Broke but unbowed, judicial activist speaks up for maids
Kwok Cheuk-kin has applied for a court review of the Harbourfront Event Space, arguing shelter should be provided for domestic maids and street performers
Activist Kwok Cheuk-kin is again taking on the might of Hong Kong’s legal system, this time applying for a judicial review in the High Court over the government’s handling of enhancement works in Central.
The man nicknamed the “king of judicial review”, who already owes more than HK$10 million (US$1.2 million) in legal fees from previous cases, contends that the development of a Central Harbourfront Event Space on Hong Kong Island is being mishandled because it does not provide proper facilities for domestic workers and street performers.
Kwok, who is 79, said these people would have to tolerate unfavorable weather conditions when they gathered with friends or performed because there were no plans for any shelter, Headline Daily reported.
He said it would only cost the government HK$10 million, which he thought was a good investment. Kwok submitted a letter of support from the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.
Lau Kong-wah, Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau, was listed as the respondent in the application, which is the latest of at least 20 judicial review challenges Kwok has made in the past decade.
The activist said in late July that he was broke after losing his most recent case, against former chief executive Leung Chun-ying. Kwok said Leung had not read out the word “Hong Kong” as he took his oath on July 1, 2012 and asked the court to review if this was legitimate.
“Tens of millions, I don’t think I can pay it,” he said when ordered to pay HK$200,000 in legal fees after the Leung hearing. “You can announce that I’m bankrupt, but whatever you do to me, you still have to give me the old age allowance, so I still have food to eat.
“If you want me to go bankrupt, I have a few pairs of broken shoes and a few pieces of torn clothing, you can auction them off,” Kwok added.