Lau Kong-wah

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The Honourable
Lau Kong-wah
Lau Kong-wah 2014.jpg
Secretary for Home Affairs
Assumed office
21 July 2015
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by Tsang Tak-sing
Undersecretary of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau
In office
21 December 2012 – 21 July 2015
Secretary Raymond Tam
Preceded by Adeline Wong
Succeeded by Ronald Chan
Non-official Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
In office
14 October 2008 – 30 June 2012
Appointed by Donald Tsang
Preceded by Jasper Tsang
Succeeded by Starry Lee
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Elizabeth Quat
Constituency New Territories East
In office
21 December 1996 – 30 June 1998
(Provisional Legislative Council)
Personal details
Born (1957-06-22) 22 June 1957 (age 60)
Hong Kong
Political party United Democrats (1991–93)
Civil Force (1993–present)
DAB (1998–present)
Spouse(s) Mu Fee-man
Alma mater St. Paul College
Sir Robert Black College of Education
University of Exeter
City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.
Lau Kong-wah
Traditional Chinese 劉江華
Simplified Chinese 刘江华

Lau Kong-wah, JP (born 22 June 1957, Hong Kong), also called Ray Lau,[1] is a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. On 14 October 2008, Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, made Lau a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Jasper Tsang upon the latter becoming President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. By the end of June 2012, Lau ceased to be a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong.

Lau is vice-president of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong political party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, and founder of Civil Force. He was, until 2012, the Chairman of the Panel on Transport in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. In 2012, Lau also lost his seat in the 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election.[2]


Lau Kong-wah graduated from the University of Exeter and the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.

Political career[edit]

Lau was a member of the United Democrats of Hong Kong (one of the predecessors of the Democratic Party). After losing in the 1991 LegCo election, running as 'Ray Lau', he left the party and founded the Civil Force. He subsequently joined the DAB in 1998.[3][4] Lau lost his seat in the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 2012.[5] But on 20 December 2012, he was appointed as undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs by the Hong Kong government to oversee political reforms.


  1. ^ Beatty, Bob (2003). "The Game's Afoot: Democratic Openings in Hong Kong with Lasting Effect". Democracy, Asian Values, and Hong Kong: Evaluating Political Elite Beliefs. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. p. 36. Retrieved 8 December 2016 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "劉江華墮馬市民熱賀"
  3. ^ Yau, Thomas (25 June 2010) "Reluctant James To toes the party line" Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Burton, Sandra; Colmey, John; Moriarty, Francis; Yu, Lulu (18 September 1995). "Eleventh-hour Election Fever". Time. Archived from the original on 28 October 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2014 – via Internet Archive. 
  5. ^ "劉江華遭自己人扯下馬"
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
Replaced by Legislative Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Quat
Government offices
Preceded by
Adeline Wong
Under Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
Succeeded by
Ronald Chan
Political offices
Preceded by
Tsang Tak-sing
Secretary for Home Affairs
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Nicholas Yang
Secretary for Innovation and Technology
Hong Kong order of precedence
Secretary for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Clement Cheung
Secretary for the Civil Service