Chris Yeung

Sound Advice

Attractive though the mainland property market may seem, buyers should be aware of the laws and regulations they need to adhere to

Hongkongers wishing to invest in property in the mainland should be aware of the numerous regulations required of them.

Friday, 25 April, 2008, 12:00am

Exclusive living

Rising number of foreigners leads to big demand for luxury villas in northern Beijing

Long the scourge of the central government for their excessive land usage and for being beyond the means of the average Chinese, luxury villas continue to thrive in Beijing's northern reaches, and are in demand with the rising influx of foreigners.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Let national education take its course

In his policy address last year, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said: 'To prepare ourselves for the next decade, we must have a better understanding of our country's development and a stronger sense of our national and cultural identity.' To underline the importance of national education, Mr Tsang went to great lengths to repeat the call made by President Hu Jintao during a visit to m

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Space to be creative: it's all in the mind

Prominent painter Pang Jun was full of hope that he would be able to use his talent to illustrate the unique features of Hong Kong. But he could hardly have imagined that his work on the streets of the city would land him in trouble.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Call for entry permits policy change a good starting point

Chris Yeung's analysis in his At Large column ('Timely call for a Beijing-democrats truce', March 9), seems to be more of an appeal to the mainland authorities to play their part, than a call to the pan-democrats.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Tsang reinforces the 'us and them' mentality

Formed in 1998, the Commission on Strategic Development was revitalised by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in 2005, when he explained his strategy of 'people-based' government that aims to deliver good governance.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lowering the bar in more ways than one

The writing is on the wall. By lowering the bar on academic qualifications for the position of director of broadcasting, the government has opened the door for certain candidates - or one candidate - they already have in mind to bid for the vacated hot seat.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wealthy scions can bloom in the light

There are two, opposing views about the setting up of the Centum Charitas Foundation by a group of sons and daughters of Hong Kong's tycoons and political heavyweights. Sources close to the group were quoted in the media as saying that the Beijing-blessed initiative would counter the influence of the pan-democrats on social and political issues, in particular universal suffrage.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Democrats must rekindle the Ko Shan spirit

Twenty two years ago, veteran Democrat Szeto Wah and the Professional Teachers' Union he chaired led a rally of pressure groups, religious groups and community organisations in the Ko Shan Theatre in Hung Hom. Their demand for direct elections for the Legislative Council in 1988 ushered in Hong Kong's crusade for democracy.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tighten the checks on statutory bodies

Dubious use of public money, chaotic management and questionable cost-effectiveness. These have emerged as some of the common shortcomings of statutory bodies, as identified by the Audit Commission.

Recent cases include the scandal surrounding the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute; now the Tourism Board has joined the list.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Debate on core values on the back burner

A year after Hong Kong found its feet again following the political turmoil and economic woes of 2003, a group of about 300 professionals and intellectuals launched an unprecedented campaign to defend the city's core values.

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

I'm not in opposition, says Anson Chan

Anson Chan Fang On-sang has vowed to play a constructive, not adversarial, role and help foster co-operation between the government and the legislature if she is elected to the Legislative Council.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Out to impress as a new journey begins

Anson Chan Fang On-sang was walking on thin ice last night in trying to find a meeting point between ideals and reality.

Her appearance at an election forum hosted by the pan-democratic camp marked the end of a 39-year civil service career and the start of a new journey in elective politics.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Election big guns and the big unknowns

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a period of turbulence in Hong Kong politics with the start of nominations for this year's district council elections. For the first time since the 2004 Legislative Council elections, more than 3 million voters will be eligible to cast ballots, this time to fill the 405 elected seats in the 18 district councils.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A basic flaw in the democrats' makeup

To say that the pan-democratic camp is in trouble is merely stating the obvious. Beset by a string of scandals over the past two years, the Democratic Party is struggling to arrest a decline in popularity. Launched last year amid high expectations, the Civic Party has left much to be desired.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am