Home Affairs Department

You want culture? Don't show 'em the money

A new culture bureau must have a vision of cultural development, foster the growth of the arts, safeguard creative freedom and never function as a propaganda organ.

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012, 12:00am

Rough justice for street sleepers

Street sleepers have accused the government of confiscating all they own without warning, leaving them to fend for themselves on cold nights without even a change of clothes.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Help at hand for owners of old flats

The government has launched a HK$38 million project to help homeowners in 1,200 old buildings to organise their own corporations.

The scheme targets buildings that lack an owners' corporation and will help to reactivate defunct ones.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sik Sik Yuen washes hands of tombs feud

Taoist group Sik Sik Yuen has torn down a wall surrounding a family graveyard next to its Wong Tai Sin Temple and says it wants to surrender management rights after years of disputes with the Lam clan, which settled in Hong Kong 800 years ago.

13 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Watchdog faults bureaucrats for HK$1m toilet no one uses

The Ombudsman has found a government department partly responsible for delays in resolving a row over a HK$960,000 public toilet that has been unused since it was built.

But it has exonerated another from blame over the ruckus surrounding the 105 sq ft structure on Ma Wan island, which has now been permanently closed.

6 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Village reps in line for HK$2,000 a quarter

Lawmakers will discuss on Friday whether to give each village representative an honorarium of HK$2,000 a quarter.

If the proposal is approved, about HK$11.9 million of public money will be given to the 1,480 representatives every year from next year.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Liaison officers agree to end action

A union representing 400 liaison officers at the Home Affairs Department is ending industrial action on Monday after a three-week campaign. The union said yesterday significant progress had been made after discussions about a shortage of manpower and increasing workloads. It will continue talks.

20 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

What a hubbub!

The overriding recommendation that came out of the Sir David Tang Wing-cheung-organised arts hub forum in April was that for the HK$21.6 billion Western Kowloon Cultural District to have any chance of success, the government and civil servants must, as far as is practicable, leave well alone.

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

Thieves take clothing from donation boxes

Second-hand clothes donated to Friends of the Earth have been stolen from the green group's collection bins in what it believes was an organised theft that may be linked to the financial turmoil.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

'Shoddy repairs' on tilted building

A Sheung Wan building damaged when it tilted during piling on an adjacent site has been declared safe for evacuated residents to move back in - but many are unwilling to do so.

Members from six of 10 households who had to move out early this month when a crack suddenly appeared between the building and one next door returned yesterday for an inspection.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Tilting building fixed, but residents nervous about moving back

Sheung Wan's six-storey Lee Hing Building, which was evacuated after it tilted early this month, will be reopened at 11am today, but residents are reluctant to return because of safety concerns.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

More funds for voluntary Tin Shui Wai aid groups

Voluntary groups helping residents in Tin Shui Wai are to get more money from the government.

The Home Affairs Department said yesterday it had earmarked about HK$2 million for mutual aid committees in the remote new town for the coming year.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Disorientating times on the home front

Imagine living in a place so disorientating that leaving home brings the risk of ending up on a missing persons file. Unless visitors are to go the same way, they have to be given intricate directions to a landmark or told to wait at a train or bus stop and whatever they do, not stray.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Cleanup of clothing cages begins

The government has launched 'blitz operations' across the city to rid the streets of illegal collection cages for used clothes.

Officers from the Home Affairs Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department removed 23 cages from the Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun districts.

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Woman fined for illegal clubhouse

Updated at 5.47pm: A woman was fined $3,500 at the Eastern Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for managing a clubhouse without valid certificates.

The court heard that Home Affairs Department officers discovered the clubhouse during an inspection on Pak She Sixth Lane, Cheung Chau, in January.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am