Heung Yee Kuk

Kuk judicial review threat over country park plan

A Heung Yee Kuk concern group plans to file a judicial review against the government's decision to fold a private enclave on Sai Kung's Tai Long Wan coast into the surrounding country park.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 5:45am

A monument-to-be for pillar of society

Fat Tat Tong was built in 1933 by four brothers, one of whom helped pave way for the Heung Yee Kuk

The home of a man who helped set up the forerunner to the powerful Heung Yee Kuk looks set to become a monument. Fat Tat Tong - meaning "mansion of wealth" - hits all the high standards required for statutory protection, according to a paper submitted to the Antiquities Advisory Board yesterday.

13 Apr 2013 - 3:57am

Villagers' long struggle home may be near end

Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat

The displaced villagers of Tsoi Yuen Tsuen should be able to start building their new homes before June, Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat said as fresh negotiations were being planned yesterday.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:57am

Rural chief urges 'generous approach' to tackling issues in New Territories

At a Heung Yee Kuk reception are (front, from left) Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, Carrie Lam, Lau Wong-fat, Zhang Xiaoming and Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: Edward Wong

Lau Wong-fat said he appreciated efforts made by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration, but he hoped a "generous approach" would be taken to tackling some of the thorny issues affecting rural residents.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 2 comments

Talking points


Liaison chief meets Heung Yee Kuk

16 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

Fortune stick warns of political, economic challenges

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat prepares to draw a fortune stick in a Taoist fortune-telling ceremony on Monday morning at Che Kung Temple in Tai Wai. Photo: Felix Wong

Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk, drew a stick of the worst category at Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin.

11 Feb 2013 - 7:00pm 1 comment

Small-house moves worthy of Machiavelli

There is no real hope of reversing the small-house policy. Photo: Edward Wong

Perhaps town and country just don't get along. This may be why urbanites like yours truly are always picking on the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural body that represents indigenous villagers in the New Territories.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 6 comments

CY lacks stomach to fight the kuk

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying lacks stomach to fight the Heung Yee Kuk. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

There was tough talk about ending the small-house policy in the New Territories when Leung Chun-ying was running for chief executive. Now, you wonder if the government hasn't given in. Leung still says it can't go on forever but does not point to a way out. The latest from development chief Paul Chan Mo-po is that it's "a complex issue that needs to be reviewed".

23 Jan 2013 - 1:51am 7 comments

200,000 village houses face warnings on illegal structures

Illegal structures at Ho Chung New Village in Sai Kung. Photo: Edward Wong

Buildings Department officers will this week begin handing out as many as 200,000 warnings and demolition orders to the owners of village houses with illegal structures.

30 Dec 2012 - 1:23pm 11 comments

Heung Yee Kuk chief Lau Wong-fat softens on 2047 end to housing right

Lau Wong-fat

The chief of the powerful rural affairs body has softened his opposition to the idea of scrapping in 2047 a policy that allows male indigenous villagers in the New Territories to build three-storey houses.

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat expressed willingness yesterday to consider abolishing the decades-old policy in 2047, which would mark 50 years after the handover.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:30am 3 comments

Can anyone get through to Carrie Lam?

Villagers and concern groups held a protest against the land resumption of North East New Territories New Development Areas in Sheung Shui.

A public forum on the plan to develop 787 hectares of land descended into chaos on Saturday as 6,000 people turned up, many to protest. But Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the development was needed to meet the city's housing needs.

SCMP, September 24


11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 11 comments

Why the gasp of alarm over dirty pools but not polluted air?

Miss World 2012 entrants bring Ordos in Inner Mongolia to life.

A local newspaper has drawn attention to the level of bacteria in seven public swimming pools because they exceed what are considered as safe limits. According to the Oriental Daily, two swimming pools - Lai Chi Kok Park and Chai Wan - have bacteria levels five times higher than is considered safe. The bacteria includes E coli.

16 Aug 2012 - 4:54am

Lau left Exco post 'to handle kuk row'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat said yesterday that he had declined an offer to stay as an Executive Council member under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying so he could focus on handling conflicts over unauthorised structures in the New Territories.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk urged to solve village eviction row

Villagers threatened with eviction from homes that have been in their families for decades have called on the Heung Yee Kuk to step in to solve the dispute.

Seven families are fighting a bid by indigenous villager Man Fong-hang to move them from land in Mai Po Lung Village that he claims to own.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Special committee of experts can look into all aspects of small-house policy

The remarks on the small-house policy made by Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor while still development secretary, shortly before she became chief secretary, sparked considerable controversy. She raised the prospect of terminating the policy by 2029.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm