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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Little hope for progress without visionary politicians

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Little hope for progress without vision As a Cantonese saying goes, rice cooked by the aunt next door is always tastier. That may be why people always ... In Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the powers that be usually single out Singapore. There are many similarities and its "executive-led" government can only make our government salivate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1090720/little-hope-progress-without-visionary-politicians
  2. Comment - News

    Reporting on China? Pick your own facts

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Reporting China? Pick your own facts A neutral reader of news may be forgiven for being thoroughly confused by international media reports and foreign experts' views on China today. Beijing is always complaining about the bad press it gets, but I would say that has more to do with conflicting reporting and commentaries in the foreign media. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1081127/reporting-china-pick-your-own-facts
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data

    Posted Dec 04th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data Behind every successful man, there is supposed to be a woman. But behind every successful entertainer, you know for sure there is a genius manager. So it is with Lady Gaga. My children are "little monster" fans of the megastar, but I am absolutely in awe of her manager, Troy Carter, whose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1096811/brain-behind-lady-gagas-big-data
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong Open a HK$15m can of worms

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Golf Open a HK$15m can of worms Taxpayers should ask why they are paying Rory McIlroy an obscene amount of public money to play a few rounds of golf in Hong Kong. The government's Mega Events Fund has agreed to give a whopping HK$15 million to organisers of next month's UBS Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club. This is the same ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1061180/hong-kong-open-hk15m-can-worms
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time to end national education row

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... The furore over national education will hopefully come to an end. Both sides seem to have reached an amicable settlement in which the government was allowed a face-saving way to admit defeat. As announced by Anna Wu Hung-yuk, the head of the government� ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1056605/time-end-national-education-row
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    StanChart a victim of Pax Americana

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... I am shocked, shocked, shocked! Standard Chartered has been accused by US financial authorities of hiding US$250 billion worth of transactions with Iran in the past decade. The allegations come on the heels of HSBC's admission that it laundered money ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1014279/stanchart-victim-pax-americana
  7. Foreign doctors are a cure, not a curse

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When a young Hong Kong-born neurosurgeon from a pre-eminent medical school in Britain cannot practise in Hong Kong, you know something is rotten in the state ... doctors have been exempted from taking the exams, but they are subject to annual review and renewal. How can anyone plan a career on temporary contracts? Our rival, Singapore, is well aware of our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/989830/foreign-doctors-are-cure-not-curse
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - INVESTMENT

    Expats in Hong Kong say property measures discriminate against them

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... Alex Frew McMillan property.post@scmp.com Foreigners living and working in Home Kong, who are not permanent residents, say new property measures discriminate against them Blow for expats ... the Singapore model, which is not a good model." The fund manager owns a property he is worried that he cannot sell because he can't get as attractive a mortgage on his next purchase. "It ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1103058/expats-hong-kong-say-property-measures-discriminate-against
  9. News - China

    Chinese workers stage new protest in Singapore

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 05:05pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Two crane operators staged a high-rise protest at a construction site in Singapore on Thursday, its second industrial incident involving mainland Chinese ... after hours of negotiations with rescuers, an AFP photographer said. The crane protest came 10 days after a work stoppage by Chinese bus drivers erupted at a transport firm – Singapore’s first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1099050/chinese-workers-stage-new-protest-singapore
  10. HK should follow Singapore's pay cuts

    Posted Jan 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Hong Kong and mainland officials often look to Singapore for cues on how to run an efficient and authoritarian government. For a budding semi-democratic city like ... as officials' high pay had long irked many Singaporeans. The cuts are being carried out despite warnings from Singapore's founder, Lee Kuan Yew, who once claimed that the economy would collapse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/990888/hk-should-follow-singapores-pay-cuts

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