Colonial flag

Letters to the Editor, March 18, 2013

People watch fireworks in a Beijing street. Photo: AFP

After studying how the topic has been discussed over the last 20 plus years, I realise that, like what the experts say about grief over a lost loved one, there are five stages Hongkongers have experienced in their thinking on universal suffrage, although some have occurred simultaneously and not necessarily always in the following order.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 1:41am 7 comments

SCMP’s Falklands-inspired poll sparks Hong Kong colonial debate

A screenshot taken on Wednesday, 6pm Hong Kong time.

When Falkland Islanders voted 99.8 per cent to stay a British Overseas Territory, little did they know they would also kick up a fuss all the way around the world in Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Flagging up fears over threat to Hong Kong's autonomy

Protestors wave Hong Kong colonial flags outside Sheung Shui MTR station.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, recently denounced Hong Kong activists who waved colonial flags during protests, and warned that "opposition" and "centrifugal forces" would not be allowed to rule the city after universal suffrage was introduced.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments

Paper talk

Peter Lee Ka-kit

Fish paste sold in Wellcome supermarkets is found to be produced in a filthy house in Lok Ma Chau. And the house, swamped with rats and flies, is said to belong to businessman Kwok Chi-yau, a member of the chief executive election committee. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Displays of Hong Kong's colonial flag offend Beijing

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee - and tipped to be the next chairman of the nation's top advisory body - is the first high-level mainland official to address controversies involving Hong Kong.


7 Mar 2013 - 9:28am 45 comments

City Digest, March 4, 2013

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday defended the budget plan he announced last week, branding some of the criticisms as "dangerous". Tsang said those who opposed short-term relief measures were not taking into account macro-economic considerations.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

What's being said on

On the display of colonial flags in recent protests:

Ben Lim - It's clearly an indication they want the British instead of the Chinese government. Asking for separation from the Chinese government is the same as asking for independence.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:55am

Independent Hong Kong isn't on anyone's agenda

Fear not; there is no independence force, or virus spreading in Hong Kong. People are just resorting to extreme means to vent their frustrations. Photo: SCMP

Chen Zuoer, the former deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing and a key negotiator during the 1997 handover, said recently that "a force calling for Hong Kong independence has been gaining momentum in recent years, and it has spread like a virus".

He needn't worry; there is no independence force, or virus.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 13, 2012

Protesters fly colonial Hong Kong flags. Photo: Dickson Lee

Inappropriate to wave colonial flag

I refer to the article by  Keane Shum (“Leung should remember his oath to keep Hong Kong free”, November 7). 

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am 1 comment

What's being said on

On the shortage of international primary school places in HK:

Douglas Bland - The government has done enough damage already, it should allow the schools and concerned business networks to come up with proposals to create more international school capacity.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am

Leung's job is to protect our freedom to wave any flag

Leung should remember his oath to keep Hong Kong free.

It is understandable that the population of seven million in Hong Kong share different opinions on the government," Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said last Thursday.

"But, in any case, they do not need to wave the colonial flag to vent their frustrations."

7 Nov 2012 - 1:59am 3 comments

Flag-wavers have right to be ridiculous

Let us defend their right to be ridiculous.

What should be done with people who tried to provoke the government and Beijing by waving the British colonial flag during protests? Absolutely nothing. Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has a closet full of Che Guevara T-shirts. No one would waste time trying to tell him to wear something else.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:44pm 8 comments

Hong Kong chief executive urges people not to wave colonial flag

Leung Kwok-hung hurls plastic faeces in Legco. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

People unhappy with the government don't need to wave the British flag to express discontent, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday.

His appeal, echoed by some Beijing-loyalist lawmakers, follows heated comments associating the waving of the flag with demands for independence.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:45pm 16 comments