Wong Sing-chi

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Wong Sing-chi
黃成智
Nelson Wong Sing-chi.jpg
Wong Sing-chi after the 2016 Legislative Council by-election
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1 October 2008 – 30 September 2012
Preceded by James Tien
Succeeded by Ray Chan
Constituency New Territories East
In office
1 October 2000 – 30 September 2004
Preceded by Cyd Ho
Succeeded by James Tien
Constituency New Territories East
Personal details
Born (1957-10-11) 11 October 1957 (age 59)
Hong Kong
Political party Meeting Point (until 1994)
Democratic Party (1994–2015)
Third Side (2015–2016)
Residence Hong Kong
Alma mater Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Occupation Social Worker
Wong Sing-chi
Traditional Chinese 黃成智
Simplified Chinese 黄成智

Nelson Wong Sing-chi (born 11 October 1957)[1] is a Hong Kong politician and social worker. He had been member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong between 2000–04 and 2008–12. He was the founding member of the Democratic Party before he was expelled in 2015 for his support in the government's constitutional reform proposals. He was also briefly a founding member of the Third Side, a centrist political party.

He is also former member of the North District Council and Regional Council.

Background[edit]

Wong was born in Hong Kong in 1957. He obtained his Bachelor of Social Work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was a social worker before joining Hong Kong politics. He was the member of the Meeting Point a liberal party and was first elected to the North District Board in Choi Yuen with party mate Tik Chi-yuen. He became the founding member of the Democratic Party when the Meeting Point was merged with the United Democrats of Hong Kong.

He lost his seat in North District Council in the 1994 District Board elections to So Sai-chi of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB), who became his long-time rival in the area. He was nevertheless elected to the Regional Council in 1995 and served until it was abolished in 1999.

Legco member[edit]

Wong ran for the Legislative Council (Legco) in New Territories North in 1995 but lost to DAB's Cheung Hon-chung. He ran in New Territories East in the 1998 Legislative Council election, placing second on the list behind Andrew Cheng Kar-foo and helped Cheng to get elected. In the 2000 election, the Democratic Party split Cheng and Wong into two tickets to avoid wasting the votes as the electoral mechanism was largest remainder method and the strategy got them both elected with less votes.

He lost in 2004 through a weak electoral strategy as the all the pro-democratic candidates formed a combined party-list in the election, Wong was placed in fourth behind Andrew Cheng, Emily Lau Wai-hing and Ronny Tong Ka-wah who all got elected. Before that he also lost his seat in the District Council in 2003 as his changed his constituency to challenge So Sai-chi in Choi Yuen.

He returned to the Legco in 2008 in a successful strategic voting with Andrew Cheng. In June 2010, he voted with his party in favour of the government's 2012 constitutional reform package, which included the late amendment by the Democratic Party – accepted by the Beijing government – to hold a popular vote for five new District Council functional constituencies.[2] He also returned to North District Council in 2007 election, running in Shek Wu Hui. In 2011, he was defeated by So Sai-chi again in Choi Yuen.

Wong was defeated in the 2012 election, which left the Democratic Party only one representative in New Territories East, Emily Lau.

Gay rights[edit]

Wong is a evangelical Christian and a social conservative. He opposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Ordinance that would offer same-sex couples equal protection under the law on the grounds that the amendment would include same-sex relationships as if they were couples. He opposed the government would take actions go a step further to make laws which prohibited discrimination against the LGBT people.[3] This position give him as the same attitude with other pro-Beijing conservative members in Legco, such as Priscilla Leung. Wong's conservative stances on gay rights made him different with other pan-democrats, which many of them take liberal stances on social issues.

Third Side[edit]

In July 2015, Wong was expelled from the Democratic Party due to his defiance of the party line and clandestine proposal in support of the government's constitutional reform package, which was panned by pan-democrats for being "fake universal suffrage". He later set up a moderate party, the Third Side, with ex-Democrat Tik Chi-yuen which aimed for a middle-of-the-road approach between the pan-democrats and pro-Beijing camp. [4]

He ran in the 2015 District Council election in Fanling South in his North District base but was not elected. In 2016, he also ran in the Legislative Council by-election in New Territories East, receiving 17,295 votes, 4% of the total ballots and failed to return to the Legislative Council.[5] In July 2016, he left the Third Side to contest the Social Welfare constituency in the upcoming legislative election after failing to get the party's approval.[6] He received the fewest votes in the five-candidate contest. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Nelson. "黃成智個人檔案" [Nelson Wong Personal Profile]. Office of Wong Chi Sing District Councilor. Archived from the original on 21 December 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Cheers and jeers for political reform vote, SCMP, Gary Cheung, Albert Wong and Fanny WY Fung, 25 June 2010
  3. ^ Gay sex violence row hits Democrat
  4. ^ "New Hong Kong political party Third Side prepares to test its moderate stance in Legco elections". South China Morning Post. 29 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "2016 Legislative Council Geographical Constituency New Territories By-election - Election Result". Electoral Affairs Commission. 29 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "12 LegCo functional constituency seats automatically filled as nominees stand uncontested". Hong Kong Free Press. 30 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "2016 Legislative Election". 

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Cyd Ho
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
2000–2004
Succeeded by
James Tien
Preceded by
James Tien
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Ray Chan