16 July 2019
Heung Yee Kuk will field its own candidates in the upcoming Legislative Council elections. Photo: HKEJ
Heung Yee Kuk will field its own candidates in the upcoming Legislative Council elections. Photo: HKEJ

Kuk slams pro-Beijing camp for failing to fight for villagers

Heung Yee Kuk criticized the pro-establishment camp for failing to fight for the interests of indigenous inhabitants in the New Territories after getting their support in the past district and legislative council elections.

Kenneth Lau Yip-keung, newly installed chairman of the Kuk, also said the group will field its own candidates in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

Lau succeeded his father Lau Wong-fat, who resigned from the post after 35 years of service.

His comments are part of a report he submitted to the group after visiting 27 rural regions in the New Territories.

Lau said the Kuk will exert pressure on the government to protect their rights under the New Territories Small House Policy, which allows indigenous villagers to build houses in the district. 

In his report, the pro-establishment camp was assailed for “having betrayed the mutual trust and destroying a consensus” with the Kuk.

Ming Pao reporters learned that Kuk representatives met with Yuen Long district councillors Kwong Chun-yu and Wong Wai-yin, both from the Democratic Party, at a dinner on Nov. 27 last year.

It is believed that they have agreed to nominate Shum Ho-kit, who is close to the Kuk, as chairman of the Yuen Long District Council on Jan. 5, when Leung Che-cheung, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, would be seeking re-election.

Lau’s report will be submitted d to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after the Kuk’s executive committee meet on Jan. 19 to decide whether or not to publicize its content.

Both Kwong and Wong admitted to Ming Pao that they were present at the November dinner.

Kwong said representatives from different political parties were at the table, but there were no representatives from the DAB and the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.

Kwong refused to name who were present that night but insisted it was just a dinner with co-workers after the district council election and not a “rural committee political dinner”.

Kwong and Wong said they would not vote for Leung Che-cheung to become the chairman of the Yuen Long District Council.

Rural strongman Leung Fuk-yuen, who was captured in a video footage obtained by the Ming Pao Daily News to be present at the November 27 dinner, said he could not recall the dinner.

He admitted to have nominated Shum Ho-kit as the new chairman of the Legislative Council as he is an old acceptance of Shum’s father.

Leung said Shum Ho-kit would be an ideal candidate as he has no political affiliation and is not an indigenous inhabitant.

In response, Leung Che-cheung said he has secured 21 votes in the race to become chairman of the District Council and is confident he can seek a second term.

He revealed that most of his support are political party votes, which are relatively more difficult to sway as political parties have their restraints.

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