Lau Wong-Fat

Chief secretary takes case for landfill expansion to Tuen Mun councillors

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left) and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing take questions at a Tuen Mun district council meeting on Thursday.  Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Thursday met Tuen Mun district councillors in a last-ditch effort by the government to rally support for a controversial landfill extension plan.

Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 9:50pm

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

Only time can tell what to make of this 'wicked' lot

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat draws fortune sticks for Hong Kong in Che Kung Temple. Photo: Felix Wong

In the annual ceremony at Sha Tin's Che Kung temple, Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat drew a stick bearing the number 95. The message on the stick, loosely translated, read: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial examination? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

18 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

It's time for Hong Kong to make its own luck

Annual Taoist ritual to pick Hong Kong's fortune stick at the Che Kung Temple should be let go of. Photo: Felix Wong

No matter how one spins these fortune sticks at the Che Kung Temple, as Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat tried to, this is one of those "rituals" we need to let go of.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:59pm 1 comment

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

A Bad Week for ... , February 17, 2013

Lau Wong-fat

Lau Wong-fat put Hongkongers on edge when he picked out one of the most unlucky sticks possible in a Taoist ceremony to predict the city's fortunes for the year.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am

Taoist omen warns Hongkongers to beware of 'wicked people'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat. Photo: Felix Wong

A stick bearing the number 95 was drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat at Sha Tin's Che Kung Temple in the annual ritual. The prediction for stick 95 says: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial exam? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

12 Feb 2013 - 9:39am 3 comments

Hong Kong tougher than any snake

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's first policy speech last month paved the way for better development. Photo: Felix Wong

The Year of the Snake does not stand out as a particularly auspicious one in the Chinese zodiac. Yet Hongkongers and other Chinese communities around the world have ushered in the new lunar year with the usual fanfare. As the Dragon fades away, with the woes it delivered last year, we pray that the Snake slithers in with more blessings.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

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

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

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

Several old faces to stay on in Exco under Leung

At least four members of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's Executive Council have been invited to serve incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying, the South China Morning Post has learned.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Minister robbing villagers of rights, says kuk

Angry Heung Yee Kuk leaders yesterday accused the development chief of 'robbing villagers of their fundamental rights' by advocating an end to the small-house policy in the New Territories.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk chairman calls truce with Lam

Rural leader Lau Wong-fat and likely next chief secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor tried to cool an intensifying public debate on the New Territories small-house policy, triggered after Lam said it was time to draw a line for an end to the policy.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk turnaround raises questions

The row over illegal structures took a new twist after the powerful Heung Yee Kuk decided to call off a mass protest against a government crackdown. The kuk also urged villagers to register smaller fixtures in return for a temporary reprieve under a voluntary declaration system. The U-turn is a pleasant surprise amid an increasingly charged political atmosphere.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am