Powerful rural body defends Hong Kong small-house policy in top court, takes aim at ‘busybody’ challenger

Hong Kong’s rural powerhouse, the Heung Yee Kuk, has defended the controversial policy of allowing male indigenous villagers to build small houses as a “constitutionally protected” right, telling the city’s top court it cannot be challenged by a “busybody” after an exceptional delay.But lawyers for the appellant, Kwok Cheuk-kin, a retired civil servant who has challenged the government so many times he is nicknamed the “king of judicial reviews”, countered that the disputed policy affected…