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Since its establishment less than two years ago, the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA), has expanded its presence across Hong Kong through a network of offices that include the Hong Kong Island headquarters, the New Territories East Branch and the New Territories West Branch. Today (May 18) marks a new chapter in the BPA’s ongoing efforts to broaden its service to the community as the first joint district office set up by Mr. Fong Ping, Chairman of the BPA District Committee and Tsing Yi District Council, in conjunction with Ms Tam Wai-chun, Tsing Yi District Councilor, opens its doors for business. Mr Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs Bureau, Mr Liu Lin, Director of New Territories Sub-Office of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Mr Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, BPA Chairman, and Dr. Lau Wong-fat, Honorary BPA Chairman, together with more than a hundred invited guests graced the opening ceremony with their presence at the new Tsing Yi office.
Mr Fong and Ms Tam offered their thanks and gratitude to all those who attended the auspicious event. In his welcome remarks, Mr Fong said that the establishment of his maiden district office represented a significant milestone in his many years of service to the community. He vowed to do his utmost put all his effort to continue working for the benefit of the community and to realize the vision of transforming the Kwai Tsing District into a vibrant and well-rounded neighbourhood that catered to and was aligned with local aspirations.
As part of its policy initiatives proposed under the 2013 Policy Address, the Government has undertaken to provide a one-off grant of HK$100 million to each of the 18 districts for carrying out signature projects that addressed local needs. Mr Tsang Tak-sing commended Mr Fong for his tireless efforts in successfully bringing about a consensus across party lines thereby earning the Kwai Tsing District the distinction of being the first among its counterparts to make substantive progress in obtaining funding under the aforementioned government scheme. Mr Andrew Leung added that the Kwai Tsing District Council’s exemplary achievement in instituting a dental service for the District’s elderly through government funding has won accolades from all quarters including those legislators who often resorted to filibustering.
Mr Fong and Ms Tam have devoted themselves to public service in the Kwai Tsing District for many years and have established a close rapport with local residents. Their contributions were highly acclaimed by Mr Leung who noted that both individuals have managed to apply their cooperation seamlessly within and without the District Council for the benefit of their constituents. The opening of the joint district office would surely further enhance their service to the community going forward. He said, “I am convinced that the outcome of one plus one in this case will yield a sum that is much larger than two given the chemistry at play!”
After the opening ceremony, Mr Fong and Ms Tam seized the opportunity of Mr Tsang’s presence to invite on a visit to a footbridge, an important thoroughfare that connected the Tsing Yi MTR Station with the Cheung On Estate. They lobbied for Mr Tsang’s support in providing government funding for the installation of elevators, which would bring immense benefit and convenience to residents particularly the elderly.
To share the joy of the occasion, Mr Fong and Ms Tam organized a series of games and fun activities much to the delight of the locals. Other than side-stall games, residents were also treated to an amazing magic show by Mr Louis Yan who is also a Guinness World Record holder. Mr Samuel Lau, a young singer, was also on hand to sing the praises of the organisors.
The establishment of the joint district office by Mr Fong and Ms Tam symbolises the BPA’s earnest commitment to community service on the district level. The BPA believes that the synergistic partnership between Mr Fong and Ms Tam, whose combined track record of success and wealth of experience, will help lay a solid, stable and strong foundation for advancing the BPA’s motto of “Business stimulates economy and Professionalism improves livelihood” across communities in the SAR.