16 September 2019
Regina Leung has graciously accepted a new term as president of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. Photo: HKEJ
Regina Leung has graciously accepted a new term as president of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. Photo: HKEJ

Regina Leung beats husband CY in winning second term

Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying had wanted a second term and fought mightily hard for it, but in the absence of an endorsement from Beijing, he later decided not to push through with his plans, citing family reasons.

But that doesn’t apply to his wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, who stands to make history by winning another term as president of the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association, the largest female youth organization in the city.

For about a century, the association, based on its charter, has always appointed the spouse of the incumbent chief executive – or governor during the colonial era – to the position.

But after Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor succeeded CY Leung as Hong Kong leader, she gave word that her husband Lam Siu-por, a self-effacing mathematics professor, would not be taking up any public post.

And so Regina Leung has graciously accepted her reappointment to the Girl Guides Association, which is subject to the board’s approval in November, news portal reports. She is the 16th head of the group.

Established in 1919, the association aims to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world, living by the 6Cs – character, creativity, citizenship, communication, collaboration and commitment.

It is one of the 146 member organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Its activities will culminate with the annual parade and awards presentation, which will be held this November at the Mong Kok Stadium. During the program, the association will try to set a new Guinness World Record by organizing the “largest martial arts lesson” to celebrate the 101st anniversary of HK Guiding.

In an earlier press briefing, officials of the association said in case there were no lady president, the executive committee would recommend one. The candidate only needs to be a Hong Kong resident who is willing to promote girl guides’ activities with no gender bias.

Now, assuming Carrie Lam will serve as chief executive for 10 years, which is not a remote possibility, considering that she can cope with the rigors of the job like working 16 hours a day, just like her predecessors, then Regina Leung could very well match the record of Lady Maclehose, who presided over the association from 1971 to 1982.

That’s why it is very likely that Leung, along with her husband who has reinvented himself as ambassador of Beijing’s Belt and Road as well as Greater Bay Area initiatives, is hoping that Lam will seek a second term.

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EJ Insight writer