Appeal for help to rebuild in Sichuan

A man repairs a damaged house in Lushan, Sichuan. Habitat for Humanity wants to help restore quake-damaged homes. Photo: Reuters

In a race against time, a charity is attempting to rebuild quake-damaged homes in Sichuan before the arrival of winter, and the group has asked Hongkongers for help.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am

Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2013

Queen Elizabeth should now abdicate. Photo: AFP

I wrote an article for Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine to discuss how to prevent scandals such as horsemeat illegally used in food products, and the contamination of milk powder, rather than afterwards contain the damage these events cause. One of the solutions to the shortage of milk formula and its rationing in Hong Kong and Britain that I recommended was breastfeeding.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 3 comments

Claudia Mo warns of 'Big Brother culture' in Civic Party

New blood among the Democrats makes the Civic Party's Claudia Mo envious. Photo: David Wong

Maverick lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching of the Civic Party has warned of a "Big Brother culture" in the party leadership, after a rift surfaced with a former chairman over the government's Sichuan earthquake relief donation.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

Letters to the Editor, May 8, 2013

The duck sculpture near Ocean Terminal. Photo: Sam Tsang

Officials must act to curb price hike

It is disappointing to see that, during the new school year, parents will once again face a ludicrous hike in textbook prices. It is equally frustrating to read the attempts by publishing companies to justify this increase, such as curriculum changes and rising costs.

8 May 2013 - 3:22am 1 comment

Party papers remark on Hong Kong quake donation furore

Wong Yuk-man's words at the Legco's Finance Committee meeting had attracted more than two million views on Chinese video portal Photo: Felix Wong

Two Communist Party mouthpieces yesterday reported the controversy in Hong Kong over the HK$100 million donation to earthquake victims in Sichuan - pointing the finger at the Red Cross Society of China.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 4 comments

More transparency vital to restoring faith in Chinese charities

Guo Meimei

Internationally, there are few charities as venerable and respected as the Red Cross. On the mainland, though, the organisation is distrusted, in part for being closely tied to the government, but mostly due to the microblog boasts two years ago of a young woman named Guo Meimei, who appeared to be an employee with extravagant tastes. Although the organisation has denied any connection, it has been unable to repair the damage or change perceptions that it mishandles donations. Regaining trust is not about pledges and promises, but genuine transparency and accountability.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 1 comment

Hong Kong Red Cross vows to monitor use of Yaan quake donations

Hong Kong Red Cross vows to monitor use of Yaan quake donations. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Red Cross has promised to monitor the use of the HK$12 million it has received in donations to help survivors of last month's earthquake in Sichuan province.

5 May 2013 - 6:20am 1 comment

Legco approves HK$100m Sichuan quake donation

Legco approved a HK$100 million donation to the Sichuan government for quake relief works and voted down amendments to restrict it from being used as salaries, meal expenses and entertainment fees. Photo: Sam Tsang

The legislature approved a controversial HK$100 million government donation to official Sichuan earthquake relief efforts yesterday, despite earlier worries over a possible filibuster.

4 May 2013 - 11:05am 9 comments

For earthquake victims, relief delayed is relief denied

Local residents donate money to the Red Cross in Dongguan Great Mosque in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province. Photo: Xinhua

When it comes to relief aid for victims of natural disasters, the sooner the better. That is why rescuers and volunteers wasted no time rushing into Sichuan province after it was hit by a severe earthquake on April 20, the second fatal one in five years. Two weeks have passed. The local situation does not appear to have improved much.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am

Letters to the Editor, May 2, 2013

Donations must help victims, not corrupt officials. Photo: AFP

Best way to help victims is through NGOs

The discussion is ongoing in Hong Kong about whether the government should donate money to victims of the earthquake last month in Yaan , Sichuan .

Some dissenting voices have said the administration should not give the proposed sum of HK$100 million because the money will just go into the pockets of corrupt officials.

2 May 2013 - 1:23am 8 comments

China Red Cross admits it redirected huge donation

Students distribute Red Cross stickers in Shanghai. Photo: AP

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has admitted that more than 80 million yuan donated (HK$100 million) by more than 100 Chinese artists to build an art school and fund other reconstruction work after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was spent on other projects.

2 May 2013 - 5:46am 14 comments

Party paper claims most Hong Kong people back Sichuan quake aid

Lawmakers observe a moment of silence for the Sichuan quake victims. Photo: David Wong

An article in yesterday's overseas edition of People's Daily claiming that only "a minority of Hong Kong people" were against the donation comes amid government plans to make a second application for the funding to the Legislative Council's special financial committee on Friday.

1 May 2013 - 8:04am

Red Cross Society of China sees smaller share of donations after quake

People displaced by the April 20 earthquake in Sichuan watch television near their tents in Lushan county's Longmen township. Photo: Reuters

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has received little more than half of the donations to aid earthquake relief in Sichuan last week - a much smaller share than the government's premier charity has raised in the past.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:22am 1 comment

Legco gridlock a disaster of our own making

DAB stages an anti-filibuster demonstration outside Legislative Council. Photo: David Wong

How on earth did a simple matter like donating HK$100 million to relief efforts after the recent deadly earthquake in Sichuan province run off the rails? The answer is because legislators and the administration are not talking to each other.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:38am

Letters to the Editor, April 26, 2013

Li Ka-shing's foundation is his 'third son'. Photo: Bloomberg

We regret that the article ("Attack on tycoons with no conscience", April 22) helped perpetuate stereotypes at the expense of truth. The Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa groups - which are firmly rooted in Hong Kong - are a corporate family of 270,000 employees across 52 nations.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment