Financial Secretary

John Tsang's 2013 budget aims to spur prosperity

John Tsang's 2013 budget aims to spur prosperity

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in his budget yesterday stressed the need for projects that will ensure growth and jobs in the long term.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 10:40am

Tsang unveils HK$33b worth of relief measures in budget

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. Photo: Felix Wong

UPDATES AND COMMENTARY | Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang delivered his sixth budget speech, saying relief measures should help ease the pressure on middle-class, grass-roots and small and medium-sized businesses.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Buyers rush to beat new duty on property deals

Financial Secretary John Tsang announces the new property cooling measures, which took effect at midnight. Photo: Felix Wong

Buyers snapped up 100 flats at a new development last night as sales were brought forward to beat the introduction at midnight of government measures announced yesterday to cool the property market.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm


Gunrunners in Security Council

A report described the arrest of Chinese and American gunrunners, showing how they smuggled guns and bullets into the mainland ('Sino-US gunrunning ring foiled', June 13).

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The financial chief we need

Former monetary chief Joseph Yam Chi-kwong has done a service by igniting discussion of the dollar peg.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Critics lambast Leung's 'multi-layer' office plan

A master plan by chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying to restructure the government would create an unclear chain of command and end in administrative chaos, two prominent critics have warned.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Three-quarters of city loses faith in Tsang

Nearly three-quarters of Hongkongers no longer support Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as chief executive, following the row over his dealings with tycoons.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Top officials grossly overpaid

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Budget puts contorted official logic on display for all to see

There was a wealth of curiosities in yesterday's budget.

Jake van der Kamp has noted that the most expensive measure of all - the financial secretary's HK$11 billion proposal to expand government loan guarantees for smaller companies - hands bankers a free licence to shovel rotten assets off their balance sheets and on to the taxpayer.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

U.R.A. turns tables on Tang

A day after criticising the Urban Renewal Authority for selling 'pricey' and 'fancy' flats, chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen had to defend himself yesterday against counter-criticism that he approved the authority's expensive projects when he was financial secretary.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rising prices of shoebox flats not quite satisfactory

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday warned of the risk of a property bubble, saying the price of flats had not fallen to a satisfactory level.

SCMP, November 22

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Warning on risk of property bubble

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday warned of the risk of a property bubble, saying the price of flats had not fallen to a satisfactory level - even though there has been a sharp fall in deals in recent months.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

It's all smears, says winner of internet contract

Winnie Tang Shuk-ming, the businesswoman at the centre of controversy over a government internet programme, broke her silence yesterday, saying all accusations against her were smear attempts - without saying who was behind them.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tsang's budget U-turn has speculators eyeing dollar peg

John Tsang Chun-wah's budget U-turn has had an unexpected effect.

The financial secretary's flip-flop turned him into an object of ridicule among the people of Hong Kong. But it also caught the eye of a different group altogether: international currency speculators. And they are not laughing. They scent an opportunity.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Financial secretary cannot solve all social issues with one budget

In the face of the recent public fury over his budget proposals, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah eventually made dramatic changes to them, agreeing to make an unprecedented cash handout of HK$6,000 to all permanent residents aged 18 or above.

In addition, all taxpayers will get a tax rebate of up to 75 per cent, capped at HK$6,000.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am