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Shaming the smiles of officials, and the watches on their wrists

The fatal bus-truck collision. Photo: AP

It seems like every week brings another reason for mainland officials to turn their smiles into frowns. Now cadres are learning that one careless grin in public, say, while surveying a disaster scene, can bring a lot of grief.

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 4:48am

17 held over kidnap scams in Shenzhen

At least 51 attempts to swindle families through false claims that their children had been kidnapped were reported in Shenzhen in just 16 days last month, police said yesterday. Seventeen suspects were arrested.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Mr X denies lover's abortion claim

Government official says he knew nothing about hostess's pregnancy

A senior government official denied he had asked his lover to have an abortion and had promised to compensate her for it, claiming he did not know about her pregnancy when she blackmailed him after their affair had ended, the District Court heard yesterday.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Why the government must act in the social workers' dispute

The increasing number of protests over pay disputes has developed into a serious social issue in Hong Kong. It has exposed the unfairness in society and damaged the city's image as a modern metropolis.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Prisoner jumps to his death

AN investigation was under way yesterday after an 18-year-old inmate, surnamed Cheung, jumped to his death from Cape Collinson Correctional Institution.

23 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Rail option an ill-thought U-turn

When a major change is proposed in public policy it should not occur without a government official pointing out just how important it is.

Yet it seems to have happened with the Transport Department's Third Comprehensive Transport Study (CTS-3), which says that we ought to accord priority to railways in future because our roadways will otherwise become too congested.

28 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Language barrier

I read in a Chinese newspaper that a government official was retiring, because his colleagues were increasingly using Cantonese and this made him feel alienated.

I do not know if this represents the views of most of the non-Cantonese-speaking people who work and live in Hong Kong.

15 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Investor eyes Gdansk yard

A Polish investor has expressed interest in buying the bankrupt Polish shipyard Stocznia Gdanska, a government official says. The shipyard laid off all its more than 3,000 workers recently after struggling for months to find financing to complete orders.

2 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Invoices scheme to line own pockets

USING public money to treat friends and relatives has become a worrying sign of the times - and some people have taken advantage of the trend to put public money in their own pockets, especially during the Lunar New Year.

Every time after the Lunar New Year, a lot of fake invoices are found in account books of various governmental or party units.

17 Feb 1994 - 12:00am