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  1. Party paper defends state of morals in society

    Posted Jan 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... at the Beijing Institute of Technology, said a moral crisis was not unusual when there was a market economy without matching progress in civil society and public welfare. But 'some of our officials ... an increasingly heated debate on moral and ethical issues. Politically, the editorial was seen as a rebuttal of remarks made by Premier Wen Jiabao in April about a crisis of morals in society following ...

  2. Anger over quota that helps civil servants beat queue for public flats

    Posted Apr 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung A lawmaker has branded a quota system that allows low-paid civil servants to get a head start in applying for public housing as an unfair historical leftover. His criticism comes as activists call on the government to revamp the system and find other ways to meet civil servants' housing needs. 'The long-standing scheme has adversely affected the interests ...

  3. Office-bound civil servants perched on the edge of their seats

    Posted Aug 21st 2004, 12:00am by Michael Dwyer

    ... in line with most other developed economies. Although most private companies in Singapore now operate on a five-day week, civil servants are still technically required to also work for half ... a 'less stressful' society. 'It's the government's realisation that it needs to create a society that is a little more relaxed, although not lazy,' Dr Singh said. The far ...

  4. Perks cut for civil servants on mild side

    Posted Sep 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Chris Yeung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Chris Yeung Unions and lawmakers welcome plan which will save $600m over 5 years The government yesterday announced a milder-than-expected plan to cut civil servants' benefits, including a reduction in subsidies for officials planning to send their children to study overseas, and the scrapping of various 'outdated' allowances. Civil service ...

  5. Allowance abuse a familiar story

    Posted Jul 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com The accusation against Secretary for Development Mak Chai-kwong of abusing the civil-service rental allowance in the 1980s is not an isolated case. In the past 12 ... a property that he owned to another civil servant. Both flats were in the same private housing estate, City Garden in North Point. In December 2000, former deputy commissioner of the Inland Revenue ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - CIVIL SERVICE

    Political pressure blamed for top Hong Kong civil servants quitting before their retirement date

    Posted Oct 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung and Gary Cheung Lawmaker calls for action as civil servants quit before their retirement date only to re-emerge later in senior roles with statutory bodies Call to reverse the brain drain Increasing political pressure on civil servants is being blamed for a continuing brain drain in which officials resign before their retirement date- only to resurface in top ...

  7. Our mighty civil service machine needs rewiring

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the civil service has yet to be faced. The Tsang administration not only did not bother itself with this issue but all indications are that it never occurred to the lifelong bureaucrat Donald Tsang ... experienced the frustrations of dealing with the civil service and, in the chief executive election, seen the way in which its senior officers worked on his opponent's behalf. So he owes them ...

  8. In Tsang's words

    Posted May 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... constitutional reform question has tortured this society for 20 years. I deeply believe there is a need to put a stop to it. I believe this is a historic responsibility given me by society. Of course, ...

  9. Banker proposes small-claims court

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the conference. He said that without cheaper and simpler litigation processes to settle these small claims, the cases would 'increase unnecessary expenses for litigants and society ... vision for a 'harmonious society'. Mr Jiang said the mainland could turn to overseas experience and Hong Kong's. He applauded the city's 30-year-old Small Claims Tribunal. ...

  10. Widen the net through civil courts: Zervos

    Posted Sep 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Hong Kong authorities could seize more ill-gotten millions from criminals if prosecutors were able to pursue them through the civil- not just the criminal- ... expanded to allow civil forfeiture, the standard of proof would be on a balance of probabilities, which is lower than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt. Zervos said it would allow ...




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