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  1. Democracy in Hong Kong: wrestling with the demon

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in part due to the 'marginalisation of the study of history in Hong Kong' ('The democracy demon', July 15). That was certainly not my impression. Whether they were marching ... 'intelligentsia', I have read enough to agree with him. Hong Kong's politicians are naive if they believe that universal suffrage means real democracy, which in Greek means 'people's ...

  2. Democracy not possible unless Beijing trusts Hong Kong people

    Posted Dec 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Michael Chugani thinks democracy had already won simply because the Hong Kong Island Legco by-election threw up two charismatic candidates whose shifting fortunes virtually guaranteed ... stressed the importance of her ties with Beijing to help achieve democracy for Hong Kong. Hong Kong is ready for universal suffrage and the crux of the matter is whether the central government ...

  3. Commerce chief choice another opportunity lost

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for a few who have right of abode elsewhere, a lack of commitment to Hong Kong. His low approval rating may have deterred talented people from joining his administration. They may feel ... was overlooked. His elevation should have been natural. He is an accomplished lawyer and a former vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. If Mr Tsang truly ...

  4. Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... troubles stem from a systemic problem, namely the lack of a representative legislature that has power to examine, amend, and restrain the government. It is the lack of democracy in Hong Kong ... or the introduction of a functioning democracy, so that people have confidence in (or at least acceptance of) government decisions. A modern society such as Hong Kong needs democracy in order to develop. ...

  5. Why Hong Kong needs democracy

    Posted Jul 11th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What has happened to Hong Kong as a result of Article 23 points to this fact: an undemocratic government will destabilise a society. The administration of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, ... the kind of crisis that could easily have led Hong Kong into repeating the Tiananmen Square tragedy and to a showdown that will eventually leave any government holding the short end of the stick. ...

  6. Panel supports 70pc pay rise for lawmakers... in the next Legco

    Posted Aug 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn Incumbent lawmakers are unlikely to benefit from a proposal to raise legislators' salaries by 70 per cent, even if the big increase is endorsed by the chief executive and Executive Council. Patrick Lau Sau-shing, chairman of the Legislativ ...

  7. Question of the week: Is Hong Kong ready for democracy?

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Janet Tang Man-wai, 17 SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School Yes, Hong Kong is ready. A society needs to be economically, socially and culturally suitable for democracy. A strong ... the government. These play an important role in democracy. Hong Kong has a lot of these organisations, such as the Civil Human Rights Front. They did a good job in supervising the government, especially ...

  8. We must make progress on political reforms

    Posted Aug 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fight for a fundamental human right and by the other as a potentially dangerous development that could undermine Hong Kong's stability and prosperity. These entrenched positions have ... be naive to think that democratic elections will solve all Hong Kong's problems. But a government elected on a platform of policies would be able to implement them with greater confidence. ...

  9. Party seeks to reduce the barriers to political change

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was impossible. But the Democratic Party insisted it was not backtracking on demands for a timetable on full democracy. 'The Democratic Party supports universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008. But we also know the chances for this are slim, so we put forward a reasonable proposal that contains elements of democracy other than universal suffrage in 2007,' said party chairman Lee Wing-tat. ...

  10. Show Hong Kong the way forward, Mr Wen

    Posted Jun 30th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The popular view holds that the closer economic partnership arrangement between the mainland and Hong Kong is the central government's 'big gift' to the city. Premier Wen ... degree of autonomy for Hong Kong. Even though his statement sounded all too familiar, Mr Wen hit the right note, as it marked the first time that an official of his stature from the nation's ...




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