Junius Ho

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The Honourable
Junius Ho Kwan-yiu
何君堯
Junius Ho Kwan-yiu.jpg
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
17 May 2010
Preceded by Albert Chan
Constituency New Territories West
Member of Tuen Mun District Council
Personal details
Born (1962-06-04) 4 June 1962 (age 55)
Tuen Mun, New Territories
Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Children 3
Residence Ngau Tam Mei, New Territories
Alma mater Queen's College, Hong Kong
Anglia Ruskin University
Occupation Solicitor
politician
Website www.juniusho.com

Junius Kwan-yiu Ho (Chinese: 何君堯; born 4 June 1962) is a Hong Kong lawyer and politician. He was elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Ho came from a family of village leaders. He grew up in the old site of Leung Tin Tsuen village ( Chinese traditional: 良田村)in Tuen Mun. He is a 32nd-generation descent of his Hakka clan which can be traced back to the 10th century. [1]

Ho attended Queen's College Hong Kong from 1975 to 1979, after which he went to the United Kingdom, where he enrolled at Anglia Ruskin University (formerly known as Chelmer Institute of Higher Education) and obtained his Bachelor of Law's degree in 1984. Ho joined a post-graduate programme at the University of Hong Kong in 1984 and obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) in 1986. He was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Anglia Ruskin University in 2011.[2]

Career[edit]

After gaining his qualifications he was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1988 and was similarly admitted in other jurisdictions in Singapore and England and Wales in 1995 and 1997.[3] He is the senior partner of a law firm in Hong Kong and a principal representative of a law firm in Guangzhou. His major practice field is civil litigation, specialising in shareholders' disputes and family disputes. He was appointed a China-Appointed Attesting Officer in 2003.[citation needed]

He became the Vice-President (June 2005 – May 2011) and Council Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong (May 2012 – present) and was elected as the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong (May 2011 – May 2012).[4] Ho was appointed an independent director of Hong Kong Football Association.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Ho was elected as Chairman of Tuen Mun Rural Committee in 2011.[citation needed] He was a candidate in the Legislative Council Election in New Territories West in September 2012[5] and is a spokesman for the New Territories Concern Group.[6] In October 2015, Ho was one of three prominent pro-Beijing figures appointed to Lingnan University council by Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying.[7] Students staged a protest against their appointment over fears of political interference of university governance.[8] In the 2015 Hong Kong district council elections, Junius Ho defeated Albert Ho of the Democratic Party.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with 3 children, and he used to live in Tuen Mun.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

Ho has made homophobic statements. In late April 2017, following a lawsuit on government benefits for civil workers who are in a same-sex relationship, Ho said that legalization of same-sex marriage in Hong Kong would lead to bestiality and incest.[10]

Fellow LegCo member Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, who is openly gay, condemned Ho's comments, and said those who sincerely hold such thoughts should seek professional help.[10] Holden Chow, also a member of LegCo, criticized Ho's, saying he did not need to be so extreme in his comments.[10]

In May 2017, Ho said that a ruling granting marriage benefits to a gay civil servant could lead to "chaos in society" and co-signed a petition asking the government to appeal the decision.[11]

Current positions[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Committee member of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China – Guangdong
  • Arbitrator of Wuhan International Arbitration Court and Zhengzhou Arbitration Commission
  • Consultant of Guangzhou Municipal Board for International Investment

Charity[edit]

  • Chairman of Yan Oi Tong (1996–1997)[12]
  • Advisory board member of Yan Oi Tong (1997 to present)[13]
  • Member of Concerted Efforts Resource Centre
  • Honorary President of 2011–2012 Tuen Mun West District, New Territories Region, Scout Association of Hong Kong
  • Vice-President of 2009–2012 Yuen Long Western District, New Territories Region, Scout Association of Hong Kong[14]

Community[edit]

  • Chairman of the Mainland Legal Affairs of the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Chairman of Product Eco-responsibility Appeal Board Panel[15]
  • Rotated Chairman of Duty Lawyer Service Council in 2005 and 2007
  • Founder of Butterflyers Association Ltd in Tuen Mun in 2011[16]

Political[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "university strife-lingnan's new council member". South China Morning Post
  2. ^ "Anglia Ruskin University's Honorary Graduate Site – Junius Ho". Anglia Ruskin University. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Law List – The Law Society of Hong Kong
  4. ^ Council Members – The Law Society of Hong Kong
  5. ^ "LegCo Election results: New Territories West". info.gov.hk. 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ NT Concern Group
  7. ^ "LingnanU Council member storms out of forum, says students swore, insulted his wife". Hong Kong Free Press. 
  8. ^ "Chief Executive appoints pro-Beijing figures as Lingnan University Council members". Hong Kong Free Press. 
  9. ^ "'Umbrella soldiers' win eight seats as veteran politicians suffer surprise defeat - Hong Kong Free Press". Hong Kong Free Press. 
  10. ^ a b c "何君堯:准同性婚姻 恐演變容許人獸交 (Junius Ho: legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to beastiality)". Oriental Daily (in Traditional Chinese). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  11. ^ Ng, Ellie (24 May 2017). "‘Protect family values’: Hong Kong gov’t urged to appeal ruling on marriage benefits for gay couple". Hong Kong Free Press. 
  12. ^ "仁愛堂 :: 歷屆總理聯誼會". yot.org.hk. 
  13. ^ "仁愛堂 :: 諮議局". yot.org.hk. 
  14. ^ 2011–2012 年度區務委員會委員名錄
  15. ^ "Product Eco-responsibility Appeal Board Panel". epd.gov.hk. 
  16. ^ "Butterflyers Association". butterflyers.net. 
  17. ^ List of Village Representatives, Home Affairs Department
  18. ^ Newly founded group vows to ‘protect’ CentralHKChina Daily
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Albert Chan
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Jimmy Ng
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Ho Kai-ming
Member of the Legislative Council