|Member of the Legislative Council|
1 October 2012 – 11 November 2020
|Preceded by||Albert Ho|
|Constituency||New Territories West|
1 October 2004 – 30 September 2008
|Preceded by||Lo Wing-lok|
|Succeeded by||Leung Ka-lau|
|Member of the Central and Western District Council|
1 November 1994 – 1 January 2008
|Preceded by||Lam Kin-lai|
|Succeeded by||Jackie Cheung Yick-hung|
|Constituency||Mid Levels East|
|Born||20 July 1961|
British Hong Kong
|Political party||Civic Party (2010–21)|
|Education||CCC Chuen Yuen College|
|Alma mater||University of Hong Kong (MBBS, MA)|
Kwok Ka-ki (Chinese: 郭家麒; born 20 July 1961) is a democratic Hong Kong politician. He is a private urology doctor, having graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Kwok is a member of the Civic Party, having joined on 19 July 2010. On 11 November 2020, he was disqualified from the Legislative Council, along with three other lawmakers of the pan-democratic camp, by the central government in Beijing on request of the Hong Kong government. A mass resignation of pan-democrats the same day left the Legislative Council without a substantial opposition.
Early life and education
Kwok Ka-ki served three terms in the Legislative Council. From 2004 to 2008 he served as a member for the Medical functional constituency, losing in the 2008 Hong Kong legislative election to Leung Ka-lau. From 2012 to 2020, Kwok served as a member of the Legislative Council for New Territories West. From 1994 until 2007, Kwok was a member of the Central and Western District Council, representing Mid Levels East.
Opposition to renaming of the HKU Faculty of Medicine
On 23 May 2005, Kwok participated in a press conference of University of Hong Kong alumni who protested the renaming of the university's Faculty of Medicine as Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. The renaming was to honour a donation of 128 million US dollars to the faculty by business tycoon and philanthropist Li Ka-shing. In an interview at that time, Kwok complained about the lack of transparent process prior to the decision.
Condemnation of police during the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests
During the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests, Kwok lambasted the police strategy during the 2019 Prince Edward station attack of 31 August 2019, which allegedly hindered first aiders from entering the station to treat the wounded, as a "behaviour unbefitting of monsters".
Criticism of government COVID-19 measures
On 28 April 2020, Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan announced that due to the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic, entry restrictions from the mainland that had been imposed earlier in the pandemic would be scrapped for students, teachers and people with business activities "beneficial to Hong Kong". Kwok sharply criticized this decision, saying that the risk of imported COVID-19 cases from mainland China was still great, and likening the step to "inviting a wolf into your home".
In October 2020, Kwok criticized the plan of the Hong Kong government to introduce mandatory COVID-19 testing for patients with symptoms, saying that making tests mandatory would breach the medical code of practice, could possibly be counterproductive due to those who did not want to be tested not seeking medical attention, and be a waste of government resources as symptoms such as headaches were also common in diseases other than COVID-19. He also slammed the government's easing of social distancing measures for local tour groups and wedding ceremonies to a respective limit of 30 and 50 people respectively, alleging that the continuing four-person gathering limit had remained in place in order to suppress public demonstrations.
Five weeks ahead of the (subsequently postponed) 2020 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election, on 30 July 2020, as Kwok prepared to defend his seat, the government stated that he was among a dozen pro-democracy candidates whose nominations were 'invalid', under an opaque process in which, nominally, civil servants – returning officers – assess whether, for instance, a candidate had objected to the enactment of the national security law, or was sincere in statements made disavowing separatism. On 11 November 2020, following a decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress he was disqualified from Legislative Council along with three other lawmakers; this resulted in the resignation of a further 15 pro-democracy lawmakers.
On 6 January 2021, Kwok was among 53 members of the pro-democratic camp who were arrested under the national security law, specifically its provision regarding alleged subversion. The group stood accused of the organisation of and participation in unofficial primary elections held by the camp in July 2020. Kwok was released on bail on 7 January.
On 15 July 2017, he was denied entry to Macau, with authorities citing as reason his being a threat to internal security. Kwok called the decision "extremely ridiculous" and asked Chief Executive Carrie Lam to request an explanation from Macau authorities.
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- Chau, Candice (8 January 2021). "'Hong Kong has entered a bitter winter,' says primaries organiser as 52 democrats in mass arrest bailed out". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
- Cheng, Kris (17 July 2017). "Pro-democracy lawmaker barred from entering Macau for wedding anniversary celebration". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
| Member of Central and Western District Council
Representative for Mid Levels East
Jackie Cheung Yick-hung
|Legislative Council of Hong Kong|
| Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Medical
| Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories West