Ex-district councillor pleads guilty to fraud

A former district councillor previously jailed for theft has admitted stealing more than HK$300,000 from 57 people and gambling away their money instead of organising advertised tours to Macau.

Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am

Rosy prospects for district councillor assistants

If you have a passion for politics, being a district councillor's assistant could be a good stepping stone. North District councillor Jiff Yiu Ming (right), of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), was a district councillor assistant before he himself became a district councillor in 2007.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Young stars aim to empower district seats

Au Nok-hin, Lo Kin-hei and Ben Chung Kam-lun have a lot in common: they are pan-democrats in their twenties who won seats in this month's district council elections.

The trio also shares the same political vision of their district councillor posts as life-long, full-time careers, instead of as traditional stepping stones to the city's legislature.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Activist fights uphill battle on walking trails

Vivian Leung Tai Yuet-kam was celebrating last week.

The chairwoman of the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group, dedicated to stopping the government and a district council from installing railings along walking trails, was jubilant that her group's campaign against building a wall in Old Peak Road appeared to be bearing fruit.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Appointees more likely to receive honours

Appointed district councillors are more likely to receive government honours than their elected peers despite a lower rate of participation in council work, a study has found.

The observation was made by New Forum, a government-friendly political group, which concluded that appointed seats on district councils should be phased out.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Councillors are drowning under flood of paper

The city's 18 district councils are being urged to cut down on the use of paper - currently well over two million pages a year - while increasing transparency by posting more documents online.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Former district councillor guilty of fraud

Former North District councillor Au Wai-kwan, 58, was found guilty in the District Court of falsely claiming to have spent HK$737,000 on the salaries of two assistants. Au had pleaded not guilty but was convicted of seven counts of fraud by Deputy Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on. Au, whose wife was found not guilty, was remanded in custody to await sentencing.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Appointed councillors decry plan to take away voting rights

Government-appointed district councillors yesterday said a constitutional reform proposal which could rob them of their right to stand for and elect their colleagues in Legislative Council elections was unfair.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Debating under another identity

I recently participated in an interesting debating competition.

Normally, we debate either for or against a motion we have no personal background in. But in this competition we had to debate for or against a motion under an assumed identity, such as the chief executive or a legislative councillor.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

District councillors to get pay review

The government will consider extending an end-of-service gratuity and medical allowance to district councillors. As of the current Legislative Council, lawmakers are entitled to such a gratuity and an annual medical allowance of HK$25,000. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing told Legco the government would review district councillors' pay arrangements.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Fast footwork on pedestrian bridge

It's democrat paranoia again, but they always insist we don't have 'one country, two systems'. The latest complaint is from lawmaker Kam Nai-wai about a footbridge being built by the foreign ministry in Mid-Levels across McDonnell Road to its staff quarters. Walking down about 100 metres to work is clearly too strenuous for our fine civil servants.

18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Districts lack guidance to check use of public space, councillors say

District councillors say a government scheme under which they would monitor the use of public spaces in private developments will not work because the councillors lack guidelines about how the different spaces should be used.

9 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Councillor's wife appears in court for alleged assault

1 May 2008 - 12:00am

Councillor accused of fraud over allowances

A Wan Chai district councillor has been charged with falsely claiming allowances worth HK$35,500 over three years. Lee Kai-hung, 48, entered no plea yesterday in Eastern Court before Principal Magistrate Garry Tallentire. He faces one count of misconduct in public office and seven counts of fraud.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Developer's food-hamper gifts to councillors raise eyebrows

Members of the Islands District Council were offered food hampers by a Discovery Bay land developer this year, sparking concerns about possible conflicts of interest.

It is understood that Hong Kong Resort, the developer of a residential-resort complex on Lantau Island, sent hampers to many of the 22 councillors soon after the new four-year council term began in January.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am