali Nasir (黎雅明)
Ms Bungon Tamasorn
Dr Rizwan Ullah
Mr Thomas Yeung Chuen-chow (楊存洲)
Other incumbent members:
Mr Dewan Saiful Alam
Mr Brian Chau (周德興)
Mr Kul Prasad Gurung
Dr Sharmila Gurung
Ms Lucilla Ho Wai-yee (何慧怡)
Mr Mohamed Syed Abdulhaq Hameed Jalal (謝克明)
Ms Rosalia Kamariah Kesuma (郭月娟)
Mr Mohammad Liaqat