Tam Yiu-chung

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tam.
The Honourable
Tam Yiu-chung
Tam Yiu-chung.jpg
Tam in the Legislative Council Complex in 2015
Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
In office
28 August 2007 – 17 April 2015
Preceded by Ma Lik
Succeeded by Starry Lee
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
2 July 1998 – 30 September 2016
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Eddie Chu
Constituency New Territories West
In office
30 October 1985 – 31 July 1995
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Cheng Yiu-tong
Constituency Labour
In office
21 December 1996 – 30 June 1998
(Provisional Legislative Council)
Preceded by New parliament
Succeeded by Parliament abolished
Non-official Member of the Executive Council
In office
Appointed by Tung Chee-hwa
Preceded by New council
Succeeded by Tsang Yok-sing
Personal details
Born (1949-12-15) 15 December 1949 (age 67)
Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Political party DAB
Other political
Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU)
Spouse(s) Lai Xiang-ming
Residence Hong Kong
Alma mater Australian National University
London Metropolitan University
Occupation Legislative Councillor
Trade unionists
Tam Yiu-chung
Traditional Chinese 譚耀宗
Simplified Chinese 谭耀宗

Tam Yiu-chung, GBM, JP (born 15 December 1949, Hong Kong) is a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the New Territories West constituency from 1998 to 2016. He was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2002. He was the chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) from 2007 to 2015.


Tam was born in a Hakka family of Huiyang ancestry. In 1968, when he was a 19-year-old window display designer, he joined a retail union. He later rose to be the vice-chairman in 1975 and become one of the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, the largest pro-Communist trade union in Hong Kong, with Cheng Yiu-tong in 1982. In 1985, he was first elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in the first ever Legislative Council election as a Labour representative.[1] He was also appointed to the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee which responsible for the drafting of the mini-constitution of Hong Kong after 1997.

In 1992, he co-founded the pro-Beijing party the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) with other local pro-Communist leaders. He became the founding vice-chairman of the party. In the 1995 Legislative Council elections, he gave up his Legislative Council seat in the labour constituency to fight for the Kowloon Southeast, one of 18 geographical constituencies elected by the public at large, but narrowly defeated by the Demcoratic Party candidate Fred Li Wah-ming, finishing a little over 2,000 votes behind.[1]

In 1996, he was elected to the Provisional Legislative Council tightly controlled by Beijing on the eve of the unification by the 400-strong Selection Committee. In the first SAR Legislative Council election, he was elected through the New Territories West.[1]

In 1997, he was appointed by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to the Executive Council which he served until 2002. He was also appointed chairman of the Elderly Commission from 1997 to 2005.[1] In 1999, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the government.

After the 2003 District Council election the DAB's disastrous performance, the party chairman Tsang Yok-sing resigned from his office and succeeded by Ma Lik. He was re-elected to become the vice-chairman for the second time. In 2007, after being acting chairman for the preceding three weeks, he succeeded Ma Lik who died of cancer to become the party chairman. In February 2015, he announced that he will step down as DAB chairman to open the door for a new generation of leaders.[1] On 17 April 2015, Starry Lee Wai-king succeeded Tam in the party's leadership election.

Tam Yiu-chung is also a Hong Kong deputy to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference since 2003, member of the Board of Directors of International Social Service-HK for providing refugee support on behalf of HK Government.[1]

Tam studied Adult Education at Australian National University and Trade Union Studies at the London Metropolitan University. He is married with two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cheung, Tony (8 February 2015). "Outgoing DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung looks to a new generation". South China Morning Post. 

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New constituency Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Labour
Served alongside: Pang Chun-hoi
Succeeded by
Cheng Yiu-tong
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
Replaced by Legislative Council
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West
Succeeded by
Eddie Chu
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ma Lik
Chairman of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Starry Lee
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Li Dak-sum
Recipients of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Chan Wing-kee
Recipients of the Grand Bauhinia Medal