ITFC Issues in IEEE Hong Kong Section
IEEE is an apolitical organization.
Before the change of Hong Kong Sovereignty to China, IEEE HK Section in 1995 sent representatives to lobby the then Provisional HK Legislature in Beijing to have IEEE HK Section Members entitled the eligibility of ITFC voter in electing the ITFC Legislator in the Legislative Council in 1998. The eligibility was approved and written in
Cap 542 - Legislative Council Ordinance Section 20Z
(d) Fellows, Senior Members and Full Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Hong Kong Section, Computer Chapter entitled to vote at general meetings of the Institute; and
(e) Fellows, Senior Members and Full Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Hong Kong Section, Hong Kong Joint Chapter on Circuits and Systems/Communications entitled to vote at general meetings of the Institute; and
The eligibility is a form of recognition the status of related IEEE Members, nothing to do with politics.
All IEEE membership applications are processed on-line in USA and there is no involvement in IEEE HK and Chapters.
IEEE HK in the past 20 years assisted certifying Member status to HK Government Registration and Electoral Office, who decides accepting the application for ITFC voter registration. Y W Liu since 1990 served the volunteer post as Newsletter Editor and SAMIEEE Recipient. He represented HK Section fully comply the legal requirement and getting the job done without a hitch for 20 years.
IEEE HK Section is registered as a Society under Society Ordinance Cap. 151 in HK. Chapters has no legal registration and is under the auspice of HK Section. Legally Chapters cannot represent HK Section to deal with Government in ITFC issues.
According to IEEE, MGA Operation Manual Section 9 is HK Section Constitution and By-laws. IEEE HK Chapters function as a committee under HK Section and is responsible to convene technical activities in the related technical Society fields of interests. CASCOM Chapter never involved with the certification of member status or capable of responding to HK Government queries on the ITFC issues.
On 31/12/2016, Y W Liu was dismissed the Newsletter Editor and SAMIEEE Recipient by William Cheung. He had changed the SAMIEEE Recipient to himself, rendering Y W Liu not able accessing the IEEE HK Section Membership Database.
It is a pity that William Cheung did not consider the ITFC certification is the HK Section legal responsibility in the Legislative Council Ordinance and has not responded to REO requests in 2017. He messed the situation just insists that it is the Chapters charter as stated in the recent issues of IEEE HK Newsletter.
Registration and Electoral Office is going to take legal action if William Cheung still refuses to do the duty stipulated in the Ordinance, which is a criminal offense in the Legislative Election Ordinance.
In the ICAC Vote-rigging case in 2016 Legislative Council Election, some 70 IEEE members are suspects and on bail. Y W Liu is assisting ICAC as witness and investigation is still under way. IEEE in USA is also in contact with ICAC assisting the investigation
HK Government Administration and Home Affairs is now reviewing the legality of IEEE HK Members in ITFC registration Cap 542 - Legislative Council Ordinance Section 20Z because of the Vote-rigging Case. If the mess is not cleared, IEEE members now eligible voting in ITFC may loss the right to vote in future ITFC legislator election.
The Report is aim to give a background to all concern in the current confusion. IEEE HK CASCOM Chapters would be facing lots of trouble in 2018.
Reported by Y W Liu
IEEE HK CASCOM Chapter founding Committee Member in 1988
IEEE HK CASCOM Chapter Chair, 1996
IEEE Hong Kong Section Chairman, 2001-2002
IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee Member, 1995-2002
Y. W. Liu
IEEE Volunteer Family Leader
l 29 years Hong Kong Government service, 1976-2004
l 14 years Hong Kong Police Telecommunications Inspector, 1976 - 1989
l 15 years Hong Kong Police Telecommunications Engineer, 1989 - 2004
l IEE Member and Charter Engineer, 1989-2006
l IEEE IEEE Member 1979- 2001, Senior Member, since 2001
l Chairman, IEEE HK Section, 2001-2002
l IEEE HK CASCOM Joint Chapter Comiittee Member since 1988; Chairman 1996
l Executive Committee Member, IEEE HK Section, 198-2016
l Executive Committee Member, IEEE Asia Pacific Region since 1994-2012
廖 日 榮
IEEE Activities – (M’79-SM’02) COMMITTEES/BOARDS: RAB Awards and Recognition Committee, Member, 2001, 2004-05; Individual Benefits and Services Committee, Member, 2005-06.; Globalization of Professionl Activities Committee Member, 2009. REGION: Region 10: Treasurer, 1995-98; Secretary, 1998; Award Committee Chair, 1994-2006. SECTION: Hong Kong Section: Newsletter Editor, 1990-97; Secretary, 1997-98; Vice Chairman, 1999-2000; Chairman, 2001-02; Nominations and Appointments Committee, Chair, 2005. CHAPTER: Hong Kong CAS/COM Joint Chapter: Committee Member, since 1988; Chairman, 1996. CONFERENCES: IEEE TENCON 90, Publication Committee Member, 1990; IEEE ISCAS 97, Publication Committee Co-chair, 1997; IEEE ICASSP 03, Local Arrangement Co-chair, 2003; IEEE TEMCON 06, Organizing Committee Member, 2006. ASID2008, Conference Vice-chair ASID2009, Conference Co-chair. ICSPCC 2011, ICSPCC2012, ICSPCC2013, ICSPCC2014, ICSPCC2015 Finance Co-chair, ICSPCC2016 , 2017 Registration and Finance Co-chair; APCoudCC 2012, Secretary. AWARDS: IEEE Third Millennium Medal,