C.Y. aide Alice Lau to head Chief Executive's Office
Alice Lau Yim, an aide of chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying, steps up from secretary general of the Chief Executive's Office tomorrow to become permanent secretary, replacing Kenneth Mak Ching-yu. At 44, she is one of the youngest administrative officers to assume the post. Before becoming an aide to Leung, she was deputy secretary for financial services and the treasury. Also tomorrow, Director of Lands Annie Tam Kam-lan becomes permanent secretary for labour and welfare. On July 25, Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Joshua Law Chi-kong and Permanent Secretary for Security Chang King-yiu will swap jobs.
Order for Carson Yeung to pay HK$20m set aside
The High Court set aside a judgment ordering a company owned by Carson Yeung Ka-sing, the troubled chairman of English soccer club Birmingham City, to pay HK$20 million to Heritage International executive director Peter Ong as commission for lining up Yeung's purchase of the newspaper Sing Pao. Master Brian de Souza said the judgment was technically flawed. A full trial of Yeung and his company will take place in November.
Legco okays law requiring flat sales by saleable area
The Legislative Council passed into law a bill regulating developers' practices in selling new homes, including the requirement that all sales be based on saleable floor area, not gross floor area. The law will take effect in 12 months, after an enforcement agency is set up.