Bernard Chan

'There's no free lunch,' says Chan of universal pension

Hong Kong's elderly need financial assistance. Photo: Nora Tam

Executive councillor Bernard Chan has urged the government to reveal how much a universal pension scheme would cost taxpayers, a move he says is needed to assist public debate.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 4:16am

Leaders must ease Hong Kong worries over 'sham suffrage'

Bernard Chan

I refer to the article by Bernard Chan ("2017 election is but a step on nation's road to modernity", March 22).

30 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 2 comments

Bernard Chan says 2017 election may require leap of faith from Beijing

Executive Councillor Bernard Chan. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, he nevertheless expressed confidence that Hongkongers would not elect a leader who was unable to communicate with Beijing.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:14am 3 comments

Popular executive councillor 'not interested' in running for top job

Bernard Chan

Bernard Chan said it was tough to form a governing team given the current political climate. Chan said in an interview with the South China Morning Post that the chief executive's job was not an easy one even if he or she had the mandate after universal suffrage was introduced.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

Heritage policy must balance conservation and development

The residential redevelopment of Ho Tung Gardens is dropped after all. Photo: Sam Tsang

The public can be excused if they are confused about the government's commitment to heritage conservation. From the controversial U-turns on Government Hill and the historic Ho Tung Gardens to the choice of appointees on an advisory panel, there appears to be a lack of consistency and priority in preserving our diminishing heritage.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am

Andrew Lam takes over from Bernard Chan at helm of antiquities board

Andrew Lam Siu-lo. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A town planner who offered to quit the Antiquities Advisory Board together with Bernard Chan during the Government Hill controversy has been appointed its new chairman.

Andrew Lam Siu-lo will serve as head of the board for a term of two years with effect from January 1, the government announced yesterday.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:51am

Departing antiquities chief Bernard Chan calls for heritage review

Bernard Chan is leaving the board after six years. Photo: Dickson Lee

Sitting in his office the day after chairing his final meeting with the Antiquities Advisory Board, Bernard Chan appeared relieved to have put the heritage hot seat behind him.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

Bernard Chan fears about-turn on west wing

The west wing of the government’s former headquarters in Central.

The chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Bernard Chan, has warned the government that it will send a bad message if it scraps the west wing redevelopment plan in response to public lobbying.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:13pm 1 comment

Lingnan University president Chan Yuk-shee resigns

Lingnan University president Chan Yuk-shee. Photo: Dickson Lee

The head of the city's liberal arts college, Lingnan University president Chan Yuk-shee, has resigned for what he says are health reasons.

16 Oct 2012 - 3:52am

Bernard Chan weighs in on Elsie Leung over legal sector attack

Former Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie

The row over a withering attack by former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie on the city's legal sector and judges is still simmering, with two more political heavyweights expressing their views yesterday.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am

60 years old? When can you start?

New executive councillor Bernard Chan believes the city's tradition of retaining older staff 'may have something to do with Chinese culture', which favours keeping long-established relationships instead of striking up new ones.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chief executive's policies will speak louder than his words

July 1 was a memorable day for me. In the morning, I was sworn in as a non-official member of the Executive Council in a grand and solemn ceremony with President Hu Jintao in attendance. In the afternoon, I watched the annual march on its route from Victoria Park towards Central.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Get more liberals' to join Exco

More liberal-minded people should be invited to join the Executive Council, businessman and social welfare advocate Bernard Chan said after rejoining the government's top advisory body yesterday.

Critics pointed out that the 29-seat council - which has 15 official members, including the chief secretary and ministers, and 14 non-official ones - lacks pan-democratic members.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bernard Chan decides to stay on advisory board

Antiquities Advisory Board chairman Bernard Chan did a U-turn yesterday and withdrew his resignation, saying he wanted to unite the board and stop members from leaving over the Government Hill saga.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:29pm

Who said it?

Even if you're right, you have to convince people it's the case. You can't [just] say, 'I know better than you, I know this is good for you'

Bernard Chan, who quit as chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board last week

This outrageous act underlines how far beyond accepted behaviour the Syrian regime has put itself

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am