Tsang's taskforce

Watching the Financial Secretary and his unemployment taskforce word-spinning their way through a list of half-measures was a dispiriting experience.

Thursday, 4 June, 1998, 12:00am

Leap victim

A businessman, Tsang Ching-yuk, 34, who claimed to have been cheated out of money, was critically ill after leaping from his 12th-floor flat in City Garden, North Point.

29 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Poor Budget

The Financial Secretary Donald Tsang is a man of outstanding intellect, yet has allowed his vision and humanity to be clouded and diminished by the sychophants that obviously surround him.

The 'prudent' Budget, devised and ardently defended by the Government, is puny, punitive and pernicious, as far as the underprivileged are concerned.

8 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

$2.5m for punched carpenter

One punch has cost a construction worker $2.5 million.

Master carpenter Tsang Yik-on, 44, won the payout from a colleague who hit him in the face during a squabble over a plank.

Mr Tsang was working on the Pacific Place Phase 2 construction site in August 1990.

22 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Opportunity squandered

The Financial Secretary Donald Tsang, rightly received much criticism for sitting on the Government's billions of dollars of cash reserves.

22 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Tsang stands his ground

Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may have given up the film titles he once adapted for his speeches, but the controversy they attract has not gone away.

The first local Chinese to hold the territory's purse strings, he used to give his speeches titles from such household movies as Basic Instinct and The Silence Of The Lambs.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Golden glow for Tsang's Budget

'Lower! Lower!' shouted the photographers. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen moved accordingly and the flashbulbs flashed.

'Higher! Higher!' shouted the cameramen.

He held his budget speech aloft and the cameras whirred.

On the English version there was a little note sticking out saying 'secret'.

12 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Security guards foil raid

Two illegal immigrants yesterday scaled a barbed wire fence into the Shouson Hill garden of Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, but fled empty-handed.

Mr Tsang was on an official visit to Bangkok with his wife when the intruders sneaked in at 2 am. Last night, the couple flew to Britain, where their two children are studying.

23 May 1996 - 12:00am

Dreams of the bleating hearts

Elizabeth Wong's hair was done in a formidable bun. Christine Loh was dressed in military uniform.

4 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Making a break with tradition

UNLIKE his predecessors, Mr Tsang occasionally broke with tradition.

After reading most of the 45-page budget speech in English, Mr Tsang switched to Cantonese for the last three pages.

His aides said Mr Tsang was keen to balance the need to speak in an international language along with the most common one in the territory.

7 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Line-up vexes official

HAVING a wide range of mainlanders on the Preparatory Committee is difficult, local National People's Congress standing committee member Tsang Hin-chi admits.

His comments followed the disclosure that a mainland member of the standing committee had said mainland appointees were not representative enough.

26 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Erecting a wreckage at Fringe gathering

THOSE of you who thought a happening was a party someone didn't have the guts to officially invite anyone to, should make your way to the Fringe tonight at 7.30pm where the real thing, Hong Kong style, will be taking place.

21 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

HK drug woman to hang today

HONG KONG woman Elke Tsang Kai-mong is to be hanged as scheduled this morning after Singapore authorities rejected her last-ditch appeal for a reprieve.

The request for a stay of execution was lodged by Tsang's Singapore lawyers, apparently on grounds that her father was in ill-health.

16 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Elke Tsang Kai-mong to be hanged

HONG KONG woman Elke Tsang Kai-mong is due to be hanged in Singapore early tomorrow morning for drug offences.

Tsang's family is believed to have been notified of the scheduled execution less than a week ago, and is now paying the 29-year-old merchandiser final visits in Singapore's Changi prison.

15 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Basic instinct for prudence

SECRETARY for the Treasury Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said there were strict safeguards against misuse and overspending of public funds, and rejected mainland fears of excessive welfare spending.

Mr Tsang said it was a 'basic instinct' among civil servants to keep a tight purse.

13 Oct 1994 - 12:00am