Donald Tsang Yam-Kuen

Bauhinia Foundation in a quest for happiness

Donald Li Kwok-tung, chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. Photo: May Tse

The Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, top of the think-tank league under the previous government but struggling to retain its relevance under the new one, may just have come up with a way to make Chief Executive Leung Chin-ying take notice.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:42am

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

Former adviser critical of Tsang

Lau Siu-kai. Photo: David Wong

It may be the final nail in the coffin for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's tainted reputation, and it is particularly ironic that the man who holds the hammer is his former top adviser.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:35am 3 comments

Misconduct in public office covers all public officials

A tough Open to get tickets for.

Following our reflections on why it was taking so long for the ICAC to announce a decision on whether it intends to prosecute former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen we came across a discussion of the case in an ONC Lawyers newsletter.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:47am 1 comment

The C.Y. Leung administration looks depressingly like its predecessors

The CY Leung administration looks depressingly like its predecessors. Photo: SCMP

It is depressing to see successive Hong Kong governments seemingly determined to ignore the basic lesson of successful governance. Former British prime minister Harold Wilson, the ultimate pragmatist, is famous for summing up the lesson in these words: "Politics is the language of priorities."

27 Oct 2012 - 1:24am

Show us you can do better, C.Y.

Leung Chun-ying is assured of a singular place in history when he is sworn in today as the city's third chief executive since its return to Chinese sovereignty. He will be our last leader before the promised introduction of a fully democratic election for chief executive from 2017.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang's legacy of laurels and lapses

Commanding the helm of a small but sophisticated city like Hong Kong is no easy task. Our first post-handover leader could not even make it to the end of his term after a landmark mass protest against his governance in 2003. The scandal surrounding our incoming chief executive is no less troubling.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang let the Gini out of the bottle

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has, perhaps, finally understood where he failed. The grilling and humiliation the retiring chief executive suffered in the legislature last week marked a sad ending to a public career spanning more than four decades. He has taken care of the wealth of Hong Kong, but not its wealth gap.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

My watershed moment came in 2008, Tsang says

Outgoing chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday that the expansion of the ministerial, or accountability, system in 2008 was a watershed moment for his popularity during his seven years at the helm.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Tsang's a lame duck, but he doesn't deserve this

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang has a month to make amends

Stripped of political tragedy and pathos, the scandals that have overtaken Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's stellar career of public service are a reminder that no one is above the law in this city.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quit calls as Tsang says sorry again

Head bowed and fighting back tears, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen made his second public apology in three months yesterday, leading to renewed calls for his resignation.

He owned up to 'mishandling' dealings with tycoons and his use of luxury hotel suites during official trips abroad.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Alien thinking

There is a new dirty word in Hong Kong - populist. That's what some are fearfully labelling chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying. If Leung is indeed a populist, he's not saying. But his words and body language do lend some credence to the label. Why it stokes such unease among some goes to the heart of what we are, or, more precisely, what we think we are.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

For now, any luxury too dear for Donald

Is our retiring chief executive stupid or does he just not care?

I have seen Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in person talking about air pollution and financial reform with an impressive command of facts and statistics. I can assure you that he is not George W. Bush-stupid, and I would even go so far as to call him almost Clinton-like smart.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Scandal a painful but useful lesson, Tsang says

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told journalists at an awards ceremony yesterday that negative reports of his links with tycoons had spurred him to improve himself.

Tsang spoke as he officiated at the presentation of the Hong Kong News Award 2011, in which the South China Morning Post claimed six prizes.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am