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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Henry Tang backers set to form powerful Legco bloc

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Tang backers set to form strong Legco bloc Pro-business group Economic Synergy is apparently leading the race to court independent lawmakers to strengthen its clout in the new Legislative Council. The group may forge an al ...

  2. HK leaders fail us by not speaking truth to power

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said that?' There was utter silence. 'Now you know,' he replied, with the ghost of a smile. So, it takes a lot of courage to be in the room with powerful leaders ...

  3. Soft power can trump a hard sell

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by a legislature with well nigh nothing but vetting powers so quickly after his elevation? A post-mortem examination sheds interesting light on the powers a leader has- the powers at Leung's disposal and the powers he lacks to govern effectively in Hong Kong. The fact is that Leung has vast powers at his disposal: billions of dollars in the government's fiscal and foreign exchange reserves; ...

  4. They've all got to come down

    Posted Jun 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with a registration system. Both sides agreed that environmentally friendly additions and amenities, such as a solar-powered water heater, a rooftop security gate and a small canopy over the main door, would ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Extra storeys added illegally to village houses in the New Territories must come down, the government said yesterday. After a meeting with powerful rural affairs ...

  5. Kuk plays hardball on housing

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... structures on their houses. After the protest, in which residents also criticised kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat as being weak in negotiating with the secretary, the powerful rural affairs body held ... with sanctions to be imposed at a later date. Minor illegal structures, such as solar panels for heating, will be exempt. A Development Bureau spokesman said it had consulted the kuk in June ...

  6. The power of public opinion

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Regina Ip The outcome of the Hong Kong chief executive election is nothing short of a seismic change. Leung Chun-ying, the chief executive-elect, played an important role in Hong Kong's reunification with China both before and after 1997. Yet, not ha ...

  7. Nominations reveal 'distinct' power blocs

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural affairs body, where Leung received none. However, the kuk's chief, Lau Wong-fat, said on Tuesday that 'nominations and voting are two separate ... it safe or have different views. One example is the powerful Li brothers. David Li is chairman of Tang's election office, but his younger brother, Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, the former secretary ...

  8. Kuk chief backs our plan, says minister

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... be a tactic to gain more bargaining power from the government. 'Some play the radicals and Lau has always played the broker, able to unite the factions and, in return, ask the government ... facilities- Metal supporting racks for air-conditioners- Small antennas, TV dish antennas, solar energy equipment- Open rooftop gardening trellis smaller than 5 square metres- Metal drying racks ...

  9. 'Powerful' kuk may use votes to bargain

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com The 28 votes the Heung Yee Kuk holds in the chief executive poll put it in a 'powerful' position to defy the government's crackdown ... the most powerful moment for the kuk to bargain with the two candidates,' he said. Thirty candidates will contest the 28 seats reserved for the Heung Yee Kuk in the Election Committee ...

  10. Do Hong Kong police have too many discretionary powers?

    Posted Nov 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... that by doing so they have somehow abused their powers. The question is whether the police have acted in ways that may be considered unethical. The answer is no. The reason why there has been a stir about the police's discretionary powers is because the police seem to have become more stringent in upholding the rule of law. Commonly quoted examples include the police's handling ...




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