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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Political reform starts with makeup of the nominating committee

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by Alex Lo

    ... nomination. Or you fight to make the membership of the future nominating committee (NC) as democratically representative as possible. We have wasted precious time and resources over public nomination. ... Party now plans to withdraw from the Alliance for True Democracy, whose version of public nomination won the most votes in Occupy Central's poll. But beyond the noise and July 1 protests, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1544492/political-reform-starts-makeup-nominating-committee
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Government haste in handing reform report to NPC could backfire

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by Alex Lo

    ... they will be handed to the standing committee of the National People's Congress. This is despite wise advice from a group of leading local non-partisan scholars and the Democratic Party to delay doing so. Political passions are running high. That is all the more reason to try to calm things down. We need to avoid igniting the powder keg created by Occupy Central and its supporters. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1553469/government-haste-handing-reform-report-npc-could-backfire
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Occupy Central provides an invaluable, though inadvertent, service to the Hong Kong electorate

    Posted May 08th 2014, 04:28am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Occupy's inadvertently invaluable service I spoke too soon. I take back what I said about Occupy Central. Despite becoming the hotbed of the most idealistic ... Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Basic Law. Most of them set the numbers of the nominating committee at between 1,200 and 1,800 and give it real autonomous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1506953/occupy-central-provides-invaluable-though-inadvertent
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beijing is right on nominating committee

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 04:30am by Alex Lo

    ... and common sense say if you have public nomination, there is simply no need or place for a nominating committee. On this specific point, the Hong Kong and central governments are right: ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Beijing is right on nominating committee Oh dear, let the tedium start. The public consultation on electoral reform has finally started. There will be lots ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1374045/beijing-right-nominating-committee
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Benny Tai's reprehensible mutiny call to police

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:09am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Benny Tai's reprehensible mutiny call So much for occupying Central with peace and love! The originator of the civil disobedience movement has revealed his ... Tai Yiu-ting, said officers should question their superiors' orders in the event they were asked to remove Occupy protesters by force. "When Occupy Central does happen, I hope ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1554263/benny-tais-reprehensible-mutiny-call-police
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong is strong enough to survive Occupy Central

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... by international investors and China's leaders. Really, mini-riots outside the legislature and a jam in Central led by some two-bit academics are not going to ruin us. Any great city goes through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1540490/hong-kong-strong-enough-survive-occupy-central
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Ming Pao editorial director had to make tough call on July 1 protest

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... launched Occupy Central trial run; police ready to clear area". The presses started running. But after 3.20am, Lui received reports that police had moved in and started removing protesters. ... headline became: "Hundreds in Occupy Central trial run; police started operation to clear area". The new sub-headline was: "July 1 rally- number [of participants] reached a 10-year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1546101/ming-pao-editorial-director-had-make-tough-call-july-1
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    So what is Occupy's poll really saying?

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:07am by Alex Lo

    ... to the 787,767 votes cast in Occupy Central's mock referendum. The exercise has achieved a phenomenal level of participation. But does it make sense to interpret it as a de facto referendum? ... Beijing and the Hong Kong government for refusing to consider public nomination. Occupy Central offered a "referendum" with no alternatives. So, minus the 8.9 per cent who abstained, can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543922/so-what-occupys-poll-really-saying
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Reform Legco's functional constituencies

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... views. But what they don't say offers clues as to what Hong Kong and mainland officials are aiming at. I am afraid it does not augur well for a truly representative nominating committee ... a nominating committee that is democratically representative enough to satisfy any reasonable definition of universal suffrage. This is a fight worth fighting and the reports should set alarm bells ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555003/reform-legcos-functional-constituencies
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:01am by Hari Kumar

    ... finance committee earlier this month asked the company to show how it arrived at the sale price. The senators say the company which originally developed the drug, Pharmasset, had forecast a price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559319/despite-huge-profits-gilead-sciences-defends-price-its

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