Date
28 May 2017
Kenneth Lau (left) is shown with his father Lau Wong-fat (center). The elder Lau is retiring from the Heung Yee Kuk after 35 years. Photo: HKEJ
Kenneth Lau (left) is shown with his father Lau Wong-fat (center). The elder Lau is retiring from the Heung Yee Kuk after 35 years. Photo: HKEJ

Retiring Heung Yee Kuk chief passing torch to son

A long-serving village elder is expected to be succeeded by his son when he steps down as chairman of the rural council.

Heung Yee Kuk chief Lau Wong-fat, 78, wrote the council about his plan to retire after 35 years, saying he will not seek reelection, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

The Heung Yee Kuk is a statutory advisory body representing Hong Kong’s New Territories in the Legislative Council.

The rural body is due to elect its chairman and vice chairman on Monday after sub-district elections earlier this year.

Lau, a billionaire landowner, has been in and out of hospital recently and seldom attends Legco meetings.

He was widely expected to win reelection despite his failing health.

Kenneth Lau, his elder son, is tipped to succeed him as rural chief, sources said.

The younger Lau serves on China’s highest political advisory body and is a member of the Hong Kong Business and Professionals Alliance.

He is backed by Heung Yee Kuk vice chairmen Cheung Hok-ming and Lam Wai-keung.

Lau filed his candidacy with the Home Affairs Department Friday morning. 

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