Frederick Fung

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The Honourable
Frederick Fung Kin-kee
SBS, JP
馮檢基
Frederick Fung Kin Kee.jpg
Member of the Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded by New constituency
Constituency District Council (Second)
In office
1 October 2000 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Claudia Mo
Constituency Kowloon West
In office
21 December 1996 – 30 June 1998
(Provisional Legislative Council)
In office
9 October 1991 – 30 June 1997
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
Constituency Kowloon West
Chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood
In office
1989–2007
Preceded by Ding Lik-kiu
Succeeded by Bruce Liu
Personal details
Born (1953-03-17) 17 March 1953 (age 61)
Political party Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood
Spouse(s) Chan Man-chi
Alma mater Bradford University (BA)
Occupation Legislative Councillor
Religion Christianity
Frederick Fung
Traditional Chinese 馮檢基
Simplified Chinese 冯检基

Frederick Fung Kin-kee SBS JP (born 17 March 1953 in Hong Kong, with family roots in Dongguan, Guangdong) is the former chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL), a pro-democracy political party in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Legco), elected by direct election from the Geographical Constituency of Kowloon West. He is a part-time tutor at City University of Hong Kong's School Continuous and Professional Education (SCOPE).

Background[edit]

In 1982, Fung obtained his undergraduate BA degree in Social Policy and Public Administration at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He worked as a social worker after graduation. Fung was elected to the (now disbanded) Urban Council in 1983 (on which he served until 1995). He served as president of a local group, Concern for Sham Shui Po People's Livelihood, since 1984, and founded the ADPL in 1986. In 1998, he was elected to the Sham Shui Po District Board (and served until 1991). In 1991 he became a legislator through direct election. He also served as a member in the Hong Kong Housing Authority from 1990 to 1998.

Fung served in the Provisional Legislative Council until the first Legco election of the HKSAR in 1998, in which he (along with other ADPL members) was defeated.

He was re-elected to Legco in 2000. He was also elected to the Sham Shui Po District Council in 1999 and 2003.

After the defeat of ADPL in the 2007 Hong Kong District Council Election, Fung decided to resign as chairman of the ADPL and was temporarily succeeded by Liu Sing-lee, the then vice-chairman.

Political positions and activity[edit]

Fung's work is mainly focused on livelihood issues in the Sham Shui Po District. On political issues he takes a more moderate stance than other democrats. Fung's most controversial move among the democratic camp was his acceptance to join the Provisional Legco, set up by the PRC Government to replace Legco temporarily upon reunification in 1997, after the failure of the Chinese and British sides to agree on a smooth transition of the political system. The democratic camp generally boycotted the provisional body and other appointments by the Chinese side, criticising them as a backwards step for democracy. Nevertheless, Fung accepted a number of appointments from the Chinese government, joined the Preparatory Committee for the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and while he voted against the setting up of the Provisional Legco in 1996 in the Preparatory Committee, he (and other ADPL members) joined the provisional body eventually. His move was regarded as a compromise with the Chinese government and was criticised by other members of the democratic camp.

In June 2010, he was one of the first to promise support for the government’s 2012 constitutional reform package if it included the amendment by the Democratic Party to hold a popular vote for five new District Council functional constituencies. When this proposal was accepted by the Beijing government, he did indeed vote for it.[1][2]

On 21 February 2011, he was questioned whether he supported Yeung Sum's aspiration that DAB should become the ruling party on Facebook. Fung refused to answer even though he admitted to reporters only 2 days earlier that his party and democratic party are quite in line when it comes to political structure/reform.

On 8 December 2011, he decided to run for the 2012 Hong Kong Chief Executive election, but lost the primary election of pan-democracy camp.

In Hong Kong legislative election, 2012, he was re-elected.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Divisions remain over DP compromise, The Standard, 20 June 2010
  2. ^ Cheung, Gary; Wong, Albert; Fung, Fanny (25 June 2010). "Cheers and jeers for political reform vote". South China Morning Post. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ding Lik-kiu
Chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood
1989–2007
Succeeded by
Bruce Liu
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West
1991–1997
With: James To (1991–1995)
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
1997–1998
Replaced by Legislative Council
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West
2000–2012
With: James To (2000–2012)
Lau Chin-shek, Jasper Tsang (2000–2008)
Starry Lee, Priscilla Leung, Wong Yuk-man (2008–2012)
Succeeded by
Claudia Mo
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council (Second)
2012–present
Served alongside: Albert Ho, James To, Starry Lee, Chan Yuen-han
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Tommy Cheung
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Vincent Fang
Member of the Legislative Council