Harbour Fest

Unspent funds leave mega stink

Europe might have been hit by an E Coli outbreak, but have you heard about the virulent strain of bacteria that is commonplace in the government? 'It's sh*t,' said a disgruntled member of the public who has been badly affected by 'MEF'.

Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am

Lai See

No revenge for Rowse

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Rowse gets civil service letters before tell-all book

Former investment promotion chief Mike Rowse has received a 'flurry of correspondence' from the Civil Service Bureau on the eve of the publication of his tell-all book about the HarbourFest saga.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Rowse never stood a chance, hearing told

InvestHK chief Mike Rowse never stood a chance in disciplinary proceedings against him over Harbour Fest, his lawyer said in closing remarks yesterday at a judicial review hearing.

'Mr Rowse's career is reputationally damaged, damaged beyond repair by a disciplinary hearing of this kind,' said Richard Gordon QC.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Judge questions deletion of remarks by Henry Tang

Henry Tang Ying-yen's deletion of remarks that arguably lessened the blame on Mike Rowse for his role in the Harbour Fest fiasco smacked of 'political manoeuvring', a High Court judge said yesterday.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyer denies Rowse was scapegoat for Harbour Fest failures

InvestHK head Mike Rowse was not made a scapegoat for the HK$100 million Harbour Fest fiasco, nor was he subject to any kind of special or unfair treatment during disciplinary hearings into the event, the government said yesterday.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyer attacks Harbour Fest probe

The committee of inquiry that held InvestHK boss Mike Rowse accountable for the Harbour Fest fiasco systematically and irrationally ignored evidence tending to clear him, his lawyers argued yesterday.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rowse 'unfairly denied' a lawyer

Mike Rowse, the head of InvestHK and the only government figure to be punished over the HK$100 million Harbour Fest fiasco, was unfairly denied legal representation at the inquiry that determined his guilt, a court heard yesterday.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rowse set for face-off in court over Harbour Fest

InvestHK chief Mike Rowse will have a showdown with his government employers in court tomorrow over the HK$100 million Harbour Fest fiasco.

Mr Rowse was fined HK$156,660 - equivalent to a month's salary - for his role in the event, which was part of a HK$1 billion programme to revive the economy after the Sars outbreak in 2003.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Harbour Fest - a shining example of media freedom

Few people can have such deep feelings about the local media as Jim Thompson, who played a key role in organising the ill-fated Harbour Fest concerts four years ago.

So when the question of press freedom was raised at the American Chamber of Commerce forum yesterday, the former chairman of the organisation was swift to respond.

28 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Rowse in Harbour Fest challenge

Judicial review launched over 'flawed' process for apportioning blame

InvestHK chief Mike Rowse has asked a court to overturn a decision by the government to fine him for his role in the HK$100 million Harbour Fest fiasco.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Legco education row probe unlikely

Government allies say they will not support such an inquiry

The Legislative Council is unlikely to hold an inquiry into allegations of government interference at the Hong Kong Institute of Education because of a lack of support from legislators.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Rowse 'scapegoat' for Harbour Fest fiasco

Event organiser James Thompson is upset InvestHK chief was singled out for blame over the concerts in 2003

Harbour Fest organiser James Thompson yesterday said he was upset that Mike Rowse, his collaborator on the ill-fated project, had been singled out for blame over the series of concerts.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Pinning a fiasco on a scapegoat

It is not surprising that lawmakers are asking whether InvestHK chief Mike Rowse is being made the fall guy for the Harbour Fest foul-up, while political ministers are let off unscathed.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Doubts spoil message of good governance

Barring a court appeal by InvestHK chief Mike Rowse, the Harbour Fest saga has come to a close - more than three years after the event.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am