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  1. Our voice, of sorts

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... political life. Although discussions are highly structured, unlike the heated debates found in national parliaments elsewhere, they still provide a good glimpse of the latest twists and turns ... people in debating national policies and legislation. Indeed, they have been shy in canvassing local opinion on major national issues. This is in stark contrast to the solicitation ...

  2. Ripples on the water

    Posted Sep 13th 2008, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... there is no shortage of internet gadgets like YouTube and Facebook- and election forums organised by community organisations and the media- the election debates were long on high-sounding exhortations ... by whatever means, instead of coming up with better solutions for society's problems. The media preferred sound bites to serious policy debates The long-standing Hong Kong-mainland fissure ...

  3. A campaign to test Tsang's wisdom

    Posted May 30th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... various social sectors will engage him in public debates on the future of government, will transform the essence of the election. In 2002, when Tung Chee-hwa ran for his second term as chief ... Committee members. He also turned down an invitation by some Election Committee members to attend a public forum to debate his election platform. As a result, Mr Tung was elected with more than 700 ...

  4. To be or not to be (in Central)

    Posted Sep 26th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung The debates about Tamar involve two related but separate issues: how to make the best use of the site's 23,000 square metres of prime harbourfront land; and whether ... systems and more business was transacted via e-government. So, the debate boils down to some fundamental choices: Should a concentrated or diversified approach be taken? Should government ...

  5. Why duck the legislative process?

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... to strike the delicate balance should not be left to administrative discretion, but has to be fully debated. This is what the legislative process is about. Article 48(4), which enables the chief ... executive made an order with significant policy implications under existing legislation, the draft was sent to the relevant Legco panel for debate and support. Why has it deviated from such good ...

  6. A fall from public grace

    Posted Jan 17th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Consumer interests, redistribution issues and developmental goals also have to be considered in any restructuring strategy. The Link controversy, for example, has triggered wider debates ... rather than a total rejection of privatisation per se. In other words, it is more a debate on how to make the market work better, and more fairly, with regard to various stakeholders. All ...

  7. Out of sight

    Posted Sep 21st 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... their performance. One could still blame the government: if undersecretaries and political assistants don't feature prominently in policymaking and public debates, how can people know what ...

  8. Going nowhere

    Posted Jul 27th 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... diverse views and debate fiercely, this is healthy tension and rivalry, which is what democracy is all about. Second, Hong Kong's executive-legislative gridlock is the product ...

  9. Deep healing

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... tensions continued between modernisation and upholding socialist dogma, and between liberalisation and political correctness, causing more ideological debates and power struggles. In 1987, party ...

  10. The party still holds the power

    Posted Sep 13th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung Amid the heated debate over the term of office of a successor to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa in April, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress' passage of a civil service law barely caught the local public's eye. For the mainland, however, this was an important landmark of the evolution of the national civil service system. ...




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