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Felix Chung Kwok-pan (Chinese: 鍾國斌, born 4 November 1963) is a current member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the Textiles and Garment constituency, representing the Liberal Party. He has also been the leader of the Liberal Party since 2016, after holding the position of chairman from 2014 to 2016.


Chung Kwok-pan
鍾國斌
Felix Chung 2015.jpg
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Preceded bySophie Leung
ConstituencyTextiles and Garment
Leader of the Liberal Party
Assumed office
7 October 2016
Preceded byVincent Fang
Chairman of the Liberal Party
In office
1 December 2014 – 7 October 2016
LeaderVincent Fang
Preceded bySelina Chow
Succeeded byTommy Cheung
Personal details
Born (1963-11-04) 4 November 1963 (age 55)
Hong Kong
NationalityHong Kong Chinese
Political partyLiberal Party (since 2009)
Alma materRobert Gordon University (BSc)
Stirling University (MBA)
OccupationLegislative Councillor
Merchant
Felix Chung
Traditional Chinese鍾國斌

Early careerEdit

He was born in 1963 to a garment business family who owns the Chungweiming Knitting Factory Limited. He was educated in Scotland, graduating from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a bachelor degree of science in 1986 and Stirling University with a degree of Master of Business Administration in 1988. He returned to Hong Kong in 1987 when he was 24 and joined a local surveying firm and later helped his father with his garment business of manufacturing wool knitwear and cotton knitted wear in 1988.[1]

He later became the chairman of the Hong Kong Apparel Society and challenged as an independent for the Textiles and Garment functional constituency against a long-time incumbent Sophie Leung of the Liberal Party in the 2008 Legislative Council election. Chung received 711 votes, as compared to Leung's 1,255 votes, who soon feel out with the Liberals and left with two other legislators to form the Economic Synergy.[1]

Legislative CouncillorEdit

He was invited by the Liberal Party honorary chairman James Tien to join the party in 2009. In the 2012 Legislative Council election, he challenged again in the same constituency against Henry Tan, CEO and president of Luen Thai Holdings, after Leung announced her retirement. He defeated Tan by 1,076 votes and took back the constituency for the Liberals. He became the vice-chairman after the election. When both James Tien and Selina Chow stepped down as party leader and chair, Chung was nominated to be the party vice-chairman on 1 December 2014.[1]

He engaged in a debate with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over Leung's "appropriately proactive" economic policies on newspaper in 2015. He thought that Leung abandoning the "positive non-interventionism" for "appropriately proactive" policies was worrisome, in which the "visible hand" would "go beyond the line".[2]

He retained his seat in the 2016 Legislative Council election by winning more than 75 percent of the votes. After the election, he succeeded the retiring Vincent Fang to become the leader of the Liberal Party.

He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Textile & Clothing Industries, a director of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong and a director of Hong Kong Brand Development Council. He was also a member of the 9th Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in 1998.[3] He has also been member of the Election Committee since 2006.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "After Occupy, Liberal Party head seeks middle ground in divided Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "香港經濟轉捩點:當「積極不干預」撞上「適度有為」". The Initium]. 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Hanbo.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Sophie Leung
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Textiles and Garment
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Selina Chow
Vice-Chairperson of the Liberal Party
2012–2014
Served alongside: Vincent Fang
Succeeded by
Peter Shiu
Chairman of the Liberal Party
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Tommy Cheung
Preceded by
Vincent Fang
Leader of the Liberal Party
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lo Wai-kwok
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Alvin Yeung
Member of the Legislative Council