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  1. A small step to transparency

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Council ordered more transparent official handling of emergencies and other issues of widespread interest. The catalyst for that was public outrage over the government's handling of last ... recognition of the need for more government accountability and transparency. Given the lack of an independent judiciary, mainlanders cannot expect too much of it. But it should have been done a long ...


    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The government has proposed a HK$5 million fine and jail term of up to seven years for people found guilty of disseminating false or misleading information in the sale of first-hand properties. This is part of a two-month public consultation, which will end on January 28, to enhance consumer protection and add transparency. The government wants the use of a standardised ...

  3. Beijing's pronouncements on transparency ring a little hollow

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Party Central Committee and the Secretariat of the State Council, listing 20 ways to increase government transparency. Just days earlier, on the previous Friday evening, an order was reportedly ... the circular brought hope of a 'sunlight government' of openness and transparency. For some time now, the column noted, 'hardly a day goes by without hearing public criticism' ...

  4. A long way to go on transparency

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... ago in the name of transparency. Surveys commissioned last year by the association to find out how it is perceived came back with the unsurprising response that there is more loathing than ... no trouble spelling out the flaws. Their perceptions- that there is a lack of industry transparency and in-store marketing is poor- have long been a cause for complaint. Part of the image problem has ...

  5. Rules on flat sales are important

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that transparency and ethical codes of conduct apply to both markets. This is far from the case in practice. Heavy penalties for using misleading or false information to manipulate share sales or prices do ... they are now. That said, it is good that the REDA has acknowledged the need for regulation and transparency and has not ruled out custodial penalties for serious misconduct. It is the principle ...

  6. Transparency vital for judicial system

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to sensitivities, however, fair procedures and greater transparency in the judicial process are very important. Fugitives from foreign justice do not usually return to China because of the jurisdictional ...

  7. Seeing through all the talk of transparency

    Posted Aug 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Shanghai that killed 58 people. A similar 'open, transparent' investigation was announced soon after, amid allegations district government corruption contributed to the inferno. In the past month, 23 people have been convicted in connection to the fire, but few details have been made public. For all the talk of transparency, there is little evidence that government ...

  8. New questions after transparency drive

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com The Red Cross Society of China's move to improve transparency and the image of the charitable organisation by publishing information on donations and expenditure online raised more questions yesterday- just one day after its launch. Information on the source and the use of donations collected after the earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, ...

  9. Events fund needs more transparency

    Posted Jun 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to monitor the use of public money and said the assessments of all applications would be published to enhance transparency. Interestingly, he nominated the Hong Kong Sevens, Standard Chartered ... ultimately controls the fund, does not share all of Lam's sentiments. If there were more transparency, the public would have a clearer idea why grants to promote the UBS Hong Kong Open golf ...

  10. Transparency the key in fight against superbugs

    Posted May 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is released later this month, we will finally be in a position to make meaningful choices and be better able to hold authorities to account. It is all a matter of transparency- a key element in any ... is, in effect, named and shamed by being shown to have higher infection rates may be seen as being harmful to staff morale. But it is precisely for these reasons that transparency is so ...




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