Selina Chow

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Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee
GBS, JP
周梁淑怡
Selina Chow.jpg
Selina Chow in 2008
Chairwoman of the Liberal Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2012
Leader James Tien
Preceded by Vincent Fang (acting)
Non-official Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
In office
1991–1992
Appointed by Sir David Wilson
In office
22 September 2003 – 19 September 2008
Appointed by Tung Chee-hwa
Donald Tsang
Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
In office
1 September 1981 – 31 July 1995
Appointed by Sir Murray MacLehose
Sir Edward Youde
Sir David Wilson
In office
11 October 1995 – 13 July 2004
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Vincent Fang
Constituency Wholesale and Retail
In office
6 October 2004 – 16 July 2008
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Wong Kwok-hing
Constituency New Territories West
Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board
In office
1 April 2002 – 1 April 2007
Succeeded by James Tien
Personal details
Born Liang Shuk-yee
(1945-01-25) 25 January 1945 (age 69)
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Joseph Chow Ming-kuen
Residence Hong Kong
Alma mater St. Paul's Co-Educational College
Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama
University of Hong Kong
Occupation Legislative Councillor

Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, GBS, JP (Chinese: 周梁淑怡) (born 25 January 1945, Hong Kong) was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. She is the current chairperson of the Liberal Party. She is also well known in Hong Kong for her career in broadcasting.

Education[edit]

An alumna of St. Paul's Co-educational College, she obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Hong Kong, and a postgraduate diploma from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in the UK.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Chow is unique in Hong Kong's broadcast television industry in that at various points during her career in television, she was employed by all three television stations that have existed in Hong Kong's television history. She started out as a weather presenter.[2] She was first hired as an episodic drama director for Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) and became its Assistant General Manager.

On account of her quality reputation, Chow was recruited from TVB by Commercial Television to be its new General Manager in an attempt to resurrect the ailing station in July 1976. Chow later became the director of Asia Television.

Political career[edit]

Executive and Legislative Councils[edit]

Chow was first appointed as member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong by the then Governor Sir Murray MacLehose in 1981. She continued to serve on the Legislative Council as an appointed unofficial member until 1995 when she represented the Wholesale and Retail functional constituency in the 1995 LegCo elections. She was returned to the LegCo in 2004 in the New Territories West geographical constituency direct election, but lost her seat in the 2008 election. She then resigned from Executive Council, in which she had been appointed by Governor Sir David Wilson in 1991 for the first time and by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa since 2003.

She is the founding member of the pro-business conservative Liberal Party. She was the party's vice-chairwoman from 1998 until 2008 when she lost her seat in the LegCo elections. She became the vice-chairwoman for the second time in January 2011 after Tommy Cheung resigned from the office.[3][4]

In December 2012, she was elected unopposed as Liberal Party chairperson, taking the reins following the party's exceptionally poor performance in the 2012 Hong Kong legislative election, and the consequent resignation of Miriam Lau. The leadership process had been slated for completion in October but in the event acting chairman Vincent Fang was required to keep the seat warm for a further two months.[5]

Tourism Board and other positions[edit]

Chow joined the Hong Kong Tourist Association in 2000 as chairman, and continued to serve as chairman of the committee when the Association became the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2001. During her chairmanship, she was criticised by the mass media by appointing her friend, Clara Chong as the executive director. Chong's leadership was severely questioned of maladministration and overspending.[6]

She has also been a board member of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, honorary adviser to Against Child Abuse, and director of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Society.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Members' Biography, Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Retrieved 24 January 2008
  2. ^ Emily Tang, Stars unite to kick-off Selina Chow's Legco bid, The Standard, 26 August 2004
  3. ^ Leung, Ambrose; Fun, Fanny W. Y. (17 December 2010). "James Tien and Chow leading Liberals again". South China Morning Post. 
  4. ^ "自由黨正、副主席的選舉結果公佈 (2011年1月6日)". Liberal Party. 6 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Chow new chairperson of Liberal Party, RTHK News, 15 Dec 2012, Accessed 15 Dec 2012
  6. ^ Lo, Sonny Shiu-hing (2008). The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations: A Model for Taiwan?. Hong Kong University Press. p. 223. 
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Wholesale and Retail
1995–1997
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
1997–1998
Replaced by Legislative Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Wholesale and Retail
1998–2004
Succeeded by
Vincent Fang
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
2004–2008
Served alongside: Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, Tam Yiu-chung,
Leung Yiu-chung, Albert Chan, Lee Wing-tat, Cheung Hok-ming
Succeeded by
Wong Kwok-hing
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steven Poon
Vice-Chairperson of the Liberal Party
1998–2008
With: Ronald Arculli (1998–2000)
Miriam Lau (2000–2008)
Succeeded by
Tommy Cheung
Preceded by
Tommy Cheung
Vice-Chairperson of the Liberal Party
2011–2012
Served alongside: Vincent Fang
Succeeded by
Felix Chung
Preceded by
Vincent Fang
as Acting Chairman
Chairperson of the Liberal Party
2012–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lee Shing-see
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Chang Hsin-kang
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star