Cyd Ho

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The Honourable
Cyd Ho Sau-lan
何秀蘭
Cyd Ho Sau Lan.jpg
Ho campaigning for the 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election.
Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2008
Preceded by Rita Fan
Constituency Hong Kong Island
In office
1 October 2000 – 30 September 2004
Preceded by Christine Loh
Succeeded by Ma Lik
Constituency Hong Kong Island
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 June 2000
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Wong Sing-chi
Constituency New Territories East
Personal details
Born (1954-07-24) 24 July 1954 (age 60)
Hong Kong
Political party The Frontier (1996–2003)
Civic Act-up (2003–2012)
Labour Party (2012–)
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Occupation Legislative Councillor

Cyd Ho Sau-lan (traditional Chinese: 何秀蘭; simplified Chinese: 何秀兰; pinyin: Hé Xiùlán) is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Legco) for the Hong Kong Island constituency.

She is a founding member of the Labour Party, since December 2011, and currently holds the position of vice-chairwoman. Previously, she was a founding member of The Frontier, another pro-democracy political group. Since 2006, she has been a founding councillor of the World Future Council.

She has garnered a reputation for promoting universal suffrage, rule of law, human rights, and equal opportunity, as well as advancement in the interests of women, homosexuals and other minority groups.

Education[edit]

Ho studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She worked in the textile trading industry from 1979 to 1995.

Career[edit]

In 1991, Ho helped Emily Lau during the election campaign, the first open direct election of Legco in Hong Kong. In 1993, she founded the liberal pressure group "United Ants" with other pro-democracy political activists. In 1995, she worked as an assistant to Margaret Ng, a lawmaker representing the legal profession in Legco. In 1996, along with other political activists, she founded The Frontier.

She was elected a legislative councillor for the geographical constituency of New Territories East in 1998 in the first Legco election since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the UK to China. She was re-elected in the c in 2000. She chaired bills committees such as the 2004 Education (Revised) Bill and the 2004 Examination Authority Bill, and was vice-chair of the panel on environmental affairs. She chaired the Sub-committee under the Home Affair Panel to study questions of discrimination based on sexual orientation between 2000 and 2004.

She was elected as a District Council member of the Central and Western district via the Kwun Lung (觀龍) constituency in November 2003, unseating veteran Ip Kwok-him of the DAB with a margin of 64 votes. She also supported members of other pro-democracy political groups such as Civic Act-up, which were also contesting seats in the Wanchai district council.

In 2004, she, together with James To Kun Sun, Frederick Fung Kin Kee, Wong Sing Chi, Mak Kwok Fung, attempted to cross the border and meet Beijing officials at Shenzhen, to request a faster pace of democratisation in Hong Kong.

2004 Legco election[edit]

The 2004 Legislative Council election returned candidates to office based on a party-list proportional representation system. There were four viable tickets running for election for the Hong Kong Island constituency. The left was represented by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's ticket, consisting of Ma Lik and Choy So-yuk; and the centrist ticket was represented by Rita Fan.

The pan-democratic camp decided, after strategising, to put up two tickets for election: the Democratic Party's ticket with Martin Lee and Yeung Sum, and Audrey Eu and Cyd Ho's ticket. The thinking was that the remainder vote on both these tickets was sufficient to return all four candidates to office, providing that voters in the pan-democratic camp were coordinated effectively. Cyd Ho was defeated by a slim margin (815 out of a total of about 350,000, or 0.23%) to her nearest DAB rival, Choy So-yuk.

Originally, the slogan "1+1=4" was taken as a way to strategically allocate votes between the two pan-democratic camp tickets, namely that a spouse from each couple would vote for each ticket. Conspiracy theorists claim that, during the final days leading up to the election, the Democratic Party believed it could secure a seat for their third candidate, Lai Chi-Keung. The Democratic Party hence allegedly requested all supporters of the pan-democratic camp in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency to vote for them, claiming that Audrey Eu's star presence on the other ticket was strong enough to skew votes to the other ticket.

In the end, Lai ended up a few hundred votes short of Cyd Ho, costing them both the chance for a seat. This ultimately benefited Cyd Ho's DAB rival Choy So-yuk. A number of disgruntled voters of the pan-democratic camp demanded that then-DP chairman Yeung Sum and Founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming both step down in consequence.[citation needed]

Post-election[edit]

In addition to remaining as a key member of the Frontier until 2006, Ho hosted weekly radio programmes on two local radio stations in 2006 – on RTHK and PRHK. She hosted a radio show on the internet radio station My Radio on Thursday nights (2200–2300 HKT).

In 2006, she quit the Frontier and became the chairperson of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor and the co-convener of Project Civil Referendum, a scheme to pilot and promote the idea of holding a referendum in Hong Kong.

In 2007, when the death of Ma Lik vacated a Hong Kong Island Legislative Council seat, she originally decided to run in the by-election, but later she decided against. Also, she declined to stand again for her district council seat to prepare for her 2008 Legco election campaign.

2008 Legco election[edit]

Ho stood for and was returned in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency for the Hong Kong legislative election, 2008. She finished with the fifth highest number of vote in the six-member constituency, 30,887, or 9.85%. Her running mate in 2004, Audrey Eu of the Civic Party, obtained 30,362.

Labour Party[edit]

In December 2011, after The Frontier had failed to pass its own resolution to dissolve, she joined with Lee Cheuk-yan, Cheung Kwok-che and others to form the Labour Party, taking up the position of vice-chairwoman. She was re-elected in 2012 elections.

Provide LGBT rights[edit]

In 2012, soon after Ho re-elected as member of Legco, she put forward a proposal calling for public consultation on legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. This proposal was opposed by conservative Democrats and pro-Beijing conservative parties.[1] Ho is a few of legislators to support same-sex marriage, which made she criticised by conservative parties and groups.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Lawmakers' opposition to gay rights law shames Hong Kong. South China Morning Post
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
1998–2000
Served alongside: Emily Lau, Andrew Cheng, Andrew Wong, Lau Kong-wah
Succeeded by
Nelson Wong
Preceded by
Christine Loh
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
2000–2004
Served alongside: Martin Lee, Yeung Sum, Gary Cheng, Audrey Eu, Choy So-yuk
Succeeded by
Ma Lik
Preceded by
Rita Fan
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
2008–present
With: Kam Nai-wai, Tanya Chan, Audrey Eu (2008–2012)
Jasper Tsang, Regina Ip (2008–present)
Kenneth Chan, Sin Chung-kai, Christopher Chung, Wong Kwok-hing (2012–present)
Incumbent
Party political offices
New political party Chairman of Civic Act-up
2003–2012
Merged into Labour Party
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ronny Tong
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Lam Tai-fai
Member of the Legislative Council