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  1. Flawed system in need of a rethink

    Posted Aug 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the next leader. But there is a growing recognition that whoever gets the job will face the same problem as the first two chief executives- inherent flaws in our political system ... But the past 14 years have shown the existing framework has created more tension than co-operation between the executive arm and the legislature. Put simply, it is difficult for the government to get ...

  2. City urged to boost co-operation with Taiwan

    Posted Aug 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung Hong Kong may lag behind mainland cities in cross-strait co-operation if it does not accelerate efforts to liaise more with Taiwanese cities and counties, visiting Taipei ... financial system and English-language education. A keen painter, the magistrate yesterday launched a six-day exhibition of his own oil paintings at Pao Galleries at the Arts Centre. On Sunday he ...

  3. A deft operator left holding a weak hand

    Posted Mar 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to operate without a genuine mandate from the people. Now, he has also been deprived of the legitimacy which adherence to the Basic Law would give him. Political expediency has been allowed ... a leader who will work hard to put in place a much more representative political system. Mr Tsang has gone to great lengths to win Beijing's favour. He must now convince the public that he ...

  4. Handling of Thai crisis showed system's failings, Henry Tang says

    Posted Dec 04th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... system for responding to such emergencies, the chief secretary admitted yesterday. Henry Tang Ying-yen apologised on behalf of the administration to those who had been inconvenienced, but denied ... on Tuesday that it needed reviewing. The chief secretary noted that the special flights Cathay Pacific Airways operated to Hong Kong from the U-Tapao military airport 140km southeast of Bangkok ...

  5. Tsang caned by system he so earnestly supports

    Posted Jul 11th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... 'sensibly and reasonably'. Stronger words may well have been uttered in private or maybe nothing further was said. We are unlikely to find out because the new Hong Kong operates within an opaque system that is increasingly selective in what it reveals. However, what we do know is what we can see precisely because it was on open display, a display designed and rightly recognised ...

  6. System failure

    Posted Feb 11th 2007, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans, Ma Ngok

    ... by the rigidity of a system borrowed from colonial days. Political society is underdeveloped, but the roots are in Hong Kong's colonial past, he says. Ma decided to write the book after the 2002 ... of the younger generation and continuing economic development, Hong Kong's political system was trying to play catch-up. Ask the disenfranchised, disenchanted taxi drivers in Hong Kong- one ...

  7. Tsang and Leung have to co-operate

    Posted Apr 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... mothers in 2013. The episode has raised doubts about whether the incoming and the outgoing leaders were serious when they pledged to co-operate on a smooth transition. Tsang has stressed that he ... is prepared to help secure the necessary funding from Legco for the new ministerial posts proposed by his successor. The importance of Tsang and Leung co-operating better cannot be overstated. The two ...

  8. Hong Kong's system is running on empty

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Our executive-led system of government is cracking. Its inherent limitations and flaws have been exposed by the bruising chief executive race. Its worsening ... is either greater authoritarianism or full democracy. Hong Kong people must choose. Our hybrid governing system is not without political genius. It is an amalgamation of British colonialism ...

  9. Leung pays another visit to Beijing liaison officials

    Posted May 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and preparation on the enhancement plan [for economic co-operation],' Leung said. His first visit to the liaison office, just 24 hours after his election, led to claims that he was there to thank ...

  10. Civil service union urges review of ministerial system

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com A leading civil service union has called for a review of the ministerial system to improve governance. The call by the 90,000-strong Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants' Association followed recent comments by Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying that the present ministerial system should be expanded. Leung is widely considered a likely candidate ...




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