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Jeremy Jansen Tam Man-ho (traditional Chinese: 譚文豪; simplified Chinese: 谭文豪; born 13 June 1975) is an airline pilot and he was the Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Civic Party's Kowloon East Branch.[1][2] He is a member of the Legislative Council representing Kowloon East, having been elected in the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election.


Jeremy Tam Man-ho
譚文豪
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Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2016
Preceded byAlan Leong
ConstituencyKowloon East
Personal details
Born (1975-06-13) 13 June 1975 (age 44)
Hong Kong
Political partyCivic Party
Alma materPentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School
University of Queensland
University of New South Wales
ProfessionPilot
Websitewww.jeremytam.hk

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BackgroundEdit

Mr Tam grew up in Hong Kong, and his ancestral hometown is Guangzhou, Guang dong Province. Tam graduated with honours from the University of Queensland, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical and Space Engineering. Jeremy Tam said his great grandparents and grandfather moved to Hong Kong to escape from political prosecution in Mainland China.[3] He then attended the University of New South Wales in Australia, where he graduated with a Master's degree in Transport Engineering.[4] He became the first Chinese person to serve on the executive committee of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, the Cathay Pacific pilots' union and an organisation committed to fighting for the equal pay and fair treatment of Chinese and foreign pilots, aircraft parking regulations, energy conservation, and environmental protection initiatives in the airline industry.[5]

In 2013, Tam created a Facebook page for sharing aviation knowledge and communicating with the media about issues in the airline industry.[6][7] In 2014, Tam released his first book, an introduction to the airline industry and a guide to becoming a pilot.[8] He donated the royalty income from the book to the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps to establish a scholarship to allow young people to attend flight school. Over that year, Tam also co-produced a 13-episode series titled "Uncovering the Aviation Accident Mysteries," which aired on Radio Television Hong Kong.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Tam is married with two children, a son and a daughter.

Airport baggage incidentEdit

In the early hours of 28 March 2016, Leung Chung-yan, the daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, became embroiled in a controversy at Hong Kong International Airport. Leung Chung-yan had reportedly left her hand baggage in the departure hall after she had passed through the security checkpoint to board a flight for San Francisco. According to Apple Daily, witnesses alleged that his wife Regina Tong, who accompanied her daughter to the airport, engaged in a lengthy argument with airport staff to have staff reunite her daughter with her missing bag. Staff insisted on upholding procedure, which required that the passenger exit the secured zone to recover the missing item and pass through security again. Leung Chung-yan reportedly telephoned her father to seek help in resolving the impasse. The phone was given to airline staff, who brought Leung her bag, making clear that they had made an exception to procedure. Leung boarded her flight minutes later.[10] Leung Chun-ying denied that he had abused his power by ordering airline staff to retrieve Chung-yan's bag in violation of security guidelines. Following the news of the incident, the Airport Authority Hong Kong issued a statement stating that it was not against existing procedure for someone other than the passenger to retrieve any missing baggage from airport security and bring it into the restricted area after a security check.[11]

In response, Tam launched an online petition, calling the incident a serious violation of airport security guidelines and claiming that Leung Chun-Ying had abused his power as Chief Executive, thereby setting a dangerous precedent for future incidents. The petition accrued over 36,000 signatures. Tam then submitted the jointly signed petition to three international aviation organisations: the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airports Council International (ACI), of which Hong Kong International Airport is a member, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with which a number of airlines have business.[12][13] Tam also submitted the petition to two United States aviation agencies, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), because Leung Chun-yan's flight landed in San Francisco.[14]

Two months after the petition had been submitted, the ICAO had not given Tam a response. Tam travelled to ICAO's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Thailand to personally resubmit the petition to an ICAO officer to be delivered to the ICAO Secretary-General.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Tam became involved in politics when he joined the historic 2003 1 July protests, which drew more than 500,000 people against the legislation of the Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23. He followed his role model, legislator Margaret Ng to join the Civic Party, which derived from the Article 45 Concern Group emerged from the 2003 protests.[15]

In 2007, Tam ran as an independent candidate to represent Tung Chung North in that year's District Council elections.[16] In subsequent elections, he ran as a Civic Party candidate, first in 2011 to represent Tung Chung North in its District Council,[17] then in 2012 to represent Kowloon East in the Legislative Council.[18] In 2015, Tam ran in the Laguna City District Council election, also being the only candidate failing to get a seat with over 3,000 votes.[19] Tam stood in the 2012 Legislative Council election to represent Kowloon East on the second place of the Civic Party's list after party leader Alan Leong and helped secure Leong's re-election. In the 2016 Legislative Council Election, Leong stepped down to the second place on the list to stand behind Tam.[15]

In 2014, Tam became the Vice-Chairman of the Civic Party's Kowloon East Branch. Tam has expressed concerns about transportation, environmental protection, land planning, and animal rights issues.

In the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election, he was elected through Kowloon East.

WorksEdit

  • 逆風飛揚─民航機師手記 [Flying Against the Wind─A Civil Aircraft Officer's Notes]. Economic Daily Press. 2014. ISBN 9789626788325.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeremy Tam Man Ho | 公民黨 – 公道自在民心 Civic Party – The Civic Way, The Fairer Way". www.civicparty.hk. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ 指種族歧視 同工不同酬國泰300華人機師杯葛花車巡遊. Apple Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. ^ RTHK programme: Politics and Legislative Council: 27 October 2016 Chi.
  4. ^ "Jeremy Tam | LinkedIn". linkedin.com. Retrieved 4 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ ""Cry out against injustice" is the entry requirement for pilots". hkctu.org.hk. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ 隔牆有耳:數《衝2》錯處 譚文豪勁呃Like. Apple Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  7. ^ 有線寬頻 i-CABLE:機師質疑中港能否做到共享空域. cablenews.i-cable.com. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  8. ^ 《逆風飛揚──民航機師手記》. etpress.com.hk. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  9. ^ 香港電台網站: 社區參與廣播時段:拆解航空奇案 [Community Involvement Broadcast: Uncover the Aviation Accident Mysteries]. RTHK. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Leung accused of misusing power to help daughter at airport". 7 April 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Lawmaker calls for 'bag-gate' investigation as Airport Authority and CY's family deny wrongdoing". Hong Kong Free Press. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Pilot's petition for probe into Bag-gate gets 29,000 signatures". 11 April 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  13. ^ "譚文豪促聯署3國際組織查機管局有否違規". news.memehk.com. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  14. ^ "【特首特辦?】譚文豪發起聯署獲3.6萬簽名 再交予兩間美國航空機構 (22:20) – 20160415 – 港聞". 即時新聞 instant news. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b "High-flying Hong Kong pilot looks to stay down to earth with Kowloon East poll bid for Civic Party". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  16. ^ "District Council Election results (0430)". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  17. ^ "2011 District Councils Election – Election Results (Islands)". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  18. ^ "2012 LegCo Election – Election Results". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  19. ^ "2015 District Councils Election – Election Results". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Alan Leong
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon East
2016–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Kwong Chun-yu
Member of the Legislative Council
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Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Gary Fan
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