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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Article 23 national security law is too hot to handle for now

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on the mainland. It was neither his own nor Beijing's position. It remains Hong Kong's duty to enact laws to prohibit subversion and other national security offences under Basic Law Article 23. ... a few national laws for use in Hong Kong, such as the national flag law. The Basic Law also has clear provisions on when military troops can roll out to deal with an emergency. Any talk ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must stop dodging issue of an archives law

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to renew the momentum for legislation is regrettable. Lai is not alone in feeling embarrassed that the city is lagging way behind the US, Britain, Australia and mainland China, where laws are in place to protect citizens' right to information. There is an unequivocal case for Hong Kong to follow. Yet officials continue to dodge the pressure with a study by the Law Reform ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Kindergartens will remain at mercy of free market while they are privately run

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... hands are tied, as all kindergartens are privately run at present. Despite some basic requirements and subsidies through a voucher scheme, government control is minimal. Unless kindergartens ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Rules governing Hong Kong's district councils outdated

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Chi-fung alerted journalists about a discussion on funding allocation for Basic Law promotion activities, which he feared would benefit only Beijing-friendly district groups. He protested against ... rather than the police. In fact, the existing law stipulates that lawmakers on the way to council meetings should not be obstructed. It makes sense to extend the same rules to the lower tier. ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must banish tourism rogues

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a comeback. Despite a ban on such tours by a law introduced on the mainland in October, some people were given "vouchers" to join a four-day Hong Kong and Macau tour at a bargain price ... they would get. Since the tourism law only targets compulsory shopping without prior agreement, such "subsidised-cum-shopping" tours may fall into a legal grey area. The revelation ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    We must be realistic on achieving universal suffrage

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 02:58am by SCMP Editorial

    ... secure a timetable for democracy. It is in the city's interest to focus on the framework laid down by the Basic Law and the National People's Congress Standing Committee. On Tuesday, the mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs reportedly said that reform must adhere to the Basic Law. The remark was interpreted by some as a dismissal of the idea of allowing voters to put ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Taiwan needs to think long-term as region's economic focus shifts

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taiwan needs to refocus economy Common sense has prevailed in Taiwan's political stand-off over a cross-strait trade services pact. Student-led protesters have pledged to end their occupation of the legislature after assurances an oversight law will be enacted that will prevent the ruling Kuomintang ramming the trade deal through without detailed examination ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Ordinance or Offences Against the Person Ordinance, with deterrent maximum penalties ranging from 10 years to life in jail. But according to critics, the law tends to focus on trafficking ... Legco that existing laws provide a "solid framework" on trafficking. That may be so, but it was only recently that justice officials expanded the Prosecution Code to cover more ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beefed-up trade description law can help eliminate rip-offs

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:44am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to swallow. The Customs and Excise Department is to be commended for flexing its muscles for the first time under the newly amended law against false-trade description. In one of the most bizarre ... cents may be small money. But the conviction is symbolic, in that it is the first time the tightened law has been applied since being introduced last July amid growing public concern over ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... debate with a motion in favour of a ban in 2007; but the government subsequently opted for a law that mandates information on trans-fats and other ingredients in nutrition labels. Guidelines on reducing trans-fats, widely used in pastries and dairy products to improve texture and prolong shelf life, have also been issued. Critics argue that eating is a personal habit. The labelling law ...




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