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  1. Comment

    China's new budget law can modernise governance

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 02:18pm by Hu Shuli

    ... Hu Shuli Hu Shuli hails the guiding principles behind the changes which are in line with the third plenum's call for a rules-based and open system New budget law has the potential to modernise Chinese governance Three recent items of news deserve attention. First, the revisions to the Budget Law were passed late last month. Second, in a speech this month marking the 60th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1594568/chinas-new-budget-law-can-modernise-governance
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's anti-money-laundering laws make a mockery out of justice

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Our anti-laundering laws are a travesty "I immediately realised I was being hired … to hide the source and beneficiaries of shady transactions potentially worth ... evaluation. Hong Kong had best ready itself. We practice a gross breach of one of its most fundamental principles of rule of law And Hong Kong has. We have found an easy way to score high ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1593408/hong-kongs-anti-money-laundering-laws-makes-mockery-out-justice
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Transparency and strong rule of law are key to fighting corruption

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 02:37pm by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe The same man leading the anti-corruption drive has initiated judiciary reforms, but it doesn't mean accused party bosses will get a fair trial Rule of law vs urge ... otherwise would be grafting away. But ultimately, the most effective way to reduce systematic corruption is to establish a strong, reliable and transparent rule of law. As it happens, the same man ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593084/transparent-and-strong-rule-law-are-key-fighting-corruption
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Relax labour laws to help city

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Relax labour laws to help city The latest official study of Hong Kong's future manpower needs estimates a net shortage of 118,000 by 2022, partly because of a mismatch between job skills required and education levels. Manpower projections have proved wide of the mark in the past. Given dependence on assumptions that may become outdated, and that unions see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589567/relaxing-labour-importation-laws-will-benefit-hong-kong
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Punish Lantau villagers who think they're above the law

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Villagers are not above the law There is a clear distinction between the right to protest and contempt for the law. Villagers fighting development restrictions in North Lantau blatantly disregarded the law when they aired their grievances over a government plan to turn the area into a protected zone. Not only was an ecologically sensitive mangrove flattened, law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588036/punish-lantau-villagers-who-consider-themselves-above-law
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Police reluctant to enforce the law on Justice Drive

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:37am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn A reader reports a curious case on the subject of illegal car parking. He walks up Justice Drive, near Pacific Place, every day and has noticed that there are always cars illegally parked on the slip road on the left opposite the Conrad Hotel, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1586231/police-reluctant-enforce-law-justice-drive
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Standing Committee decision on political reform violates the Basic Law

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:50pm by Surya Deva

    ... Surya Deva Surya Deva says its power of interpretation cannot be used as a façade to amend mini constitution Standing Committee decision on political reform is a violation of the Basic Law The central government's representatives have consistently reminded us that the election of the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017 should be strictly in accordance with the Basic Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1583732/standing-committee-decision-political-reform-violates-basic-law
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's new advertising law offers consumer protection

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Advertising law will stop abuses Nothing sells like celebrity. This is apparently what some advertisers believe. Celebrity branding has indeed become so prevalent ... is tightening the rules. According to a revised draft of the advertising law, celebrities cannot promote products and services that they have not tried. Not only will they face punitive fines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1582500/beijings-new-advertising-law-offers-long-overdue-protection
  9. Comment - Letters

    Many of Hong Kong's laws are ignored or enforced in arbitrary manner

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:05am by LETTERS

    ... Many HK laws are ignored or enforced in arbitrary manner I represent an organisation involved in the recycling sector. While researching Hong Kong's man-made waste and environmental problems, I have been shocked to discover the pervasive official state of lawlessness. One definition of anarchy is not a country without laws, but one with many laws that are ignored, unenforced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1577919/many-hong-kongs-laws-are-ignored-or-enforced-arbitrary-manner
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam falls on own sword

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Law Society head falls on own sword The overwhelming vote of no confidence last week against Ambrose Lam San-keung made his resignation yesterday as Law Society ... have alleged? Experts as politically diverse as Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo, SC; Chatham House senior consulting fellow and former British diplomat Tim Summers; and associate law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1577186/hong-kong-law-society-president-ambrose-lam-falls-own-sword

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