Donald Tsang Yam

Talk of unpegging HK dollar


Timing is everything

Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am

Yam's paper on the peg goes beyond the money

In addition to raising speculation about the future of the Hong Kong dollar, Joseph Yam Chi-kwong's controversial paper on the city's monetary system has led to speculation about his own motives and political aspirations.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

When big numbers add up to optimism

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen says Hong Kong's economy may have slipped into recession in the third quarter and could face tough times ahead as Europe's debt crisis deepens.

SCMP, Nov. 10

The Hong Kong economy grew by 4.3 per cent in real terms in the third quarter of 2011 over a year earlier.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Social enterprise doesn't deserve to get a mention

In last year's policy address, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen used the words 'social enterprise' nine times. This year he did not mention them even once. This glaring omission highlights how little progress has been made on this front during the past 12 months.

Ming Wong, Social Investors Club Insight page, SCMP, October 19

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sorry, folks, this is one dance we're going to have to sit out

Housing is currently the greatest concern of our people.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen,

Policy address, 2010

Donald is right. People complain more about property prices than about anything else these days. It is why he talked about housing first in his policy address, talked about it longer than anything else and offered more ideas to fix things.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Hold the feel-good stuff, I'd rather the HK$97b of taxpayers' money

In response to the global financial crisis, the government rolled out a series of measures to stabilise the financial system, support enterprises and preserve employment to help small and [medium-sized] enterprises tide over the difficult times. Over the past year, 39,000 applications have been approved under loan guarantee schemes, involving total loans of over HK$97 billion.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Why not just dump the whole capital investment scheme?

The government has reviewed the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, and noted an upward trend in real estate investment, which accounted for 42 per cent of the total investment under the scheme for the first nine months of this year.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Appointee system raises questions of credibility

Few would question the qualifications or competence of the two newly appointed undersecretaries. Lai Tung-kwok and Adeline Wong Ching-man are career civil servants with a solid track record. The question, though, is not whether they can do their jobs but whether their jobs should have been open to people like them.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Who are 'revolving-door' patients?

a. mentally ill people

b. patients who use insurance to pay for treatments

c. patients who attend and skip their doctor's appointments as they please

d. the parents of mentally ill patients

16 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think-tank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Kelly Chen Wai-lam marries long-time boyfriend ... and sadly for music fans she will continue to make Canto-pop records.

2 Minibond investors demand refund ... they claim they weren't aware of the high risks when they rushed in to buy them with everyone else.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

NDAs have nothing to do with population growth

'To ease pressure on developed areas and to meet the demand for land arising from population growth, we need to plan for NDAs [New Development Areas] without delay.'

2007-08 Policy Address,

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen

'The [Heung Yee] Kuk proposed forming the long-awaited university hub at Heung Shui Kiu instead of Kwu Tung North ...

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Christine Loh offers fresh air where Donald fails to impress

'The financial secretary, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, is expected to announce cuts in both profits and salaries taxes next week, fulfilling a pledge made during his re-election campaign.'

SCMP, October 5

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Another retired official joins the democracy debate

Another retired senior official has weighed into the democracy debate, saying a decision taken by former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang last week could rekindle hopes for the early introduction of universal suffrage.

24 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Pork soup waitress feels the heat

Bus Uncle is not the only one facing pressure.

The pork ribs' soup waitress who famously snubbed Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen during his Singapore visit early this week complained she had been scolded by everyone from her boss and her own family to the local media.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Youngsters give voice to their anthem on hard times

More than 100 children from low-income families yesterday sang of their plight to the tune of the national anthem.

They presented a petition letter to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen calling for 15 years of free education and improved child welfare measures.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am