Roy Kwong

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Kwong Chun-yu
鄺俊宇
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Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2016
Preceded byAlbert Ho
ConstituencyDistrict Council (Second)
Personal details
Born (1983-02-09) 9 February 1983 (age 36)
Hong Kong
Political partyDemocratic Party
OccupationDistrict Councillor
ProfessionSocial worker

Roy Kwong Chun-yu (Chinese: 鄺俊宇; born 9 February 1983) is a Hong Kong politician and novelist. He is member of the Democratic Party and member of the Yuen Long District Council for Pek Long. He became member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in 2016 through the District Council (Second) "super seat".

Biography[edit]

Prior to entering politics, Kwong worked in a youth centre in Long Ping Estate, Yuen Long. In 2004 he became a community officer for Democratic Party's Yuen Long District Councillor Zachary Wong and subsequently joined the party.[1]

In 2007 District Council elections, 24-year-old Kwong ran in Pek Long of the Yuen Long District Council, defeating a veteran pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) incumbent Chan Siu-kay.[1] He went on to be re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

As a 25-year-old, Kwong became the youngest candidate in the 2008 Legislative Council election, running in New Territories West with Cheung Yin-tung but was not elected. In the 2012 Legislative Council election, he ran with party chairman Albert Ho in the territory-wide District Council (Second) “super seat” and successfully helped Ho to be elected. In September 2016, he will succeed outgoing Albert Ho in contesting the District Council (Second) “super seat” in the Legislative Council election along with veteran James To.[2]

Kwong is also a romantic fiction writer. He published his successful debut book Love You Like the First Time We Met in 2014. His second book, There is a Kind of Happiness Called Forgetting, sold more than 10,000 copies at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair in the same year. He also drew attention online after he published a short love essay entitled "The Last Time You Get" on Whatsapp on the internet in 2012. Kwong had attracted over 92,000 "likes" on Facebook since the essay.[3] Up to 2015, he has published seven romantic novels. His peculiar writing style is imitated and called “Kwong-style”.[4]

In the 2016 Legislative Council election, he became a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong through the District Council (Second) "super seat", in which he won nearly 500,000 votes, the largest votes ever to be received by a ticket. He was once considered as a marginal candidate in the election according to the election poll. However, the weaker pro-democracy candidates from Civic Party, Neo Democrats and ADPL openly suspended their election campaign in order to secure the third super seat of the Pro-democracy camp. Besides, he was recommended by Benny Tai's ThunderGo plan. As a result, Kwong was elected with a record-breaking number of popular votes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "年青人如何在區選突圍--訪問鄺俊宇". inmediahk. 22 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Democratic Party lines up young guns to fight Hong Kong Legco elections". South China Morning Post. 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "'Slow Beat' says he's found his true love". South China Morning Post. 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Romance author Roy Kwong wants Hong Kong's Legislative Council to tell a better story". South China Morning Post. 20 July 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Chan Siu-kay
Member of Yuen Long District Council
Representative for Pek Long
2008–present
Incumbent
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Albert Ho
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for District Council (Second)
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Cheng Chung-tai
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Jeremy Tam
Member of the Legislative Council