When Cheung Mo Gei confronted Chan Yau Leung and other treacherous beggars in HSDS, Cheung criticized Chan, etc.'s actions by saying, "Aren't you concerned that your actions would sully the honor of Hung 7 Gung's name?"
North Beggar Hung 7 Gung was indeed one of the greatest Chiefs the Beggar's Union ever had. He was a great martial artist and a benign and wise leader, but there were other great Chiefs in the Beggar's Union's history. What about Kiu Fung? What about that legendary 11th generation Chief (who possibly was Kiu Fung)? What about Wong Yung? Why was Hung 7 Gung singled out by Cheung Mo Gei as the previous Beggar's Union Chief whose name Chan Yau Leung and his cohorts would not want to dishonor?
In the first editions of Jin Yong's novels, this comment is somewhat more understandable because according to the first edition of LOCH, Hung 7 Gung was the founder of the Beggar's Union and the creator of the Hong Lung 18 Palms and Dog Beating Stick Technique (he would be the Beggar's Union equivalent of Damo, Central Divinity Wong Chung Yeung, or Cheung 3 Fung). From the second editions onward, however, Hung 7 Gung was the eighteenth generation Beggar's Union Chief...and he inherited rather than created the Hong Lung 18 Palms and Dog Beating Stick Technique. He was still a very special and honored Beggar's Union Chief in the union's history, but he was not the only one.
Moreover, although Hung 7 Gung was among the finest Beggar's Union Chiefs, the Union did endure some problems under his leadership. After all, it was during his tenure that the conflict between the Clean-Clothed and Dirty-Clothed Beggars grew to the point where it finally exploded into violence when Wong Yung took over as Chief. This, in turn, made the Union vulnerable to near usurpation by Yeung Hong.
Given all that, is there any reason why Cheung Mo Gei should have singled out Hung 7 Gung as *the* ultimate patriarch of the Beggar's Union?