Barrister prepares to fill veteran's shoes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2012, 12:00am


A young barrister is preparing to fill the shoes of veteran legal sector lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee.

Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, one of the founding members of the Civic Party, said he was 'actively considering' running for the seat because incumbent Ng - a party colleague who has represented the sector since 1995 - will not seek re-election in September's Legislative Council election.

The 34-year-old barrister's participation in politics began in 2006 when he volunteered to help Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah. He then won a seat in the legal subsector of the Election Committee - which chooses the chief executive - in 2006 and 2011.

However, he failed in his first attempt at gaining political office last year - when he ran for a district council seat in Southern District.

Kwok admitted that he is rather green at politics and would face an uphill battle if he runs in the September election.

'I would be seen as a less experienced, and young, candidate ... it will be an uphill challenge,' Kwok said. It was difficult to guess, he said, whether Ng's supporters in the 2008 election would vote for him this year.

'Margaret has been such a marvellous legislator and set a very high standard for any successor,' Kwok said. He called her a 'true parliamentarian' who upheld her political positions with persistence and integrity.

Kwok vowed to continue upholding the rule of law and democracy, and said he was confident voters would support him since he shares Ng's political thinking.

If elected, he would ask for guidance from Ng and other senior figures.

The legal sector is seen as a stronghold of the pan-democrats.