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CUHK elects new council chairman – not without controversy; No big change to HKPTU leadership; New head of Elderly Commission named.


Norman Leung elected as new CUHK Council chairman

The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Council elected Norman Leung (梁乃鵬) as the new chairman, almost six months after Vincent Cheng (鄭海泉) stepped down from the post. According CUHK vice-chancellor Joseph Sung (沈祖堯), all but one of the council members voted in support of Leung.

The university’s student union expressed regret at the appointment and worried that Leung might not safeguard academic freedom, raising the suspicion that the the appointment was overly politicised appointment as Leung is said to be a member of the CY camp. The student union also challenged the future impartiality as the vice-chancellor of university.


Fung Wai-wah and Cheung Man-kwong win landslide victory to retain HKPTU key posts

There is no major change in the leadership of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU), a pro-democracy teachers association, as current head of the executive committee Fung Wai-wah (馮偉華) led his proposed team to a 90.97% approval rate in a confidence vote.

Meanwhile, Cheung Man-kwong (張文光) and his team grabbed 18 out of 19 seats of the HKPTU Senate with 67.49% of the votes. The more radical Progressive Teachers’ Alliance led by James Hon (韓連山) suffered a huge blow as it lost five seats with only Hon himself retaining the group’s last presence in the Senate.

The new leadership will last for a term of two years.


CEO of Christian association named new head of Elderly Commission

The Government announced the appointment of Dr Lam Ching-choi (林正財) as the Chairman of the Elderly Commission with effect from April 20, 2016, to July 29, 2018.

Lam is the Chief Executive Officer of the Haven of Hope Christian Service and has been serving as the Vice-chairman of the Elderly Commission since July 2011. He will succeed Alfred Chan (陳章明), who recently took up the post of chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

The Government also appointed Dr Vivian Lou Wei-qun (樓瑋群) to the Elderly Commission as a member. She is the Director of Sau Po Centre on Ageing at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the Social Work Training Fund Committee.