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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legislators should care less about their stomach, more about public opinion

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... about their stomach, more about public opinion It's often said that Chinese culinary culture involves eating just about any creature from the ocean to the sky. But as we all know, not all ... as the shameful inclusion of foie gras as a dining choice. This exposes how insensitive they are to public sentiment and world trends. This mistake- worse than the recent debacle in which some lawmakers ...

  2. Beware of those seeking to manipulate public opinion

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... popularity hitting a new low. According to a University of Hong Kong opinion poll in mid-October, public distrust almost doubled, from 14.3 per cent in August to 28 per cent last month. On the other ... and allow the media to pull the wool over our eyes with reports that are based on false information. Sensational news does not represent public opinion. In any event, those accusations have turned ...

  3. No more gravy train

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... a consultation paper seeking public opinion on tougher safeguards. To be fair, the current vetting system for preventing potential conflicts of interest when former officials take jobs in the private ... but not so their non-pensionable counterparts. Essentially, the best safeguard is moral obligation driven by public opinion, as demonstrated in Mr Leung's case where the huge public outcry ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong police's harassment of protesters tarnishes good name of Asia's 'finest'

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 05:02pm by Albert Cheng

    ... and the Independent Police Complaints Council for accusing officers of abusing their power. Despite the association's self-righteousness, the latest survey data tells a different story. A recent opinion poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme pointed to a growing negative public perception of the police. The police department is ranked the lowest among ...

  5. Life's most important links

    Posted Jan 01st 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... That arrogance and insensitivity to public opinion has turned out to be costly. The 510,000 small investors seeking to make a quick return have vented their anger at those behind the lawsuit to block ... has grossly underestimated the value of its public housing assets. The Legco housing panel passed a resolution expressing its reservations about the way the Link listing exercise was being ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's white paper sounds death knell for Hong Kong as we know it

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 11:56am by Albert Cheng

    ... reputation. Bao denounced the paper as a short-sighted attempt to suppress the Occupy Central movement. His views, expressed through the international media, resonate with mainstream public opinion ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Exco member's clueless remarks reflect council's growing irrelevance

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 03:15am by Albert Cheng

    ... the methodology of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme, which consistently found low support levels for the chief executive. Interestingly, the programme has found that only about ... the future of Hong Kong. However, as far as the public can see, some can't even talk common sense. In a speech at a seminar organised by the Hong Kong Association for the Promotion of Peaceful ...

  8. To serve and collect

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... which plays the gatekeeping role. Committee members are all pro-establishment figures who may not be best placed to ascertain public opinion. It is not difficult to imagine that, had there been ... of some of our frontline public servants has won the community's highest respect, as evident in the public grief and sympathy following the death of two firemen, whereas the move of a retired ...

  9. Towering arrogance and greed

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... against public opinion and Mother Nature. Yet, the developers' conduct smacks of arrogance, and they have become a public enemy. On the basis of $4,000 to $4,500 per square foot ... by profit, New World Development and Sun Hung Kai Properties have decided to demolish the seven residential towers, despite strong public opposition. Capitalists in a capitalist society like Hong ...

  10. A mere tool for speculators

    Posted Dec 17th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... in such long-term returns. They are instead determined to sell the undervalued assets as soon as possible, in their pursuit of maximum profit. I chose to stand against public opinion and to support Ms ... profit from the initial public offering exercise, if the real estate investment trust scheme had been more carefully planned and priced. These figures prove that the Housing Authority has indeed ...




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