Fiery Lady wins crown

| Siu Sai-wo 26 Jun 2019

The bill to amend the fugitive laws has led to a big row, with Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Alice Mak Mei-kuen reported to have expressed her dissatisfaction at the chief executive in a fiery manner at Government House.

For this, she has become a political "hotshot," and was crowned "Establishment's Fiery Lady."

Fiery Lady has been devoting most of her attention to labor matters and issues concerning people's livelihood, so she gives people a grassroots impression. But in fact she has an outstanding background and could have just as well entered politics with an elite image.

I first met Mak many years ago at a function of The Better Hong Kong Foundation when she was introduced to me by Karen Tang, a key member of the foundation. Mak struck me as voluble, outgoing and pleasant.

Two years after, I heard that she took part in elections and became a member of the Legislative Council too.

The last time I saw her was when I took part in the charitable fund-raising event Central Rat Race last year. We arrived at the venue early to prepare for the race and started to chat.

She talked about the employment policy of a participating company, which she knew in great detail, showing she took her public duties seriously.

Over the years, she has won approval following up on issues that concerned the people, including mishaps relating to cosmetic medical procedures. She was also the first councilor to bring the public's attention to scams involving financial intermediaries.

Mak has been championing base-level workers and women's affairs. A closer look at her records would reveal that in her younger days she visited Singapore as a youth ambassador after winning an essay competition.

When Chris Patten was governor, she became the youngest person to have been appointed a district board member at the time. So what she has is what can be called "golden" credentials.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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