Andrew Cheng

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Andrew Cheng Kar-foo
鄭家富
Andrew Cheng Ka-foo Chopped.jpg
Cheng attended a radio programme D100 in Mong Kok.
Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Fernando Cheung
Constituency New Territories East
In office
11 October 1995 – 30 June 1997
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Parliament abolished
Constituency Financial, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services
Personal details
Born (1960-04-28) 28 April 1960 (age 56)
Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese (Hong Kong)
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Democratic Party (1994–2010)
Meeting Point (until 1994)
Spouse(s) Chan Kwai-ying
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation Solicitor
Website http://www.chengkarfoo.org
Andrew Cheng
Traditional Chinese 鄭家富

Andrew Cheng Kar-foo (Chinese: 鄭家富) BA, MA, MEd, PCLL (born 28 April 1960 in Hong Kong) was a Hong Kong politician and solicitor. He is a former Democratic Party member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong representing the New Territories East geographical constituency.

Biography[edit]

He was a founder member of the Democratic Party, previously a member of the Meeting Point. He was a member of Southern District Council (representing Ap Lei Chau Estate) between 1994-99 and of Tai Po District Council (representing Tai Po Central) from 1999-2011.

Cheng was first elected to the Legislative Council in 1995 representing the Financial, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services constituency but left the Council when it was replaced by the Provisional Legislative Council in July 1997.[citation needed]

He was elected to represent the New Territories East constituency in 1998 and won re-election in 2000, 2004 and 2008.[citation needed]

In June 2010, Cheng publicly pondered his moral dilemma in supporting the vote in support of the revised electoral reform proposals put forward by the government and backed by the Democratic Party. The proposal draw unprecedented controversy in the pan-democractic camp as the leaders of the Democratic Party had met with and sought approval from the officials of the Central Government Liaison Office.[citation needed]

He subsequently decided to vote against the proposals, and announced in his Legco speech that he would quit the party because "small, but critical differences of opinion" prevented him from fulfilling his election pledge to strive for universal suffrage in 2012.[1]

Cheng stood down at the 2012 election, in which he supported several pan-democratic candidates in New Territories East. He helped Gary Fan, who stood second in his list in previous elections and also quit the Democratic Party owing to disagreement over the 2010 electoral reform proposals, of Neo Democrats to win a seat in the constituency. He joined D100 as a radio host after retiring from the Legislative Council.[citation needed]

Although once denied rejoining electoral politics, Cheng changed his mind and contested the 2016 legislative election in New Territories East. He lost the bid with only 3.08% support. Three of Neo Democrat's Shatin District Councillors defected from Gary Fan to Cheng on the election day; they were subsequently dismissed from the party for Fan's failure in re-election.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cheng is married to Chan Kwai-ying, who is a cousin of his fellow Democrat Wong Sing-chi, and is a father of two.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Albert (24 Jun 2010) "Electoral reform row makes one Democrat a quitter, others bitter", South China Morning Post
  2. ^ Leung, Stanley (8 September 2016). "Defections within his party led to loss to pro-estab. candidate, says Neo Democrat Gary Fan". Hong Kong Free Press. 

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Financial, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services
1995–1997
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
1998–2012
With: Cyd Ho (1998–2000)
Andrew Wong (1998–2004)
Lau Kong-wah, Emily Lau (1998–2012)
Nelson Wong (2000–2004)
James Tien, Li Kwok-ying (2004–2008)
Ronny Tong, Leung Kwok-hung (2004–2012)
Nelson Wong, Gary Chan (2008–2012)
Succeeded by
Fernando Cheung