Fernando Cheung

Pan-dems get a taste of their own medicine over costly poverty trip

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

When you spend too much time fighting an enemy, you become like him. That may be why a group of lawmakers led by prominent pan-democrats have decided to spend up to HK$560,000 of taxpayers' money to study poverty relief in Finland and Sweden, just about the most expensive countries you can visit.

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Policy on disabled 'wrecks homes'

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14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fund accused of neglecting patients

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3 May 2011 - 12:00am

ADPL fails to agree on merger

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6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyer quits PolyU inquiry over conflict of interest concerns

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Solicitor Vincent To withdrew from the three-member panel yesterday, five days after he was appointed.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

PolyU sets up inquiry into HK$900m loss

Polytechnic University has set up an independent panel to review the operation of its commercial subsidiaries after 18 lawmakers asked the Audit Commission to look into the record deficit of HK$904 million it reported last year.

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

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3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Legco expands protection of law on domestic violence

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19 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Fernando Cheung to give up seat

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27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Legislators pass law to change makeup of ESF

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13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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Democrats defiant as Legco rejects backing July 1 rally

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21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

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7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New elderly homes code lacks teeth, say critics

Legislators and community groups say revised monitoring rules are insufficient

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