Date
20 September 2017
Elsie Tu devoted her energies to fighting for Hong Kong's poor and underprivileged. Photo: HKEJ
Elsie Tu devoted her energies to fighting for Hong Kong's poor and underprivileged. Photo: HKEJ

Veteran politician Elsie Tu dies at 102

Veteran Hong Kong politician Elsie Tu died Tuesday at the United Christian Hospital, public broadcaster RTHK reported Tuesday.

She was 102 and had a lung infection.

Tu was born Elsie Hume to a working-class family in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

In 1946, she married her first husband, William Elliott, and arrived in Hong Kong with him as a missionary in 1951. They later divorced.

She and Andrew Tu co-founded Mu Kuang English School in 1954 to provide education and assistance to schoolchildren from grass-roots families.

Elsie was 72 when she married him in 1985.

Dr. Judith Mackay, a good friend of Elsie Tu’s, said she was known for her vocal opposition to corruption, as well as her work on behalf of the underprivileged.

Elsie Tu served as an elected member of the Urban Council of Hong Kong from 1963 to 1995, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1988 to 1995, and a member of the provisional Legislative Council between 1997 and 1998.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying paid tribute to the former lawmaker and expressed profound sadness over her death.

He also praised her passion and devotion to Hong Kong and her tremendous contributions to social reform and development.

Martin Lee, a co-founder of the Democratic Party, dubbed Tu the pioneer of Hong Kong democracy and urged people not to forget her contributions.

Emily Lau Wai-hing, the party’s chairwoman, expressed her condolences, saying Tu had been a voice for the poor and an outspoken critic of the colonial government and corruption.

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