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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Executive Council

Exco sticks to recommended pay rises for civil service

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Resisting pressure from civil service unions, the government is sticking to its pay rise offer of less than 4 per cent for its employees this year.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 4:12am 1 comment

How the Executive Council lost its voice and power

Illustration: Henry Wong

Tainted by scandal and dismissed as essentially powerless by Legco's president, Exco's role as a policymaking body is under scrutiny, with some urging an overhaul to restore its credibility.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:55am 1 comment

Call for Exco members to declare their liabilities

Starry Lee Wai-king

The rapid departure from the Executive Council of Barry Cheung Chun-yuen threw up more questions than answers about how the troubled policymaking body operates.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:55am

Executive Council convenor complains of policy making ambush

Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: May Tse

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong has criticised government bureaus for not making details of policy proposals clear to executive councillors until a very late stage.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Conspiracy theories abound, but they don't provide answers

Barry Cheung and C. Y. Leung celebrate Leung's election win.

In politics, conspiracy theories are rife. They have sprung powerfully into life since Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, an Executive Council member and top aide to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was forced to quit all his public positions during the inquiry into the collapse of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, which he founded.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am 1 comment

Exco members' poor exit strategy

Barry Cheung Chun-yuen. Photo: Edward Wong

My college professor used to say, "My best advice in life is this: quit while you're ahead". It's great advice for people in every walk of life. But some of our politicians seem to live by a different adage, that of rapper MC Hammer: too legit to quit. Take Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and Franklin Lam Fan-keung, both being investigated for wrongdoing. Cheung finally resigned from his position as an executive councillor a week ago while Lam is on indefinite leave from Exco.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 2 comments

Legco president renews his call for Exco reform

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

The head of the legislature has renewed his call for a reform of the Executive Council, saying the council's two principles of confidentiality and collective responsibility should be reviewed.

30 May 2013 - 4:07am

Leung rejects call for Exco reform and says he will not replace Barry Cheung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying receives petitions from citizens outside the government headquarters yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has dismissed the need to reshuffle the Executive Council and replace Barry Cheung Chun-yuen after his resignation.

Leung also stressed that his earlier decision to reappoint Cheung as chairman of the Urban Renewal Authority had been "fair and normal".

29 May 2013 - 5:37am 1 comment

Exco has been losing power and authority since handover, says Legco chief Tsang

Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

Jasper Tsang's suggestion follows last week's resignation of Exco member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who is being investigated by police in connection with his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. Another Exco member, Franklin Lam Fan-keung, has been on indefinite leave of absence since November after coming under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

27 May 2013 - 12:07pm 5 comments

Damage limitation the focus for Exco in wake of Barry Cheung controversy

Regina Ip

Compared with the controversy surrounding fellow executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung last year, the political fallout from the investigation of Barry Cheung Chun-yuen's Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange could be far heavier.

23 May 2013 - 4:30am 1 comment

Call for Executive Council members to declare liabilities as well as assets

Christopher Cheung Wah-fung

Lawmakers want the Executive Council's declaration-of-interest system to include its members' liabilities as well as assets, amid the controversy over Exco member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange.

21 May 2013 - 5:51am 3 comments

Gauging reaction of mainland China to policies not viable, says Anson Chan

Anson Chan Fong On-sang. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The leaked memo, which first appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper, said: "From June 1, an assessment on mainland perception and related public relations measures will become … mandatory … for all Policy Committee papers."

12 May 2013 - 6:04am 7 comments

Hong Kong policymakers told to take account of China's views

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Simon Song

A confidential Executive Council memo that requires all future policy proposals to factor in the likely mainland reaction has sparked concern that the government is putting mainland interests ahead of Hong Kong's.

11 May 2013 - 6:03am 21 comments

Exco to debate two-tin milk law

Exco to Debate two-tin milk law

A special Executive Council meeting will be held today to discuss amending import and export laws to tackle the problem of parallel-goods trading, a source said last night. The changes -proposed by the Food and Health Bureau this month - would mean people aged 16 and over cannot leave the city with more than a total weight of 1.8kg, or two tins of infant formula, in their usual packaging, in any one day.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:44am

Lam Woon-kwong's controversial role as equal rights defender

Lam Woon-kwong's tenure as EOC chief ends next month.

Lam Woon-kwongs efforts as chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission earned praise from activists, but his return to government service as Executive Council convenor has dragged him into a row about potential conflicts of interest.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am