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  1. Put lives above politics

    Posted Aug 25th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... safety lost out. Public health, it seems, is less important than allowing people to make a buck. No doubt the far more important reason was, as Mr Tsang said, that he did not want Hong Kong to 'ruin the reputation of the country'. The chief executive balanced the health of his people against the good name of China and decided that public health was not so important after all. ...

  2. Lift the veil and reveal the truth

    Posted Sep 28th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the unemployment problem, the frequency and seriousness of public protests, can all be considered state secrets. In addition, the strategy and overall plan for land-use development, environmental quality reports, data on public-health disasters caused by environmental pollution, information on serious accidents and industrial illnesses, unemployment and poverty of workers, and accusations against ...

  3. Bad fish, rotten policy

    Posted Sep 01st 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the media. And while Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok warned the public against eating eel, the government continued to allow it to be sold. Then, when freshwater fish from the mainland tested positive for malachite green, the government informed the mainland but did not warn the Hong Kong public. After talks between Dr Chow and mainland officials, it was announced ...

  4. Did only Hong Kong learn lessons from Sars?

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... identified, a student who returned from St Louis. The disease was being spread by travellers from North America. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok wrote to his US counterpart, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary for health and human services, asking Washington to screen outgoing air passengers to avoid exporting swine flu cases. He pressed his case again when he saw the American ...

  5. Time to test the water

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the European Union and others publicly applauded Taiwan for its endeavours. 'The US has long supported meaningful participation for Taiwan in these specialised agencies, including in the World Health Organisation,' the US Mission to the UN declared. 'Such participation would enable the international community to better address pressing global challenges.' The EU said ...

  6. Voices in the wilderness

    Posted Oct 18th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... public opinion. When the colonial government first appointed Chinese members to the council, their job was to represent the Chinese community. Now all members of Exco, official and unofficial alike, are Chinese. But because the government is still unelected, the role of the unofficial members includes representing public opinion. When all members belong to the uppermost levels ...

  7. There's no future in secrecy

    Posted Nov 30th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching China is in the news. On the health pages, one reads that foreign scientists are mystified that China has reported only three cases of human bird-flu infections when Vietnam- ... of the Ministry of Public Security, they injured 1.75 million people and killed 210,000 last year. Economic losses amounted to US$80.15 billion, or 6 per cent of the gross domestic product. China, we keep ...

  8. Asking the wrong questions

    Posted Feb 08th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Council election in September. The state of Mr Ho's health is not in dispute. Besides his liver ailment, psoriasis has covered his entire body in unsightly growths- a testament to the kind ... on Management of Public Order Punishments, issued in 1986, those guilty of prostitution-related offences can receive one of three kinds of punishment: detention of up to 15 days, a re-education through ...

  9. Suspect intentions

    Posted Nov 19th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... fainted at the opening session of the trial and has since been absent from court 17 times, on the grounds of poor health. At the time, prosecutors said they had enough evidence to indict Mr Chen ... after an 11-hour hearing. Under Taiwanese law, suspects can be detained for up to four months without an indictment. In August, Mr Chen publicly admitted misstating election finance expenses ...

  10. Riding the storm

    Posted Sep 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... problem is that Ma seems to be politically tone deaf. He is not expressive or emotional in public and, even when apologising, appears stiff and lacking empathy. For example, while meeting ... in this area, Ma's achievements are evident. Taipei has signed nine agreements with Beijing, managed to win observer status within the World Health Assembly and succeeded in holding on to the 23 ...



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