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Ben Chung

Ben Chung
Chinese: 鍾錦麟
Chung in 2020
Chairman of the Sai Kung District Council
In office
2020-2021
Sai Kung District Councillor for Yan Ying
In office
2012-2021
Personal details
Born (1988-11-19) 19 November 1988 (age 35)
Political partyNeo Democrats
Democratic (until 2012)
EducationLingnan University

Ben Chung Kam-lun (Chinese: 鍾錦麟; born 19 November 1988) is a Hong Kong politician. He is the former member and the former chairperson of the Sai Kung District Council for Yan Ying and convenor of Neo Democrats.

Biography

He graduated from the Lingnan University in Cultural Studies. He has been active in politics since he was 12 when he volunteered for Sai Kung District Councillor Gary Fan. He was also the chairman of the Youth Conference 2006 of the Hong Kong Secondary Students Union. He joined the Democratic Party but left with Fan over the party's deal with the Beijing authorities in the 2012 constitutional reform proposal and co-founded Neo Democrats with other Democrat defectors.[1]

He first contested in the 2011 District Council election in Yan Ying. He won the seat with 2,221 votes and became the youngest winner in that election.[2] He was re-elected in 2015. In the 2016 Legislative Council election, he ran on Gary Fan's nine-man ticket in the New Territories East. The ticket received more than 31,000 votes but failed to get Fan re-elected.

On 6 January 2021, Chung was among 55 members of the pro-democratic camp who were arrested under the national security law, specifically its provision regarding subversion. The group stood accused of organising and participating in unofficial primary elections held by the camp in July 2020.[3] He then faced charges and remanded in custody, and will be accomplice witnesses for the prosecution in the trial.[4]

References

  1. ^ "大黨去細黨 當家作主". 《明報》. 2011-08-13. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28.
  2. ^ "民主黨改攻北區 新民主同盟10人出征冀全勝". 《明報》. 2011-11-01.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "National security law: Hong Kong rounds up 53 pro-democracy activists". BBC News. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ Ho, Kelly. "Hong Kong 47: 4 activists to testify for prosecution in national security case, court hears - Hong Kong Free Press HKFP". hongkongfp.com. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
Political offices Preceded byNg Ping-yiu Member of Sai Kung District Council Representative for Yan Ying2012–2021 Vacant Preceded byGeorge Ng Chairman of Sai Kung District Council 2020–2021 Succeeded byFrancis Chau
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