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Election Notebook

Candidates unveil their small 'secret weapons'

Thursday, 26 July, 2012, 12:00am

Expect messy election but with unexpected outcomes

Predicting the outcome of elections is a mug's game unless you live in North Korea or China, or focus exclusively on the certainties of the rotten borough functional constituencies in Hong Kong's own bizarre system. However, one prediction can confidently be made about the upcoming Legislative Council poll - it will be the most messy to date and yield some unexpected outcomes.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing urges support for Leung

The state leader in charge of Hong Kong affairs has told the city's Beijing loyalists not to attack the new government for the sake of 'scoring political points' in the Legislative Council election.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Bad influence on younger generation

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Universities are places, not brands

It is disheartening to see a renewed push to attract, if that is the right word, so-called top universities to set up shop here ('Hong Kong risks losing the global education race', May 29).

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'No collusion' over killing debate, proposer insists

The lawmaker who on Thursday proposed killing the legislative filibuster denied colluding with the Legco president to invoke a never-before-used power to do so.

Pro-government lawmaker Philip Wong Yu-hong did not speak during the 33-hour debate until he made a surprising request at 4.30am - asking Tsang Yok-sing to terminate the debate.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

'No collusion' over debate, Legco president insists

Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing knew in advance that pro-government lawmaker Philip Wong Yu-hong was going to propose killing the filibuster on Thursday.

Legco secretary-general Pauline Ng Man-wah said last night she had informed Tsang on Wednesday that Wong was planning to propose terminating the debate after Wong had made inquiries about the rules of procedure.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chief secretary vows no retreat on by-election bill

The government will not back down on a bill to scrap Legislative Council by-elections, the chief secretary said, yesterday, as another pan-democrat vowed to back a filibuster to stall the legislation.

Stephen Lam Sui-lung, whose term as chief secretary ends on June 30, said society 'has reached a consensus in support of the proposal'.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tactical attempt to ward off filibuster

The government has asked the Legislative Council to prioritise two low- profile bills ahead of the debate on new by-election rules, as pan-democratic lawmakers show no sign of backing down on a filibuster attempt.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Don't delay vital policies, Urges Leung

The chief executive-elect yesterday urged lawmakers girding for a mammoth filibuster that starts today to do their job and not delay the proposed shake-up for his incoming administration.

Leung Chun-ying, who takes office on July 1, said any delay would mean deferring policies that 'many people are waiting for', such as those on housing issues.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

D.A.B. calls for copyright bill to be shelved

The largest political party in the Legislative Council will ask the government to shelve its controversial copyright bill and listen to public opinion, raising the possibility that the bill will not be debated before the current legislative term ends in mid-July.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Union body looks for clean politicians

Rising political stars in the Federation of Trade Unions have been warned to avoid scandals like those that plagued the chief executive election.

If they had made mistakes, would-be contenders 'should either come forward to admit them or stay at home and opt not to pursue a career in politics', its honorary president, Cheng Yiu-tong, said.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New blood due in Legco 'super seat' fight

The pan-democratic and the pro-government camps are expected to inject new blood into what could be the fiercest battle in September's Legislative Council election.

Both sides are desperate to win the so-called fifth seat of the five new seats created in the district council functional constituency under reforms that take effect this year.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cabinet needs to 'reach public'

The city's next leader wants a team around him who can connect well with the public and spell out the government's policies clearly.

Members of his cabinet should be capable of communicating with residents effectively and canvassing support for policies, chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying said yesterday.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Basic Law not the way to solve mainland baby issue, says top official

Amending the Basic Law is an impractical way to try to stem the tide of mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong, according to Beijing's man concerned with the city's affairs.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am