Eric Ho speaks to the third generation Chairman of the Sai Kung District Community Centre, Li Fuk Hong.
I’ve lived in Sai Kung pretty much my whole life. I was born here, raised here and am still here. In 1976 I did live in South Kent, England for a short while. I came back to Sai Kung due to family matters.
My family have a long history with the Sai Kung District Community Centre (SKDCC), not only was my dad a former chairman but my grandad also once held the same position. My dad was the former chairman before my mentor took over. He was getting old and he told me to come over and help.
At the time I was working as a material tester in Tuen Mun. Since I was born in Sai Kung, I had a great attachment to this place. So I started helping out and in the blink of an eye it has now been 20 years and I’ve become chairman in this time.
I have both a son and daughter, my daughter was in fact one of the first writers for Sai Kung Magazine. If either of them decided to pursue the position of chairman I would happily support them. I would never force them to take this path if they didn’t want to, it would have no meaning if I did. I’ll leave their futures up to them.
There’s so much I love about Sai Kung. Some of my favourite things are the fresh air and the peaceful life you can have here. In my spare time I like to hike as well, Sai Kung has some really beautiful views and it is always great to go outdoors. I particularly like Ma On Shan, Fei Ngo Shan and Tai Long Sai Wan.
I don’t think there has been a drastic change in Sai Kung compared to when I was young. Since Sai Kung is the back garden of Hong Kong, a lot of developments are restricted here such as the height of buildings.
The increase in the number of tourists has had little effect on the Tin Hau temple we look after. In Chinese tradition locals tend to do their worships in the morning, the tourists who come tend to visit a little later during the day.
The biggest change I’ve seen over the years are the shops running business in Sai Kung. A lot of old traditional shops have disappeared now, most of the shops now are new eateries. This is mostly due to Sai Kung being a tourist destination which is greatly affecting the businesses that can survive here.
Before taking up this role, the previous chairman, my mentor, would often give me words of encouragement. But there has been one particular phrase which has stuck with me for all these years, ‘’When doing such a public job, we must do it wholeheartedly.”