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  1. Mainland casts big shadow over HK corruption image

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly International businesses consider Hong Kong the second least-corrupt place to do business in Asia, a new survey has found. But the mainland's ranking as the seventh most-corrupt place in the region boded badly for Hong Kong's future, as the amount of cross-border business increased, the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy survey said. ...

  2. Civil service pay- too much, or a way of curbing corruption?

    Posted Dec 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are well paid not to ensure they work efficiently, but for a much more important reason. The government provides us with different services. Its work is done by civil servants. Corruption may occur within a bureaucracy which will disrupt the functions of government. Civil servants are paid higher than the market rate in order to prevent such corruption. Singapore has adopted a similar ...

  3. Chief secretary should structure her political support more carefully

    Posted Jul 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for development who resigned 12 days after his appointment when he was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for allegedly misusing government housing allowances. Lam publicly pledged ... in village houses in the New Territories. In fact, the illegal structure issue has now evolved into a political issue, all thanks to Lam. Is the illegal structure problem now being used ...

  4. A change of culture is needed in rural politics

    Posted Sep 17th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that elections for the committee chiefs can often be fiercely competitive. Regrettably, however, this grassroots form of political rivalry has frequently led to breaches of the law and sometimes breaches of the peace. This week's arrests by the Independent Commission Against Corruption of more than 50 people suspected of vote-rigging has once again cast a cloud over the rural committee polls. ...

  5. Capitalism and politics

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... sector?' Dr Yeung should look at the US with eyes wider open. He would find that functional constituencies in Hong Kong control the legislature far less than business in the US controls politics. An investigative writer has called the US system The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. That direct elections are held there seems to be the panacea to Dr Yeung for all political problems. He might learn from ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Conflict of interest disclosures need to be more specific for Hong Kong politicians

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Conflict of interest rules inadequate Adherence to the highest standards in preventing conflicts of interest should be first and foremost in the minds of politicians nowadays. Not only are they required to abide by the strictest rules, they ...

  7. Political Animal

    Posted Oct 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the council's unique nature. 'Democracy Road,' member Albert Chan Wai-yip said. 'It is a political body elected by the citizens after all.' And that was already the second choice. ... was reported to the graft-busters to follow up. And who filed the complaint to the Independent Commission Against Corruption? None other than the League of Social Democrats. By law, the commission has ...

  8. Political Animal

    Posted Jun 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the next two months, according to a source familiar with Beijing's political agenda. It comes after a series of missions by representatives of mainland departments and think-tanks who have ... on the Hong Kong political scene. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is expected to visit Beijing in July, followed by the Liberal Party. They are likely to meet ...

  9. How to confuse a clear-cut political case

    Posted Dec 20th 2007, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... It drew heavily on this year's public consultation on political reform, and noted that more than half of Hongkongers surveyed support universal suffrage in 2012. But the report, ... to be established. Corruption cannot be controlled, and grievances are covered up while they accumulate. Hong Kong's constitutional development must make sure that the lessons of Macau are well learned. ...

  10. Civic Party will improve political landscape

    Posted Mar 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The establishment of the Civic Party represents a step forward for Hong Kong politics. It's important to have political parties to supervise and form governments, train politicians and educate voters. A civil society cannot progress without the participation of different political parties. Prior to this, we had only three types of party: pro-democracy; pro-Beijing; ...




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