Heung Yee Kuk

The Heung Yee Kuk, officially the Heung Yee Kuk N.T., is a statutory advisory body representing establishment interests in the New Territories, Hong Kong. The council is a powerful organisation comprising heads of rural committees which represent villages and market towns.

Heung Yee Kuk
鄉議局
Emblem of the Heung Yee Kuk

Heung Yee Kuk Building in Shek Mun.
Agency overview
Formed1926; 95 years ago (1926)
Headquarters30 On Muk Street, Shek Mun, Sha Tin, NT
Agency executives
Websitehyknt.org
Heung Yee Kuk
Traditional Chinese鄉議局
Simplified Chinese乡议局
Literal meaningRural Council

From 1980 to 2015, it was chaired by Lau Wong-fat, a billionaire landowner and heavyweight political figure in the pro-Beijing camp,[1] until he stepped down and was succeeded by his son Kenneth Lau.[2]

The organisation has its own functional constituency seat in the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Despite having less than 150 registered voters,[3] it also controls 26 seats on the 1200-member committee which selects the chief executive of Hong Kong.[4]