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  1. Immigration chief to take early retirement

    Posted Feb 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The decision by the Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, to retire in April has raised concerns about the appointment of a successor. Although Mr Lai was due to retire in November this year when he turned 57, a government source said Mr Lai wanted to take pre-retirement leave and quit in April. The Civil Service Bureau confirmed yesterday that it had received Mr ...

  2. Quotes of The Week

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

    ... question] is a bit too imaginative. Nobody knows what the future is. Outgoing immigration chief Lai Tung-kwok, who is rumoured to be in line to be appointed secretary for security We have a lack ... expensive cup of coffee in China. Traveller Alan Bell, commenting on the price of a cup of coffee at a Xiamen airport cafe. He turned out to be wrong because Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel ...

  3. An even faster e-channel

    Posted Apr 06th 2008, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Five seconds may not seem long to wait, but the Immigration Department wants to improve the already speedy e-channel service. Immigration chief Lai Tung-kwok, set to retire ... to skip the 'clip-decoding' process and read the passengers' fingerprint information directly from the database,' said Mr Lai, adding the system was being used by mainland ...

  4. Deputy steps into top immigration post

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui A 30-year veteran of the Immigration Department, deputy director Simon Peh Yun-lu, was appointed to the department's top post by the State Council yesterday. Mr Peh will take over from Lai Tung-kwok, 56, who is retiring, starting from April 7. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who nominated the new chief, said yesterday: 'Mr Peh has extensive ...

  5. Frequent visitors to benefit from e-channels

    Posted Jan 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... enrolment process is required and the eligible travellers can have their waiting time reduced,' director of immigration Lai Tung-kwok said. On registration, biometric identification ... to pass through in about 12 seconds. Mr Lai said the HK$800,000 facility at the airport was just the first step and the department would consider extending it to other control points. 'It ...

  6. Retiring immigration chief won't rule out security minister's job

    Posted Apr 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But Outgoing immigration chief Lai Tung-kwok has not ruled out the possibility of becoming secretary for security but says joining the private sector is not an option. Mr Lai, who ... but it is too early to tell,' he said at a farewell gathering with the media yesterday. Asked if he would be appointed the next security minister, Mr Lai said: '[The question] is a bit too ...

  7. Tishman Speyer snaps up Shanghai site

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai, Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li and Chloe Lai in Shanghai Winning bid 32pc below expectations as tough auction rules eliminate competition A United States developer, co-owner of New York's Rockefeller ... Speyer was unavailable for comment yesterday. The city government will announce the result of the sale after 10 days. Fitch Ratings property analyst Michael Wu said the deal was in line ...

  8. Force shaken by rape charge- police chief

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Chandra Wong, Phyllis Tsang and Amy Nip Alleged assault in police station The police chief admitted yesterday that the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman by a detective at a police station had affected the police force's integrity and reputation. Commissioner Tang King-shing was speaking after Detective Constable Leung Lai-chung, 29, appeared in Kowloon City Court ...

  9. Gloria Ip

    Posted Aug 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... The 14-year-old student, who recently won a United Nations painting competition on the environment, tells Yvonne Lai how art is a source of pleasure and inspiration. SCHOOL RULES This is my first year studying abroad, in Melbourne [Australia]. I enjoy boarding-school life; I can get away from my parents and make friends with people from all over the world. I'm trying ...

  10. Lang Lang

    Posted Sep 21st 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... The New York-based pianist talks to Yvonne Lai about how time in the US has changed his life, given him a greater appreciation of his Chinese roots and fired a desire to build bridges between the two cultures. WHERE HOME IS I'm a resident of Hong Kong but it takes seven years to get permanent status, and unfortunately there's no 'backdoor' way in. Beijing ...




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