Gary Chan

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The Honourable
Gary Chan Hak-kan
Gary Chan Hak-kan.JPG
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2008
Preceded by Li Kwok-ying
Personal details
Born (1976-07-13) 13 July 1976 (age 38)
Fujian, People's Republic of China
Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Political party DAB
Alma mater Syracuse University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Occupation Legislative Councillor
Gary Chan
Traditional Chinese 陳克勤
Simplified Chinese 陈克勤

Gary Chan Hak-kan JP (born 13 July 1976, Fujian, People's Republic of China) is currently the youngest member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. He represents the New Territories East constituency and is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) political party.

Chan graduated from the Department of Government and Public Administration at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and studied in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He was a member of Sha Tin District Council from 1999 to 2003. He was appointed as special assistant to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Sir Donald Tsang, from 2006 to 2008, with an annual salary of HK$77,000.[1][2]

In 2008, Chan followed Lau Kong Wah in running to represent New Territories East in the Legislative Council elections after resigning as special assistant to the Chief Executive.[3] With about 100,000 votes for their party list, both Chan and Lau were declared elected.[4]

Shortly after the election results were announced, Chan was widely ridiculed for his poor English. He is quoted as saying in response to a reporter's question that the DAB would "try our breast ... to improve people's living hood [sic]".[5]


Urine inspection[edit]

In a pre-election debate, Chan proposed to impose mandatory drug tests on teenagers returning from Mainland China, so as to fight against abusing narcotics by them. The plan was criticised as abusing human rights.[6]


In another pre-election debate, Chan questioned Leung Kwok-hung for his "one-minute attendance" in each LegCo meeting. Leung denied the accusation and considered that it is a libel on him. Then replied with the fact of over 95% attendance and asked for apology.[6]

Inadequate english proficiency[edit]

Shortly after the result of the Legislative Council was announced and Chan's victory and position as a Legislative Councillor was confirmed, Chan was interviewed by the press on live TV, where he was questioned by one of the English-speaking reporters:

Mr Chan, you were able to get a seat, but the government-friendly camp is losing one seat, is that to your surprise?[7]

Chan replied:

It is a little bit surprise for us, but we will try our breast to….(stuttering with 3 consecutive "ers")…still, er, try our breast to, er, not just, er, criticise the government's policy, but also make some, er, good suggestions in order to improve the people's livinghood. Ok?[7]

His mistake involving the replacement of the word "best" by "breast, in particular, was criticised in the media and the general public in Hong Kong for his lack of English language proficiency despite being a Legislative Councillor.[8][9] The clip from that interview was uploaded on YouTube and subtitled to enhance the stutters and the phrase "try our breast".[10]


Government offices
New office Special Assistant of Chief Executive Office
Title next held by
Ronald Chan
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Li Kwok-ying
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
With: Andrew Cheng, Lau Kong-wah, Nelson Wong (2008–2012)
Emily Lau, Ronny Tong, Leung Kwok-hung (2008–present)
Fernando Cheung, Elizabeth Quat, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, James Tien, Gary Fan (2012–present)
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lam Tai-fai
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Chan Kin-por
Member of the Legislative Council