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CY's 'committee politics' plan doomed to fail, say critics

The "committee politics" that worked in the pre-handover era is out of date as direct public participation in politics has become the mainstream, says City University social studies lecturer Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang.

Monday, 28 January, 2013, 10:02am 2 comments

Waiting for Scrooge

Christmas is not a time to be talking about politics, but that's what they're doing up in Beijing. National leaders are talking about us and our politics; more specifically, whether they think we have become trustworthy enough to be politically unshackled.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

More time needed on land misuse inquiry

A Legislative Council committee is still working on a report about rural leader Daniel Heung Cheuk-kei's unauthorised conversion of a warehouse on government land into a luxury villa.

Sources familiar with the Public Accounts Committee's deliberations said legislators needed more information and were not yet ready to consider what recommendations to make.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How the ESF will be run

Key features of the ESF governance reform:

ESF foundation of 134 members and its executive committee to be replaced by 25-member board of governors.

Board to include 15 independent members, including two legislative councillors, three school council chairmen and 10 members appointed by a nominations committee.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

New panel on cultural hub begins to take shape

Members of the new consultative committee on the West Kowloon Cultural District project are likely to be announced this week.

The panel, headed by Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, will comprise three subcommittees chaired by Executive Council members.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority rapped over pay study

Board members say staff committee is being too secretive about the findings

The Hospital Authority board is being urged to open up after it was criticised for being 'secretive' in handling a pay study for its senior executives.

Kwok Ka-ki, a board member and legislator for the medical sector, said he was frustrated by the board's lack of transparency.

1 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Opportunity for openness must be grasped

The government's recent pledges to conduct its business with greater transparency are more than welcome. One very easy way to boost these efforts would be to tighten the rules under which its advisory bodies operate.

8 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Home Affairs Bureau establishes three cultural committees

Updated at 5.54pm: The Home Affairs Bureau has established three cultural committees to help promote the performing arts, public libraries and museums, a spokesman said on Friday.

The committees would formulate strategies and plans for the development of cultural facilities and services, based on the Culture and Heritage Commission policy recommendations, he said.

12 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Ex-convicts penalised by poll rules

Former prisoners can run for Legco sooner than for apartment committees

It is currently easier - in theory at least - for ex-convicts to stand for the post of chief executive or for a seat in Legco than to seek a place on the mutual aid committees of the buildings where they live.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Why more dissent means better policies

This year's political dramas have propelled the government into full listening and consultation mode, as an enforced substitute for conventional democracy. It may be welcome, but there is a danger that we end up either effectively having a street referendum on just about everything, or freezing all action. Paralysis has already, for example, struck the field of revenue-raising.

9 Dec 2003 - 12:00am