Whistle-blower plays two tunes

A banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency, is seen at Central district. Photo: David Wong

Whatever happened to America the Beautiful? It seems like it's morphed into America the Hypocrite. Whistle-blower Edward Snowden's jaw-dropping revelations of massive cyber-spying by the US have ushered in the age of Bash America.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 5:14am 11 comments

DAB puts Starry Lee in the driver's seat

Starry Lee Wai-king.

High rents and a shortage of office space have prompted the city's biggest political party to open a mobile district office - and "super seat" lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king will be giving it a road test.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:33am

HK's young politicos confident in patriotism, divided on one-party rule

Dominic Lee

They are Hong Kong's politicians of the future and, despite coming from different parties, they all consider themselves patriots. But while each has no problem defining their idea of patriotism, they differ on whether a true patriot would call for an end to one-party rule.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 1 comment

70pc frown on Occupy Central plan: DAB poll

Benny Tai is leading an ambitious drive for democracy.

Seven out of every 10 people are not supportive of a planned blockade of Central roads to demand genuine universal suffrage, a Beijing-loyalist party has found in a poll.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:46am 3 comments

DAB chief opts to stay to groom new generation

DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung wants to stay for another term.

The leader of the pro-Beijing flagship has decided to stay on for another two years. Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, yesterday said he had signed up for the party's April 19 central committee election.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:46am

Pan-democrats caught off guard in debate

Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung will be keen to get autographs.

Of the many attempts by the pan-democrats to discredit Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, yesterday's failed motion to look into Lew Mon-hung's allegations against the chief was probably the most embarrassing for them. Just six lawmakers voiced their support for the motion in a debate that lasted only two hours.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:12am

Chan Kam-lam, Ip Kwok-him worst performers in Legco

Chan Kam-lam, Ip Kwok-him worst performers in Legco

Usually it's the trade-based lawmakers who underperform. But the latest survey shows two directly elected district-based veterans from the pro-government bloc have been leading the way - for tabling the least questions and motions in Legco. Meanwhile, pan-democrat Peter Cheung Kwok-che was the most active, filing the most queries and motions. Following him were new faces Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok of the Civic Party and Elizabeth Quat of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB).

19 Feb 2013 - 4:42am 1 comment

Gay-bias law could help create a more tolerant society

Participants take part in a Gay Pride parade in Hong Kong on November 10, 2012. Photo: AFP

Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan put forward a proposal calling for public consultation on legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

New lawmaker makes her mark

Ann Chiang Lai-wan

Among Legco's 28 new lawmakers, Ann Chiang Lai-wan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) did not take too long to make her name known - for better or worse - among the city's internet users.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:35am

A lawmaker's parochial attitude

Starry Lee Wai-king

In her Letter to Hong Kong, on October 28, on Radio 3, Starry Lee Wai-king of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, a member of the Executive Council, droned on about the political landscape.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 2 comments

DAB lawmakers vow support for old-age allowance

DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung submits his vote in a Legco poll earlier this month. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The government moved a step closer to passing its controversial old age allowance scheme on Tuesday, when the city’s largest pro-establishment party pledged its support for the measure.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

DAB hints it could back means-tested new old-age allowance

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung at the special meeting of the panel on welfare services. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government's hopes of Legco approving funding for its proposed old-age living allowance have received a boost.

The biggest Beijing loyalist party now appears to support the idea, having softened its stance ahead of Friday's finance committee vote on a request for HK$3.1 billion to fund it.

23 Oct 2012 - 12:00pm

C.Y. Leung's Beijing ties create mistrust, says DAB leader

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying's close ties with Beijing have become his "original sin", which makes it difficult for him to win the trust of Hongkongers, the head of the city's biggest Beijing-friendly party has acknowledged.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:35am 4 comments

DAB fares best, taking 13 seats, thanks for vote-splitting tactic

Chan Han-pan hugs party chairman Tam Yiu-chung at AsiaWorld-Expo after winning his New Territories West seat. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Beijing-loyalist Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong was the biggest winner in the election, clinching 13 seats.

Its success in the five geographical constituencies, where it won nine seats, was a result of its strong district network and strategy of spreading votes among its candidates, party chairman Tam Yiu-chung said.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:04pm

Legco candidates accused of prolonging education dispute

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of Kowloon West New Dynamic says she opposes "any form of brainwashing national education" during a radio debate on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Pro-government candidates in Kowloon West are prolonging the dispute over national education by supporting the government’s position, pan-democrats said on Tuesday morning.

Speaking in a debate on RTHK, Democratic Party candidate Cheung Man-kwong blamed the government-friendly camp for the administration’s refusal to follow public calls for an end to the national education programme.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am