Albert Chan

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The Honourable
Albert Chan Wai-yip
陳偉業
Albert Chan Wai Yip, 23 Sept 07, close.JPG
Albert Chan in 2007
Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 May 2010
Preceded by Himself
Constituency New Territories West
In office
9 October 1991 – 31 July 1995
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Constituency New Territories South
In office
11 October 1995 – 30 June 1997
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
Constituency New Territories Central
In office
1 October 2000 – 28 January 2010
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Himself
Constituency New Territories West
Personal details
Born (1955-03-03) 3 March 1955 (age 59)
Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Political party People Power (2011–)
Other political
affiliations
ADPL (1986–90)
United Democrats (1990–94)
Democratic Party (1994–2002)
League of Social Democrats (2006–11)
Spouse(s) Lo Kit-mui
Alma mater University of Manitoba (B.A., B.S.W.)
University of British Columbia (M.S.W.)
Occupation Legislative Councillor
formerly social worker
Religion Christianity

The Honourable Albert Chan Wai-yip (Chinese: 陳偉業; pinyin: Chén Wěiyè; Jyutping: Can4 Wai5 Jip6; also known as 'Tai Kao' (大舊), born 3 March 1955 in Hong Kong) is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong representing the New Territories West constituency. He has served as a legislator since 1991 except for the periods 1997-2000 and Jan-May 2011. Chan, formerly a social worker, was also a member of the Tsuen Wan District Council.

In 1986, together with Lee Wing-tat, he founded the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood. From 1994-2002 he was a member of the Democratic Party. In 2006 he co-founded the League of Social Democrats but resigned in 2011 over differences with the then leadership to form People Power with fellow legislator Wong Yuk-man.

He is active in grass roots issues and believes that the government is not genuinely committed to the electoral reform promised in the Hong Kong Basic Law.[1]

2010 Five Constituencies Referendum[edit]

On 29 January 2010, Chan, together with four other lawmakers, Alan Leong, Tanya Chan, Leung Kwok-hung and Wong Yuk-man, resigned their seats in the Legislative Council. They intended that the popular vote in the by-elections triggered by their resignations would act as a de facto referendum on electoral reform, pressing the PRC Government into allowing universal suffrage in Hong Kong in compliance with Hong Kong's constitution, the Basic Law.[2] On 16 May 2010, he was re-elected as a lawmaker in the by-election.[3]

Resignation from the League of Social Democrats[edit]

In January 2011, Chan and fellow legislator Wong Yuk-man resigned from the League of Social Democrats over differences with the leadership over what stance to take towards the Democratic Party in the discussions over Hong Kong's political development. As two of the party's three legislators, the move left the party and the remaining legislator, Leung Kwok-hung ('Long Hair') in a difficult position. They also said that factional fighting within the party has become so hostile that it was beyond their ability to rectify the situation.[4]

With Wong, he went on to launch People Power, under which name he continues to sit in Legco.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RTHK.org, Legislator says govt green paper intended to delay democratic development] Retrieved on 2009-01-05.
  2. ^ Hong Kong MPs quit in attempt to push Beijing towards direct elections
  3. ^ Pro-democracy lawmakers win by-elections
  4. ^ Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan quit party, RTHK, 23 Jan 2011

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories South
1991–1995
Served alongside: Lee Wing-tat
Succeeded by
Himself
as Representative for New Territories Central
Preceded by
Himself
as Representative for New Territories South
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories Central
1995–1997
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
2000–present
With: Tang Siu-tong (2000–2004)
Albert Ho (2000–2012)
Lee Cheuk-yan, Tam Yiu-chung, Leung Yiu-chung (2000–present)
Selina Chow (2004–2008)
Lee Wing-tat, Cheung Hok-ming (2004–2012)
Wong Kwok-hing (2008–2012)
Ben Chan, Kwok Ka-ki, Michael Tien, Alice Mak, Leung Che-cheung (2012–present)
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Leung Kwok-hung
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Wong Yuk-man
Member of the Legislative Council