Party leader fought for equality for decades

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am

More than two decades after the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood was set up, Frederick Fung Kin-kee remains the party's only legislator.

Mr Fung - deputy chairman when the party was formed in 1986 on a platform of improving the livelihood of the less fortunate, and its chairman from 1989 until now - was one of the few pan-democrats to be honoured in last year's awards list. He received the Silver Bauhinia Star for his contributions to community affairs.

He has been fighting for social equality since the late 1970s as part of the Society for Community Organisation. A member of the Sham Shui Po District Council from 1983, he won a directly elected seat on the council five years later.

Mr Fung gained a directly elected seat on the Legislative Council in 1991, but failed to hold it in 1998 amid heavy criticism of the party's stance of communicating with Beijing.

He regained his seat in 2000, but the party has failed to secure even one more seat despite expanding its power base in several district councils.