Pro-Beijing duo denied Taiwan residency

Charles Heung Wah-Keung and son Jacky Heung Cho have been refused permits to reside in Taiwan for their "potential to endanger national safety," according to Taiwanese sources. They applied for dependent alien resident cards with the National Immigration Agency in December after entering...

Carine Chow

Friday, February 26, 2021

Charles Heung Wah-Keung and son Jacky Heung Cho have been refused permits to reside in Taiwan for their "potential to endanger national safety," according to Taiwanese sources.

They applied for dependent alien resident cards with the National Immigration Agency in December after entering Taiwan in September for business reasons.

The agency said the their applications were declined in accordance with a clause in regulations governing permits for Hong Kong and Macau residents to set up residence in Taiwan.

The clause lists all the circumstances to which authorities may reject residence permit applications, including engaging in activities that impede national interest, security and public safety.

Those who participate in unrest fomented by foreign enemies, finance terrorist or violent illegal organizations or are found to have a history of criminal habits may also be turned down.

Sources said the father and son are considered to be potential threats to security.

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng said he would not comment on individual cases.

"We respect the decision made by the agency in charge in accordance with the law," he said, adding the two can reapply. Heung's family is known to be a staunch supporter of Beijing. They had offered to donate over HK$1 million to a fund set up by Beijing loyalist Maria Tam Wai-chu for the families of seven police officers convicted of assault in 2014.

Heung has signed the petition backing the national security law and was honorary vice president of the China Film Foundation, which has close ties with the central government.

His Taiwanese wife, Tiffany Chen Lan, has been a supporter of the Hong Kong police force and has condemned youngsters who participated in the anti-government protests in 2019.

Jacky Heung is a member of the All-China Youth Federation, one of the organizations under the Communist Youth League of China. He is married to Taiwanese actress Bea Hayde. The marriage grants him the right to apply for a dependent alien resident card.

carine.chow@singtaonewscorp.com