Franklin Lam case raises doubts about Exco role

We now learn from the Franklin Lam affair that even a tame Exco is not consulted over vital policy matters until decisions have been taken.

Let us assume for one moment that Franklin Lam Fan-keung, the most recent of the scandal-hit government appointees, has a perfectly believable story, namely that when selling two properties just before new measures were announced to cool prices in the residential market,

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 12:56am

Guilty or not, Franklin Lam really ought to resign

Franklin Lam Fan-keung

Public Eye has just one word for Franklin Lam Fan-keung - resign. A leave of absence won't do. We're not saying he is guilty of wrongdoing. An ICAC investigation is still ongoing. But for now, his guilt lies in his own idiocy.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:46am 6 comments

Exco convener comes to Lam's rescue amid property allegations

Executive Council Convenor Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: Felix Wong

The Executive Council’s convenor came to the rescue of an embattled colleague on Thursday, saying Franklin Lam Fan-keung could not have benefited from advance knowledge of government property measures when he sold two flats last month.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Regina Ip, Jeffrey Lam appointed to Exco

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. Photo: David Wong

New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and a pro-business legislator on Wednesday were appointed members of the Executive Council - the government’s top advisory body.

The appointment of Ip and Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung as non-official Exco members takes immediate effect, a government spokesman said.

17 Oct 2012 - 12:14pm

EOC chief leans towards staying in his Exco job

The head of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) will announce today whether he will stay on as Executive Council convenor - and last night hinted he will not give up the role.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lam can do much good as Exco convenor

Seriously, wouldn't it be better to have the former and current heads of the Equal Opportunities Commission serving together on the Executive Council than not? Or would you rather have it dominated by cronies of the new chief executive, such as Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, and his handpicked policy chiefs?

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exco, EOC allies back Lam to fill roles on both

The new Executive Council convenor said for the second day running yesterday that he may quit because of a perceived conflict of interest with his other position as chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exco member urges shadow cabinet

A non-official member of the Executive Council, who is expected to stay on under incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying, has urged political parties to learn to deliver on what they advocate to the electorate.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exco tightens regulations on disclosure of interests

The Executive Council yesterday endorsed tighter rules on the declaration of interests that include requiring members to disclose any interest in land or property held through a shelf company.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exco speaks out on respecting the rules

In an unprecedented move, the Executive Council has issued a strongly worded statement against any breach of its confidentiality principle, and said the chief executive may take punitive and 'legal action' against any offender.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Exco members rise in popularity

Non-official executive councillors generally rose in popularity from three months ago, the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme found. The ratings of the five best-known Exco members went up by 3.7 to 5.7 points on a one-to-100 scale in a survey of 1,042 people between January 11 and 19. Ronald Arculli continued to top the list with a rating of 53.6 points.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Public deserves a little more credit from Lau

It may be completely reasonable that human error is to blame for Executive Councillor Lau Wong-fat's failure to disclose all his properties; Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen certainly thinks so. After all, Lau owns at least 724 plots of land - some of them bought and sold before the original purchase has even been completed.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Exco members give thumbs-up to HKIEd

Executive councillors yesterday praised the Hong Kong Institute of Education's work during a visit to its Tai Po campus to hear its plans to attain university status.

The visit by six non-official Exco members came a week after a meeting between institute officials and the University Grants Committee (UGC) special working group, which is reviewing the institute's proposal.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Exco to stick to its discreet principles, says Donald Tsang

The government yesterday said principles of confidentiality and collective responsibility in the chief executive's cabinet would remain unchanged, despite claims by the Liberal Party that rules would be relaxed.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

An executive opportunity knocks

It is not hard to understand why the idea of appointing democrats to sit on the Executive Council has generated some steam in the corridors of power. Amid a change in the administration, there is a window of opportunity for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to reshuffle his Exco team.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am