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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Article 23 national security law is too hot to handle for now

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the national security law certainly make thing worse. Instead of contributing to a cordial atmosphere for trust and dialogue, it unnecessarily distracts the focus and risks further polarising ... The unpopular law has been largely forgotten by the public since 2003, after half a million protesters took to the street and forced the then chief executive to withdraw it. Successive governments have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1481349/article-23-national-security-law-too-hot-handle-now
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must stop dodging issue of an archives law

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to renew the momentum for legislation is regrettable. Lai is not alone in feeling embarrassed that the city is lagging way behind the US, Britain, Australia and mainland China, where laws are in place to protect citizens' right to information. There is an unequivocal case for Hong Kong to follow. Yet officials continue to dodge the pressure with a study by the Law Reform ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1457262/hong-kong-must-stop-dodging-issue-archives-law
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beefed-up trade description law can help eliminate rip-offs

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:44am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to swallow. The Customs and Excise Department is to be commended for flexing its muscles for the first time under the newly amended law against false-trade description. In one of the most bizarre ... cents may be small money. But the conviction is symbolic, in that it is the first time the tightened law has been applied since being introduced last July amid growing public concern over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1430235/beefed-trade-description-law-can-help-eliminate-rip-offs
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must banish tourism rogues

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a comeback. Despite a ban on such tours by a law introduced on the mainland in October, some people were given "vouchers" to join a four-day Hong Kong and Macau tour at a bargain price ... they would get. Since the tourism law only targets compulsory shopping without prior agreement, such "subsidised-cum-shopping" tours may fall into a legal grey area. The revelation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466559/hong-kong-must-banish-tourism-rogues
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Taiwan needs to think long-term as region's economic focus shifts

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taiwan needs to refocus economy Common sense has prevailed in Taiwan's political stand-off over a cross-strait trade services pact. Student-led protesters have pledged to end their occupation of the legislature after assurances an oversight law will be enacted that will prevent the ruling Kuomintang ramming the trade deal through without detailed examination ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1469942/taiwan-needs-think-long-term-regions-economic-focus-shifts
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Ordinance or Offences Against the Person Ordinance, with deterrent maximum penalties ranging from 10 years to life in jail. But according to critics, the law tends to focus on trafficking ... Legco that existing laws provide a "solid framework" on trafficking. That may be so, but it was only recently that justice officials expanded the Prosecution Code to cover more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1460446/hong-kong-can-have-zero-tolerance-forced-labour-domestic
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... debate with a motion in favour of a ban in 2007; but the government subsequently opted for a law that mandates information on trans-fats and other ingredients in nutrition labels. Guidelines on reducing trans-fats, widely used in pastries and dairy products to improve texture and prolong shelf life, have also been issued. Critics argue that eating is a personal habit. The labelling law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458056/ban-trans-fats-way-go
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Police guidelines on dealing with verbal abuse strike the right balance

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Guidelines strike the right balance Verbal abuse is to be frowned upon in any civilised society, even more so when it disrupts public order or hinders law enforcement. While most Hongkongers are largely law-abiding and co-operative with law enforcers, confrontations are not uncommon. Amid concerns over the growing pressure faced by frontline officers, the police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1435327/police-guidelines-dealing-verbal-abuse-strike-right-balance
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    We have a right to know when and why we are being watched

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on law-abiding citizens, we have a right to know when we are being observed and why. That is the view of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, which has issued guidelines to CCTV ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455073/we-have-right-know-when-and-why-we-are-being-watched
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Rules governing Hong Kong's district councils outdated

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Chi-fung alerted journalists about a discussion on funding allocation for Basic Law promotion activities, which he feared would benefit only Beijing-friendly district groups. He protested against ... rather than the police. In fact, the existing law stipulates that lawmakers on the way to council meetings should not be obstructed. It makes sense to extend the same rules to the lower tier. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1449535/rules-governing-hong-kongs-district-councils-outdated

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