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Mainland Basic Law expert set to head Liaison Office legal department; CY Leung appoints pro-est figures to HKU Council.


Tsinghua law dean tapped to head Liaison Office Legal Department

Dean of Tsinghua Law School Wang Zhenmin (王振民) has been tapped by Beijing to head the Liaison Office’s legal affairs department in Hong Kong, according to a report by Ming Pao.

Wang, nicknamed the ‘guardian of the Basic Law’ and was formerly a Basic Law Committee member, was known for his hardline stance over affairs concerning Hong Kong’s autonomy. In April, Wang stressed that the legalisation of Article 23 of the Basic Law was a “bottom line” for the city.

The appointment is expected to come into effect as early as next month.

CY Leung appoints new term of HKU Council members

Leonie Ki Man-Fung (紀文鳳) was re-appointed by CY Leung to sit in the University of Hong Kong’s Council with effect from November 7 as Leung revealed a new term of four out of six Council members appointed by the CE as chancellor of the university.

Ki is the executive director of New World Development and former deputy director of CY Leung’s campaign office. She on the same day became the second Council member after Arthur Li (李國章) to have a tape of her opposing the appointment of Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor at a Council meeting leaked to the public.

The three new members include Sino Land executive director and Hong Kong Army Cadets Association general director Daryl Ng Win Kong (黃永光), Vice Chairman of the University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development & Research Dr Patrick S.C. Poon (潘燊昌), as well as former Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants chairman and CPPCC delegate of Zhejiang province Edward Chow Kwong-fai (周光暉).

Current HKU Council chairman Edward Leong (梁智鴻) will retire from the post on November 6. The choice of his successor remains pending, but Arthur Li, the ‘Tsar’, is more than ready to take the throne.

Appointments & reappointments to Tourism Board, Consumer Council and Copyright Tribunal

The Government announced the reappointments of Winston Chow Wun-sing (周允成), executive director of Chow Sang Sang, Wayne Leung Wai-yin (梁偉賢), Perry Mak Ping-leung (麥炳良), Managing Director of Hong Kong Economic Times, Barry D Nassberg, Paulo Pong Kin-yee (龐建貽), daughter-in-law of New World Development’s Henry Cheng (鄭家純), and Winnie Tam Wan-chi (譚允芝), chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Alongside the announcement was the reappointments of Samuel Chan Ka-yan (陳家殷), deputy chairman of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Appeal Board, Professor Michael Hui King-man (許敬文), pro-vice-chancellor of CUHK, and Agricultural lawmaker Steven Ho Chun-yin (何俊賢) to the Consumer Council with effect from November 1.

Former vice president of the Law Society of Hong Kong Albert Wong Kwai-huen (王桂壎) and  Anthony Tong Tat-hay (湯達熙), meanwhile, were reappointed as chairman and deputy chairman of the Copyright Tribunal. Public Design professor and founder and leader of the first Public Design Lab Michael Siu Kin-wai (邵健偉) was the new name along with four other reappointments.