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Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu (Chinese: 楊岳橋, born 5 June 1981) is a barrister and politician in Hong Kong. He is the current Leader of the Civic Party and member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing New Territories East after winning the 2016 by-election.


Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu
楊岳橋
Alvin Yeung 2017 1.jpg
Leader of the Civic Party
Assumed office
1 October 2016
Preceded byAlan Leong
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
29 February 2016
Preceded byRonny Tong
ConstituencyNew Territories East
Personal details
Born (1981-06-05) 5 June 1981 (age 38)
Hong Kong
NationalityCanadian (until 2012)
Hong Kong Chinese
Political partyCivic Party
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario (BA)
Peking University (LL.M.)
University of Bristol (MA)
OccupationBarrister
politician
Alvin Yeung
Traditional Chinese楊岳橋

BackgroundEdit

Yeung was born in Yuen Long, Hong Kong in 1981 as the only child to a restaurant owner and a jewellery dealer. Yeung and his parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1990s after the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.[1] Yeung graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in political science and obtained a master of laws in constitutional and administrative laws from the Peking University around 2003.

Political careerEdit

Inspired by the large-scale 2003 July 1 march, Yeung joined a group called "7.1 People Pile". He campaigned for Alan Leong Kah-kit, a barrister-turned-politician, in the 2004 Legislative Council election. In the following year, he joined the master of arts in legal studies programme at the University of Bristol and became a certified barrister in 2008.[1]

He joined the Civic Party in 2011 and ran in the 2011 District Council election in Tai Po Market but was defeated. He later elected to the Election Committee through the legal subsector in the 2011 Hong Kong Election Committee Subsector election. In 2012 Legislative Council election, he partnered with Ronny Tong Ka-wah to run in the New Territories East and successfully got Tong re-elected. He gave up his Canadian citizenship for the candidacy in the election.[2]

Yeung is currently chairman of the New Territories East branch of the party and member of the Appeal Panel (Housing),[3] and also co-host of the political talk-show "Teacup in a Storm" on D100 radio station.[1]

He was recommended by Ronny Tong when Tong resigned from the Legislative Council in June 2015 to take up the seat in the February by-election. He retained the seat for the Civic Party by defeating Beijing-loyalist Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) candidate Holden Chow Ho-ding and localist Hong Kong Indigenous candidate Edward Leung Tin-kei, receiving 160,880 votes in the New Territories East constituency.[4]

In the September general election, he sought re-election in New Territories East. From his position leading in opinion polls, he cooperated with Labour Party's Fernando Cheung and later on with other pan-democrat candidates to split the votes evenly to maximise the block's chances of winning seven out of the nine seats. The plan worked: he was re-elected with 52,416 votes, along with six other anti-establishment candidates. Following the election, he succeeded Alan Leong as party leader, in an acting capacity from 1 October and formally, through a party election, in November.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Zeng, Vivienne (24 August 2015). "Rising political leaders profile: Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu". Hong Kong Free Press.
  2. ^ "Hong Kong legislator Ronny Tong prepares successor, but who is Alvin Yeung?". South China Morning Post. 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ "YEUNG Ngok Kiu, Alvin". Civic Party.
  4. ^ "2016 Legislative Council Geographical Constituency New Territories By-election – Election Result". Electoral Affairs Commission. 29 February 2016.
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Ronny Tong
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories East
2016–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alan Leong
Leader of Civic Party
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Felix Chung
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Andrew Wan
Member of the Legislative Council