Margaret Ng

Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee [1] (Chinese: 吳靄儀) is a politician, barrister, writer and columnist in Hong Kong. She was a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1995–2012.


Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee
Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee in March 2018.png
Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
In office
11 October 1995 – 30 June 1997
Preceded bySimon Ip
Succeeded byReplaced by Provisional Legislative Council
In office
1 July 1998 – 30 September 2012
Preceded byNew parliament
Succeeded byDennis Kwok
Personal details
Born (1948-01-25) 25 January 1948 (age 72)
Tai Wai, New Territories, British Hong Kong
Alma materUniversity of Hong Kong (BA, MA, P.C.LL.)
University of Cambridge (BA)
Boston University (PhD)
Margaret Ng
Traditional Chinese吳靄儀

In every legislative election held since the creation of the Hong Kong SAR, Ng has been returned with resounding majorities to represent the Legal Functional Constituency. Ng belongs to the Basic Law Article 45 Concern Group (the former Basic Law Article 23 Concern Group), a pro-democratic organization which has specifically campaigned against the efforts of the pro-Beijing administration to abridge the civil liberties of Hong Kong residents. Ng is also an executive committee member of the Civic Party.


Before entering legal practice, Margaret Ng worked at the University of Hong Kong and Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan Chase). She also held senior positions in journalism, serving as publisher and deputy editor-in-chief of the Ming Pao newspaper; and as columnist for South China Morning Post.

Besides being a lawyer and journalist of profound experience and acumen, Ng is also an accomplished expert in the fields of philosophy and literature. She has written several volumes of critical studies on the wuxia novels of Jin Yong and earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Boston University.

She appeared in a BBC documentary, The Last Governor, which followed Chris Patten and the last years of British rule in Hong Kong.

Like many politicians from the Pan-democrat camp, Ng is denied entry into the Mainland. On 12 September 1999, she was barred travel there to attend a conference on China's constitution.[2]


On 18 April 2020, Ng was arrested as one of 15 Hong Kong high-profile democracy figures, on suspicion of organizing, publicizing or taking part in several unauthorized assemblies between August and October 2019 in the course of the anti-extradition bill protests. Following protocol, the police statement did not disclose the names of the accused.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "World Report 2000: Events of December 1998 – November 1999", pg 183. Human Rights Watch
  3. ^ Yu, Elaine; Ramzy, Austin (18 April 2020). "Amid Pandemic, Hong Kong Arrests Major Pro-Democracy Figures". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ Wong, Rachel (18 April 2020). "15 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in latest police round up". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Simon Ip
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Legal
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Legal
Succeeded by
Dennis Kwok