Hong Kong Government

For HK to run like clockwork, good timing is key

Paul Yip. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong government has already missed a few opportunities to address the city's problems. The former administration, for example, didn't pay any attention as the housing market went astray. And the annual budgets, again and again, have overlooked chances to invest in the city's future. They produce short-term sweetening measures without helping Hong Kong's long-term development.

Friday, 29 March, 2013, 4:03am

Top court says Hong Kong must assess refugee cases independently

UNHCR's office at Jordan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The screening system is now expected to be rewritten after five judges of the Court of Final Appeal unanimously allowed a challenge by three African men. The government said the ruling would not affect the city's policy of not granting asylum to anyone. Instead, people granted refugee status in Hong Kong are resettled elsewhere.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:04pm

Internet guru Kim Dotcom plans to sue Hong Kong government

Kim Dotcom says his company was ready to list. Photo: AFP

Former Hong Kong resident and flamboyant founder of the now-defunct file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he plans to sue the Hong Kong government for the role it played in his company's demise.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 5 comments

Hong Kong needs an effective regime for access to data

Dr Paul Yip Sui-fai, director of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. Photo: Nora Tam

Government organisations collect a wealth of personal data about citizens they are not at liberty to disclose. A lot of it, however, yields information indispensable to good government. In using it or making it available for research, officials must safeguard privacy. A case in point is the Hospital Authority.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:19am

Secondary pupils critique society in news commentary competition

Secondary pupils critique society in news commentary competition

More than 7,500 pupils took part in a series of competitions organised by the Hok Yau Club, a non-governmental organisation, from September to January.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Improve public access to information

Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong appears to stand out as a centre for the free flow of information in the region. But it lags behind countries that long ago enacted laws protecting public archives and access to information. The absence of legislation here means there is little control over what is kept and what is discarded by government departments.

26 Jan 2013 - 2:06am

Hong Kong must be watchful of city's growing bureaucracy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Concerns have been raised after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced the creation of yet two more high-level committees during his policy address. The establishment of the Financial Services Development Council and the Economic Development Commission brought the number of new and revamped bodies to 16 since he took office.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:44am 3 comments

All too common case of dithering

If the new administration of Leung Chun-ying can devise an effective mechanism for co-ordinating overlapping authority, that would be a meaningful legacy of better governance. Photo: Sam Tsang

Mainlanders had a bit of fun recently mocking official clichés on a microblog hosted by the People's Daily, after the country's new leadership called for an end to long speeches and meetings in a drive for better governance. One example that sticks in the mind is "relevant department", a phrase used to blur responsibility for dealing with bad news or a tricky issue.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:25am 1 comment

Rallies offer CY Leung a chance to lead

Protestors carry a poster of the city's leader Leung Chun-ying demanding him to step down. Photo: AFP

Unlike elsewhere in the world, where 2013 has been celebrated with joy and festivity, Hong Kong has ushered in the new year with politically charged rallies and protests. Yesterday, tens of thousands of people from two opposing camps took to the street to demonstrate for and against the embattled chief executive.

2 Jan 2013 - 9:03am

Hong Kong government has created season of ill will: archbishop

Poor government is to blame for the social divisions and distrust splitting the city, Anglican Archbishop Paul Kwong has said in an outspoken Christmas message.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am

On disability services, a government push could go far

On disability services, a government push could go far. Photo: SCMP

Did you notice all the events taking place in Hong Kong last week to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities? No? Me neither.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:49am

Home turth

Soaring property prices make buying a home on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon a distant dream for many Hongkongers.

Owning a home is what most Hongkongers aspire to, as it enables them to feel committed to the place where they live, and helps form part of their identity.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

Hong Kong has a key role in international legal services

Hong Kong has a key role in international legal services

Today, December 13, 2012, is an important date in Hong Kong's development as an international legal services centre. It is the date set for the opening ceremony of the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

13 Dec 2012 - 3:06am 4 comments

Revive Hong Kong's can-do spirit

Hong Kong has lost its political way. Photo: SCMP

The art of politics - compromise - has been lost. Obstructionist politics has taken the city and its residents hostage: 2012 is turning out to be a year of high-strung rhetoric with very little progress.

10 Dec 2012 - 12:50pm 3 comments

HK$2.8m reason that this job is obscene

"Yum Cha" Shiu Sin-por

It doesn't have a proper title yet, but if I had to describe it, I would use the Chinese euphemism "the position of double happiness". Sorry, it's not another 3-D porn movie but a new full-time salaried position that the government is creating under its Central Policy Unit.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:21am 1 comment