Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has appointed five new members of the Council of Lingnan University, three of which are considered to be pro-Beijing figures.

Their terms will start on October 22 for a period of three years. Under the Lingnan University Ordinance, the Chief Executive can appoint 18 members out of the 33 seats of the Council.

Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, one of the appointed members, was former chairman of Tuen Mun Rural Committee, former member of the executive committee of Heung Yee Kuk and former president of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Junius Ho Kwan-yiu
Junius Ho Kwan-yiu. File

In April, Ho spoke out against a Lingnan University concert which featured the song “Fuck The Police.”

He said that the event organiser, the Lingnan University Student Union, should be dismissed. If they were not, the government should cite the Lingnan University Ordinance, straighten up the management of the university and stop funding the Student Union, he added.

He later said in May that the “threatening and insulting” lyrics “broke the public order ordinance.”

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Ho also opposed the pro-democracy Occupy protests last year, and set up a “Protect Central” campaign to help small businesses reclaim losses incurred from the protest through the Small Claims Tribunal. He said that the police’s actions against protesters were restrained, and that the Occupy co-founders, including Benny Tai, should be arrested as soon as possible.

Ho also opposed the recent “anti-smuggling” protests.

He was set to run in the district council election in Tuen Mun against Democratic Party’s Albert Ho Chun-yan.

Maggie Chan Man-ki
Maggie Chan Man-ki. File

Another appointee is Maggie Chan Man-ki, a district councillor of the pro-Beijing DAB Party. She helped a minibus company apply for injunctions to clear the Mong Kok Occupy protest site in November last year.

Chan was appointed by the government as a Justice of Peace in July and joined the World War II anniversary commemoration events in Beijing in October.

Michael Ngai Ming-tak, also appointed by the Chief Executive, was a CPPCC member and chairman of Red Capital Group.

Other appointed members were Anthea Lo Wing-sze and Armstrong Lee Hon-cheung.

Former Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung was also re-appointed.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.