Ip Kwok-him

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ip.
Ip Kwok-him
GBS, JP
葉國謙
Ip Kwok Him.jpg
Mr. Ip Kwok-him
Member of the Executive Council
Assumed office
17 March 2016
Appointed by Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by Starry Lee
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1 October 2000 – 30 September 2016
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Lau Kwok-fan
Constituency District Council (First)
Personal details
Born (1951-11-08) 8 November 1951 (age 65)
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Political party Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
Spouse(s) Lee Ngan-yee
Alma mater South China Normal University (BA in Geography)
Occupation Legislative Councillor
Ip Kwok-him
Traditional Chinese 葉國謙
Simplified Chinese 叶国谦
Ip Kwok-him's banner during Hong Kong legislative council election, 2008

Ip Kwok-him, GBS, JP (Chinese: 葉國謙; born 8 November 1951) is an unofficial member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, having been in the position since March 2016. He is also former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the District Council (First) functional constituency and Hong Kong delegate to the National People's Congress and the former convenor of the caucus of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) in the Legislative Council.

Early life, education and teaching career[edit]

Ip was born in Hong Kong on 8 November 1951 to a driver father. His father came from Guangzhou before the Communist Party of China took over. He studied at the Hon Wah College, a leftist pro-Communist school in the Western District. He later graduated from the South China Normal University with a degree in Bachelor of Art in Geography. After he graduated, he returned to the Hon Wah College as a teacher and had taught for 20 years.

1967 Leftist riots[edit]

During the Hong Kong 1967 Leftist Riots, he was member of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Committee for Anti-Hong Kong British Persecution Struggle as a student of the Hon Wah College when he was 15 of age. He was sent to Macao by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) to learn about the December 3 Incident launched by the Macao leftists which successfully led to the concession from Portuguese colonial government.[1]

Political career[edit]

District Councillor[edit]

He became active in local politics in the mid-1980s when he became vice chairman of a research centre for the development of the Central and Western District, a supplementary member of the Central and Western District Board. He also co-founded the working committee on concerning the Hong Kong Basic Law with Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, the chairman of the Central and Western District Board.[2]

He first ran for office in the 1991 District Board elections, for the Central and Western District Board in the Kennedy Town West & Mount Davis. He was elected with incumbent Chan Tak-chor, receiving 2,942 votes and defeating incumbent Wong Sui-lai of the pro-democratic United Democrats of Hong Kong (UDHK).

In the 1994 District Board elections, he was re-elected in Kwun Lung and held the seat until he was defeated by legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan of the pro-democratic The Frontier in the 2003 District Council elections when his party suffered a devastating defeat in the territory-wide local election.[3][4]

He won back the seat in Kwun Lung in 2007 and held the seat until he stepped down in 2015.

Legislative Councillor[edit]

He became a founding member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), a flagship pro-Beijing party set up by a group of traditional leftists in 1992. He was a long-time chairman of the party, serving from 1998 to 2009.

He was first elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in the last colonial legislative election in 1995 through the ten-seat Election Committee consisting of all District Board members. In 1996, he was appointed to the Beijing-controlled Provisional Legislative Council.

In the first SAR legislative election in 1998, he formed a ticket with Gary Cheng Kai-nam in Hong Kong Island in which Cheng was elected. He returned to the Legislative Council in 2000 when he was elected through the newly created in District Council constituency which was elected by all District Councillors.

After he lost his District Council seat in 2003, he was not eligible to run for the constituency in the 2004 Legislative Council election. In the same year, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) by the government.

He returned to the Legislative Council through the same constituency in 2008 and has held the seat since then. After retiring from the District Council in 2015, he would also step down in the upcoming 2016 Legislative Council election.

As a Legislative Councillors, Ip held many other public positions, including on the Board of directors of the Urban Renewal Authority.[5]

He stepped down from the Legislative Council in 2016 and was succeeded by Lau Kwok-fan.

2015 electoral reform walkout[edit]

According to a chat record leaked to the South China Morning Post,[6] Ip, as the convenor of the DAB caucus and the coordinator of the pro-Beijing camp, was responsible together with the Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing for the walk-out that resulted in a humiliating defeat of the pro-Beijing parties in the electoral reform voting at the Legislative Council in July 2015.

Executive Councillor[edit]

Ip was appointed to the Executive Council of Hong Kong by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on 17 March 2016, succeeding resigning DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king.[7]

He is also a Hong Kong deputy to the Chinese National People's Congress.

Family[edit]

Ip is married with one son and one daughter. His twin brother, Ip Kwok-chung, is a former member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong and the Yau Tsim Mong District Council. His nephew, Chris Ip Ngo-tung, is the current chairman of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "當葉國謙談暴徒….". Stand News. 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "長期從事教育熱心社團工作 葉國謙具親中色彩 角逐堅摩西區議席". Wah Kiu Yat Po. 29 December 1990. p. 5. 
  3. ^ Ip Kwok-him biodata
  4. ^ The Hong Kong Island Legco By-Election in 2007
  5. ^ IP Kwok Him GBS, JP
  6. ^ http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1826362/legco-president-jasper-tsang-refuses-quit-leaked-reform-vote
  7. ^ Wong, Hermina (17 March 2016). "Breaking: CY Leung appoints Ip Kwok-him to Executive Council following Starry Lee's resignation". Hong Kong Free Press. 
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Election Committee
1995–1997
Replaced by
Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
1997–1998
Replaced by Legislative Council
Preceded by
Tang Siu-tong
as Representative for Regional Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Lau Wong-fat
Preceded by
Lau Wong-fat
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Himself
as Representative for District Council (First)
Preceded by
Himself
as Representative for District Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council (First)
2012–present
Succeeded by
Lau Kwok-fan
Political offices
Preceded by
Starry Lee
Member of Executive Council
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Previous:
Clement Cheung
Secretary for the Civil Service
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Tommy Cheung
Member of the Executive Council