Chief Secretaries of Hong Kong

HK leader Leung must focus on building team as controversies mount

When is a good time to take a break? If you are the chief executive of Hong Kong, the answer is probably never.

Sunday, 12 August, 2012, 10:17pm

Appointment could signal end of C.Y. plan

Paul Chan Mo-po's appointment as development chief (instead of the proposed new post of deputy financial secretary) signals that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has pulled the reins on his restructuring plan.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Did I merit my pay, ex-political assistant muses

When he became the youngest political assistant in then chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration in 2008, Paul Chan Chi-yuen asked himself a question: was he really worth his monthly pay of HK$134,150?

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Paul Chan in mix for development post

The administration has discussed the vacant position of development chief with lawmaker Paul Chan Mo-po - already tipped as a candidate for deputy financial secretary.

'If the government invites me [to be secretary for development], I will proactively consider it and I am willing to take it up,' the accountancy sector legislator said on a Commercial Radio programme yesterday.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Upright ways

All the insiders know it: serving as a senior official in colonial Hong Kong government is the next best thing to being the most powerful ruler in the world. Perhaps even better.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Civil service must be taught integrity

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying certainly has not helped himself with his apparent lack of candour over unauthorised structures. But a bigger issue has come to the fore which, while not his fault, raises serious questions about standards of integrity among senior government servants more broadly.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

ICAC chief faces credibility hurdle

Simon Peh Yun-lu, the new chief of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, is likely to have proven his hard-nosed credentials by keeping out of the city people whom Beijing has deemed as persona non grata.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Red Cross denies it has snubbed Leung's wife

A decision not to invite Regina Tong Ching-yee, the wife of the new chief executive, to be the president of the Red Cross was not political, the organisation said, even though its past two presidents were married to the city's leaders.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

ICAC chief denies Tsang urged him to probe Leung

Chief graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming has rejected a media report that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen urged him over lunch to investigate allegations of false statements by his successor, Leung Chun-ying.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, the former head of the Monetary Authority, has been criticised by Legco for not preventing banks from selling the disastrous Lehman Brothers minibonds - what with Hong Kong being known for its particularly tight regulation of the financial industry.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Let Tsang finish his term, then conduct a proper probe

Will he or won't he step down from the position of chief executive during the last month of his term? That is the question on many people's mind about Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's fate, which will probably be decided in the middle of this month when he is scheduled to have his last question-and-answer session with the Legislative Council.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Justice secretary 'will consider' staying out of senior officials' cases

The law against corruption involving senior officials is clear, says Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung, and he will consider disengaging from sensitive cases so the prosecution will be fair and seen to be so.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Anson Chan calls for more openness

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has criticised outgoing Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen for not encouraging his subordinates to give honest opinions, which she believes has affected policymaking.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We want to work together with all the other countries for the good of the euro

French President Francois Hollande, after meeting Germany's Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel

Tsang does not encourage colleagues to give honest opinions internally

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang criticises Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

Incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed a major government restructuring that includes the appointment of new deputies for the chief secretary and the financial secretary. The goals are to improve governance and accountability.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am