The government has appointed the chairman of Elderly Commission, Alfred Chan, as the new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
His three-year term will start on April 11.
Chan will take over from the current chairperson, York Chow. The Government expressed its gratitude for the work of York Chow, who had headed the EOC over the past three years.
Chan is the Chair Professor of Social Gerontology and Director of Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies at the Lingnan University.
The outgoing chairperson Chow had been a vocal advocate for protecting people against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
When asked why an academic was appointed this time as the previous two EOC chairpersons had worked for the government, the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Raymond Tam, said the government has appointed a wide range of personalities to the commission after going through a long list of candidates.
Tam said discussion and work would continue to see how minorities like LGBT can be better protected.
Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Priscilla Leung said Chow was not fair in some subjects like gay marriage and sexual orientation legislation as he had voiced his personal opinion very clearly in these controversial issues.
She said she hopes the new EOC chief will be fair and look at controversial issues from both sides.
Last updated: 2016-03-18 HKT