Hong Kong Chief Executive Election

Tsang's legacy of laurels and lapses

Commanding the helm of a small but sophisticated city like Hong Kong is no easy task. Our first post-handover leader could not even make it to the end of his term after a landmark mass protest against his governance in 2003.

Saturday, 30 June, 2012, 12:00am

I've been as clean as a whistle: Tsang

Facing his final grilling in the legislature, chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen assured lawmakers yesterday he had been behaving himself lately.

He said there had been no trips on private yachts or jets with tycoon friends since such behaviour caused a furore - and then there was that matter of whistling.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang leaves legacy of love of the high life

A wave of scandals in his final days in office mean Hongkongers are likely to remember Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as a chief executive whose love of the high life led him to accept lifts on tycoons' yachts and planes, set up a cheap deal to rent a Shenzhen penthouse and take advantage of his position for freebies.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A long way to fall

Act contrite, say sorry. That was the script Donald Tsang Yam-kuen followed closely when he went to the legislature to explain himself.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang faced with mission impossible, says FTU chief

Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing is unlikely to enter the chief executive race as there is too little time for him to come up with a feasible platform, a Beijing loyalist says.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Legco president eyes chief race

Beijing-friendly heavyweight and Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing is considering whether to step into the chief executive race.

The prospect of such a high-profile new contender heightens the uncertainty surrounding the contest for the top job as embattled hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen insists on continuing with his bid.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

John Tsang berated for leaving budget 'mess'

The financial secretary has not made best use of the city's vast reserves with his repeated handouts, which will make it difficult for his successor to do his job, a public forum heard yesterday.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Thumbs down on final policy speech for Tsang

Five to two. That is the final score for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's policy addresses after his last one failed to receive a vote of thanks in the Legislative Council yesterday.

Since Tsang assumed office in 2005, just two of his seven addresses - in 2007 and 2008 - won the vote.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Heed public's view when picking chief

A week is a long time in politics, it is often said. So it is not surprising that the last few months have seen some twists and turns in the race to become our city's next leader. Former Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying seems determined to stand, despite reports that ex-chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is the central government's preferred choice.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Why Wong jibe so angered Tsang

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen says he was deeply offended 'as a religious man' by aggressive questioning from People Power lawmaker Wong Yuk-man in Legco last week.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

An honest public servant who just wants a quiet life

When Donald Tsang Yam-kuen completes his tenure as chief executive on June 30 next year, he'll have notched up 16,240 days as a public servant - 2,567 of them in the 'pressure cooker' office of the chief executive.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Legco being treated like marketplace

I used to watch the brawls in the Taiwanese legislature on television and think to myself how lucky we were to have Hong Kong lawmakers who behaved in a rational and orderly fashion.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tsang vows new tactic to tackle home woes

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday promised to roll out 'unconventional' policies to resolve housing problems in Wednesday's policy address, the last of his tenure and one that could define his legacy.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tang quits 'to think about my next move'

Henry Tang Ying-yen effectively resigned as chief secretary yesterday, clearing the way for his campaign to become the city's next leader.

Kicking off what may be a two-horse race between himself and Leung Chun-ying, the presumed front runner said he had tendered his resignation to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in the morning.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Reporters walked unchallenged into Chief Executive's Office at Tamar site

Security at the new Chief Executive's Office in Admiralty is under review after three reporters bypassed security checks and were allowed in without being questioned.

The three were arrested for attempted burglary after their foray on Thursday, but were released later without being charged.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am