Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong

Give mainland parallel-goods traders border ban, NPC to urge CPPCC

Brave Chan Yung. Photo: Paul Yeung

Brave Chan Yung, a new National People's Congress delegate from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the proposal was one of 20 suggestions to be made at next month's NPC and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference plenary meeting.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 5:27am

Talking points

The Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway opens on Boxing Day. Photo: Xinhua

Boxing Day launch for high-speed railway

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

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

Support grows for Leung's old age allowance scheme

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said it was "not opposing" the measure.

The government appears to have won crucial support for its monthly HK$2,200 Old Age Living Allowance schemeafter the biggest pro-establishment party softened its stance yesterday, saying it would reconsider the welfare minister's latest proposal of an annual review.

22 Oct 2012 - 8:48am

Lawmaker anxious to reduce opposition filibusters

Ip Kwok-him. Photo: Sam Tsang

A pro-government lawmaker wants to cut down on opposition filibusters by limiting the number of amendments each legislator can propose during committee debates.

Ip Kwok-him said on Tuesday that each lawmaker should be limited to proposing only one amendment for any government spending proposal under discussion in the Finance Committee.

16 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm

Rift between Beijing-loyalist DAB and FTU grows

Chan Yuen-han. Photo: Nora Tam

Rivalries within the Beijing-loyalist camp were rare in the past, given the careful orchestration of its members.

But disharmony between two groups, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) and the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU), publicly emerged during campaigning in the Legislative Council election earlier this month.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:15am

DAB veteran Lau Kong-wah won't seek job as party chief after poll loss

Lau Kong-wah

Veteran politician Lau Kong-wah says he will not seek chairmanship of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, after his attempt at becoming a "super lawmaker" ended in the loss of his 15-year seat on the Legislative Council.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:00am

Veteran lawmakers philosophical after risky strategies cost them their seats

Lau Kong-wah

This year's election claimed a number of popular heavyweights, among them Lau Kong-wah, a vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Lau, who ran for one of the five new district council "super seats", was actually leading in opinion polls until a few days before the election.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Election watchdog censures Pamela Peck for 'blatant' rule breach

The election watchdog yesterday censured Legco election contender Pamela Peck Wan-kam for choosing a misleading number to represent her candidacy.

The independent contestant for a "super seat" in the district councils constituency had already had a "serious warning" following her repeated, "blatant" breaches of rules, the Electoral Affairs Commission said.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:44am

A distinguished figure in political and legal circles

John Swaine 1932-2012

John Swaine, QC, SC, one of the city's most senior barristers and a former Legislative Council president, died on Tuesday. He was 80.

Swaine (pictured) had remained active in legal circles until his retirement last year, and his death prompted many expressions of grief from fellow barristers and Legco colleagues.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

Lawmakers' faces don't ring bells with public

Local politics have dominated the headlines this year, with the Legislative Council playing a central part in public life. But despite lawmakers' high profile, many remain barely recognisable to the public at large, according to a straw poll by the South China Morning Post.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Milestone poll on path to democracy

The curtain for the September 9 Legco poll has been raised after the two-week nomination period closed on Tuesday. A record 292 candidates have signed up for the fray, and with 16 unopposed, 276 will be vying for 54 seats, thanks to changes introduced as part of the constitutional reform towards universal suffrage. There are more new faces standing under different banners.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Election Notebook

Candidates unveil their small 'secret weapons'

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying often cites 'a stool, a notepad and a pen' - which he used in district visits during his campaign - as among his '10 secret weapons' for shaping himself as a leader willing to listen.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

100-day target a stress test for Leung

If one day is a long time in politics, how about 100? Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has just 77 days to go before reaching that symbolic target. But a chaotic start to his term, after he was sworn in on July 1, has led to speculation that Beijing is considering a plan B - replacing him if he fails to put his house in order by mid-October, when he will reach 100 days in office.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Calm head

It's hard not to feel bad - at some level - for the chief executive. There's been a lot of recent talk about the 'hot kitchen' the new leadership has found itself in. But look around, it's a 'hot kitchen' for the rest of the general population too.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am