Central Policy Unit

Despite its limitations, democracy beats other types of government

Professor Wong Chack-kie, associate director of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and member of the HKSAR Central Policy Unit. Photo: SCMP/May Tse

Last month, Professor Wong Chack-kie of the Central Policy Unit said that democracy was no panacea for social problems, a view not many will challenge.

Friday, 24 January, 2014, 11:00pm 7 comments

Public research fund should stay out of government think tank's hands

Sophia Kao Ching-chi. Photo: David Wong

Thanks to Lew Mon-hung's revelations, we have been given the chance to witness some political mud-slinging over claims of promises of an Executive Council seat made during the chief executive election campaign.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

Letters to the Editor, January 14, 2013

Recycled water can be used for plants. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Beauty of New Territories being ruined

I couldn't agree more with Guy Shirra's points ("Scrap unfair small-house policy now", January 9).

I am so disillusioned with this policy and with Hong Kong in general.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 9 comments

Academics want think tank to back away

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok said academics feared research, methodology and publication of findings would be interfered with if the Central Policy Unit took control of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A group of 400 academics have handed a petition to the government calling on its top think tank to reverse a decision to take over management of a public research funding scheme.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Central Policy Unit has always served government of the day, analysts say

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his maiden policy address a week from today, there is little doubt that the fingerprints of the man tasked with leading the government's think tank will be all over it.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Scholars may shun CPU research funds amid politicisation suspicions

Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong. Photo: Felix Wong

Academics say they may shun a public policy research grant scheme because of questions about its impartiality and academic rigour, after the government took management of the fund away from scholars and gave it to the administration's top think tank.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

What the local media says

A pygmy marmoset.

Sunday, Apple Daily

Central Policy Unit to let some consultants go

5 Jan 2013 - 4:01am

Scholars express concern over Central Policy Unit's control of research fund

Scholars express concern over Central Policy Unit's control of research fund

Academics from eight universities have launched a signature campaign demanding the government gave back to scholars oversight power over a public policy research fund.

18 Dec 2012 - 7:28am

Hong Kong's Central Policy Unit think tank needs a rethink

Members of Hong Kong Federation of Students Petition on Leung Chun-ying expending Central Policy Unit's power. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Public servants are not known for having a strong appetite for additional work. So a department seeking to expand its roles to do more should win applause and commendation. Intriguingly, however, this is not the case for the Central Policy Unit (CPU). That the government's policy think tank has become the target of criticism suggests something is clearly amiss with its new direction.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Breaking the vicious cycle of distrust in Hong Kong politics

Stop the squabbling

In recent months, Hong Kong people have been complaining in unison about local politics as their frustrations boil over. Their dissatisfaction has centred on the Leung Chun-ying administration, but as the scandal over the chief executive's illegal structures continues, they are now worried whether the trusted civil service can remain neutral and effective.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

Central Policy Unit to take HK$20m fund from Research Grants Council

Sophia Kao's role at the unit is controversial. Photo: May Tse

The Central Policy Unit, the city's most influential think tank, intends to resume administration of a HK$20-million funding scheme from the university-linked Research Grants Council next year, the council says.

4 Dec 2012 - 2:37am 1 comment

Focus on helping poor, not hurting rich

An elderly woman in Central pushes a trolley loaded with cardboard boxes for recycling, a means of earning some extra cash. Photo: EPA

While listening to a talk last week given by Leo Goodstadt, I felt I was back in the good old days when the government's Central Policy Unit was run by people who knew what they were talking about.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 9 comments

Foolish to talk of moving faster towards 'one country'

Beijing loyalists did not learn a lesson from the national education debate. Photo: EPA

Why are we now, all of a sudden, refighting an old battle that was long settled? Didn't we painstakingly define and lock into place years ago how we differed from the mainland? That's what made it possible for capitalist Hong Kong to be reunited with communist China. Yet here we are, squabbling again over how to balance "one country" with "two systems".

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 5 comments

Think tank unit won't be 'internet police', Carrie Lam says

Carrie Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday defended the Central Policy Unit against a legislator's suggestion that the think tank was acting as an "internet police" force and denied that it could veto government appointments.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Legco members grill Carrie Lam over changes at Central Policy Unit

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor insisted yesterday there were no plans to change the nature or role of the Central Policy Unit, as lawmakers across the political spectrum continued to question a controversial appointment to the government think tank.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm