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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... of non-residential properties. "The legal sector has repeatedly expressed to us their worries about the risk of keeping the money," Tsang wrote, without elaborating on the nature of the risk. ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco filibuster on stamp duty puts more than HK$4b at stake, lawyers warn

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 05:57am by Austin Chiu, Sandy Li

    ... of Centaline Property's residential department, estimated the sum could have risen to HK$10 billion by now. Property buyers were not sheltered by compulsory insurance against professional ... that filibustering in the Legislative Council had delayed passing of the measure. A large portion of the "enormous amount" of tax collected arose from purchases of non-residential properties, Tsang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553517/legco-filibuster-stamp-duty-puts-more-hk4b-stake
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Young tycoon wants to serve Mid-Levels with district office

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Liberal Party member made his fortune with property speculation, and now wants to spread 'positive energy' from Bonham Road district office Young tycoon wants to serve Mid-Levels To some people, property speculation is risky and all about making money, but Victor Ng Lung-fei is hoping that his experience in the trade and his story ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570816/young-tycoon-wants-serve-mid-levels-district-office
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Stamp duty relief for corporate property buyers set to be voted down

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:29am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com People Power does U-turn again on help for corporate property buyers Stamp duty change set to be blocked An amendment to stamp duty legislation to give ... to object to the proposal from pan-democrat Kenneth Leung. The amendment, to legislation to impose a doubling of stamp duty on most property purchases, will be put to a vote in the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554350/stamp-duty-relief-corporate-property-buyers-set-be-voted-down
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    More than half of Hongkongers would accept 2017 one-man, one-vote with unsatisfactory nomination, says survey

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 07:11pm by Joyce Ng

    ... of the Concern Group for Public Opinion on Constitutional Reform and founder of property agency Centaline. Shih referred to one question in the phone survey, conducted by Lingnan University researchers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1568435/half-city-would-accept-vote-2017-unsatisfactory-nomination-system-survey
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central a danger to the Hong Kong property market, Barclays Bank warns

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:52pm by Joyce Ng, Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan

    ... Occupy 'a danger to property market' "Unexpected shocks" like the planned Occupy Central protest could trigger a property market slump, leading international bank Barclays warned yesterday. And it would take Hong Kong longer to recover than after the crashes of 2003 and 2008, it said. Barclays said prices had deviated too much from fundamentals, making the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549994/occupy-central-danger-property-market-warns-barclays-bank
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Donations scandal opens can of worms for all parties, academic says

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 03:38am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... a party law would inevitably discourage sponsorship from businesses. He suggested that the DAB might be more afraid of such a law, as it could be financially aided by property tycoons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1564470/academic-says-donations-scandal-opens-can-worms-all-parties
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Concern group calls on Hong Kong to oppose candidate screening in 2017 election

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by JEFFIE LAM, Gary Cheung and Ada Lee

    ... concern group includes three Democratic Party members as well as Centaline Property Agency boss Shih Wing-ching and Andy Ho On-tat, who was information coordinator for former chief executive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559289/concern-group-calls-hong-kong-oppose-candidate-screening-2017
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Parties' Legco voting records show a blurring of political lines, Post finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Stuart Lau

    ... Business-unfriendly policies such as doubling the property stamp duty have pushed the Liberal Party- a traditional ally of the government- closer to its most vocal critics, the pan-democrats. ... opposing almost half of the other's motions. The unclear battle lines were highlighted by the vote on the doubling of the property stamp duty to curb speculation, a brainchild of Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557132/parties-legco-voting-records-show-blurring-political-lines-post-finds

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