Heung Yee Kuk
Emblem of the Heung Yee Kuk
|Headquarters||30 On Muk Street, Shek Mun, Shatin, N.T.|
|Heung Yee Kuk|
|Literal meaning||Rural Council|
Colloquially shortened to 'the Kuk', the powerful organisation comprises representatives of each rural committee.
From 1980 to 2015 it was led by Lau Wong-fat, as chairman, a billionaire landowner and now heavyweight political figure in the pro-Beijing camp, until he stepped down and was succeeded by his son Kenneth Lau Ip-keung.
The Heung Yee Kuk was established in 1926, to "work and negotiate with the government to promote the welfare of the people of the New Territories". It was given formal status by the Heung Yee Kuk Ordinance (Chapter 1097), first enacted 11 December 1959 (originally as 45 of 1959) amid the construction of New Towns in the New Territories. After becoming a statutory advisory body, the Kuk met regularly with the New Territories Administration to discuss local issues and influence government policies. As part of administrative reforms proposed by Mckinsey in 1974, the colonial government established the position of Secretary for the New Territories to communicate with the Kuk and prepare for development of the area.
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