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  1. Business - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong's political future looks bleak

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:05am by Howard Winn

    ... Their grievances took different forms, but according to a poll by the South China Morning Post, the vast majority of people who marched were in favour of civil nomination for the 2017 chief executive election. The large turnout, together with the almost 800,000 people that voted for civil nomination in Occupy Central's unofficial referendum, mean it will be impossible for pan-democrats ...

  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Why do some civil servants get an easy ride from the law?

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn We were surprised at the relatively lenient sentences handed out to the two civil servants- former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong and an assistant director of highways, ... and described the gravity of the offences as on the low side. He decided to impose suspended sentences after taking into account the men's previous contributions to society. Call us old-fashioned ...

  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Can we believe the Security Bureau on Occupy Central?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Howard Winn

    ... violent should it go ahead with its threatened mass civil disobedience. This is the same official whose department for more than three years tried to convince us that the security risk for tourists travelling to the Philippines was on a par with Syria. For much of this period, Syria was racked with civil war involving the deaths of thousands of civilians. The Security Bureau rightly ...

  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    What's good for the civil service is good for Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Howard Winn

    ... increasingly obvious these days: that the government is being run for the benefit of the civil service rather than the community at large. Its estimates and forecasts are made on the basis of what is good for the civil service rather than what suits Hong Kong. It is time to get a grip of this situation. The finances are out of control in that the government has more money than it knows what ...

  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong government can't be bothered to support start-ups

    Posted May 28th 2014, 12:34am by Howard Winn

    ... to this sector, what's to stop others from asking for them?" Our answer to this is to show some backbone. Just because they don't offer civil servants the prospect of a cosy retirement job ...

  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    What should we be worried about in World Cup year?

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:08am by Howard Winn

    ... The Royal Commonwealth Society raised more than HK$120,000 with a charity ball at the Hong Kong Club last weekend. The proceeds went to the Au King Hung Love and & Care Association. Its mission ...

  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong needs a superior system of government

    Posted May 15th 2014, 12:38am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn It is hard not to agree with the view that Hong Kong stands in danger of becoming ungovernable. Former civil servant Rachel Cartland expressed this view yesterday during a talk at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, but it's something that many have been concerned about for the past couple of years. Government ministers and observers alike despair at the prospect ...

  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government planners are ruining Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 01:26am by Howard Winn

    ... in a limbo known as "public consultation". It has become apparent over the past few years that it is very difficult to get anyone in the civil service to stick their necks out and say, ... This will be there for some time as we know our civil servants are terrified of doing anything they think will offend the central government. As for facilities along this stretch of waterfront there is one paltry ...

  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Reality punctures Dragonair's version of flight delay

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:02am by Howard Winn

    ... to get past, particularly as the street is usually jammed with parked cars. So a resident duly complained. This relatively minor complaint had a minor butterfly effect on the civil service. ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    'The government behaves as if it is ashamed'

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 12:56am by Howard Winn

    ... decision-makers in the civil service and the administration will have departed the scene. Only last year, a paper was presented to the Legislative Council's panel on administration of justice ... of our children, about the shape of the society we want to have. That's why it is so important to create proper records," he said. Waung might also have added that this was precisely ...




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