An outspoken “Young Turk” in the rural community, legislator-elect Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, has called for a cap on the number of terms someone can sit on the Heung Yee Kuk as he echoed calls for reform by activist-turned-legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick . Ho, 54, who himself became a kuk ex-officio member in July because of his appointment as a New Territories Justice of the Peace, said as a first step kuk membership by such justices should not be lifelong. But the leader of Leung Tin Tsuen village in Tuen Mun argued that such minor defects should not be blown out of proportion by kuk critics. Chu made overhauling the kuk a major theme of his election campaign. He blamed the kuk, which represents the interests of indigenous villagers, for being the source of many New Territories problems. He said there was a possible loophole for the government to intervene in rural affairs by appointing New Territories Justices of the Peace. Hong Kong rural leader says opponents exploited ‘public misunderstanding’ in housing development controversy “I have no problem with capping the number of terms a Justice of the Peace can serve the kuk,” Ho said. “We rural people are open-minded. There is no reform that is not negotiable. But we should do it in the proper way.” We rural people are open-minded. There is no reform that is not negotiable Junius Ho, Legco member-elect He questioned whether kuk critics had ever done research, consulted the public or lobbied the rural body or the government for support. “They are like shouting abuse outside your home, saying your home’s interior design is bad and demand you renovate your home immediately,” Ho said. “Is it the proper way? If I were the homeowner, I would simply say it’s none of your business.” Regarded as a reformist in the rural community, Ho raised the idea of shaking up the kuk last year. In an interview with the Post , he said the kuk was “pretty stagnant” and needed “new blood” to refresh it. He also suggested imposing a cap on the number of terms the kuk chairman can serve. He said he would be pleased to meet Chu and any interested parties to discuss the kuk’s reform. Ho won a seat in New Territories West with 35,657 votes. Chu grabbed a seat in the same constituency with 84,121 votes. The rural leader stood for a seat representing the legal functional constituency in the 2008 Legislative Council elections and then competed in the New Territories West constituency in 2012. He was defeated on both occasions. There were rumours that he was offered support by Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, which pan-democrats accuse of interfering with elections. “I am independent. [My victory in the election] has nothing to do with the Beijing liaison office,” Ho said, adding: “I maintain working relations with many people. We live in Hong Kong and Hong Kong is part of China and the main work of the liaison office is to liaise with people. So, what is the problem of us keeping in contact with the office?” Why a shift in political fault lines threatens Hong Kong’s rural power brokers Ho also said some localist legislators-elect were being “immature” for vowing to boycott meetings with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and mainland officials. “As elected public representatives, it is their job to meet people to exchange views. You are serving the people, not yourselves. You don’t treat it like turning down a party invitation because you dislike the host,” Ho said. He said he saw himself as a “down-to-earth doer” and would not mind cooperating with whoever, including pan-democrats or localists, to get things done.