David Akers-Jones

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

David Akers-jones

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 4:21am

Overhaul voting for trade-based seats: David Akers-Jones

David Akers-Jones says the electoral system has to change no matter who becomes the Chief Executive in 2017. Photo: Sam Tsang

The electoral franchise for trade-based functional constituencies should be widened in the 2016 Legislative Council election, former chief secretary David Akers-Jones has said. He called for all qualified members of the professions concerned to be allowed to vote.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am 4 comments

David Akers-Jones expects more focus under Leung Chun-ying

Former chief secretary David Akers-Jones criticised the administration of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday for not doing enough to address the pressing issues of housing and planning.

He also predicted a "paradigm shift" by the present government of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on the issues.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Notables back conservation of west wing

The campaign to preserve Government Hill has drawn support from its architect and influential figures such as former chief secretary David Akers-Jones.

Michael Wright, who is now 99 years old and lives in London, recalled the challenges faced in constructing the former government headquarters' west wing in 1959.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New foundation aims to preserve HK's assets

Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying will lead a group of influential figures in setting up a foundation with the aim of holding on to and managing Hong Kong's natural assets for long-term conservation.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Functional inconsistencies pave way for pork barrel

'The representation in the legislature of Hong Kong's overall economic interests is essential to provide a safeguard against policies that might endanger the economy and our economic model. Hence the presence of functional constituencies is critical in meeting the interests of different sectors of society and fulfilling the principle of balanced participation.'

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Do not adjust your set

The terms of reference for the committee reviewing public service broadcasting seem to suggest that the formation of an independent broadcaster is all over bar the shouting.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

Structures to be proud of

Some years ago when the climate of public opinion was very different, I wrote to the government suggesting that, instead of putting the Tamar site up for sale and allowing commercial development of uncertain distinction across its empty spaces, it should be used for new buildings to house the legislative and executive Councils, and the chief executive and the ancillary offices.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Opening the door to talent

As early as 2001, the government estimated that there would be a shortage of 117,000 workers with post-secondary and degree education. It therefore came as no surprise when our business leaders recently cited their concern about the worsening shortage of qualified talent. We must attract more talent now to fill these vacancies and realise the full potential of our economy.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Listen to the people

Former chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones has suggested appointing executive councillors to chair some advisory committees. Would this help the government better solicit public opinion? Share your views. Write to us

5 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

In Brief

Democrats receive Alex Ho's official resignation

The Democratic Party last night received disgraced district councillor Alex Ho Wai-to's official resignation from the party.

25 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Discovery mystery

In the same year that would see Sha Tin developed into a satellite town, High Island house a large dam, Tsing Yi reachable by bridge and land deals hit a record high, a plan was hatched to turn one of Lantau Island's jagged peninsulas into a tropical retreat.

22 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Miami Beach, Monte Carlo, Blackpool ... Discovery Bay?

Sir David Akers-Jones defends his colonial government's handling of the Lantau development, saying it is on a par with world-class resorts

Sir David Akers-Jones yesterday compared Discovery Bay to world famous resorts such as Monte Carlo, Miami Beach and Blackpool to justify the former colonial government's handling of the Lantau island development.

13 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Well informed

You are to be highly commended for your Centenary Special (November 6).

I particularly appreciated the Community Testimonials. David Akers-Jones is one of the most knowledgeable and well informed of the senior expatriate civil servants from the colonial era.

That Mr Akers-Jones eagerly turns to the Letters section each morning is possibly the reason.

13 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Fixed link would help cement new relationship

I was much struck by the letter from Sir David Akers-Jones and Harald Bruning's column (South China Morning Post, February 27 and March 1, respectively), both urging greater cooperation with our fellow SAR in Macau across the Pearl River.

7 Mar 2002 - 12:00am