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Hong Kong Politics

Win-win political reform solution is possible for Hong Kong

It may be difficult to change the Legislative Council in a way that is acceptable to both Beijing and democrats, but it is not impossible.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 2:26am 9 comments

Party politics an irreversible step towards democracy in Hong Kong

The question of whether Leung Chun-ying has fallen out of Beijing's favour has been laid to rest, at least for the time being. Amid growing speculation fuelled by a series of political scandals, a top mainland official has rejected suggestions that the embattled chief executive would be ousted. The official instead urged the community to rally behind him.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Political party system will work in Hong Kong

Recurrent rumours that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will be dumped by Beijing reflect not reality, but dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong government. But the problems have more to do with the system than the individual.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am

Executive Council convenor complains of policy making ambush

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong has criticised government bureaus for not making details of policy proposals clear to executive councillors until a very late stage.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Tiananmen vigil organiser calls for unity

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of vigil organiser, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said one of the 21 Tiananmen activists wanted by the Communist Party had already arrived in Hong Kong from the United States, ready to join tomorrow's candlelight event to mourn comrades who died in the crackdown.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Conspiracy theories abound, but they don't provide answers

In politics, conspiracy theories are rife. They have sprung powerfully into life since Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, an Executive Council member and top aide to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was forced to quit all his public positions during the inquiry into the collapse of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, which he founded.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am 1 comment

Exco members' poor exit strategy

My college professor used to say, "My best advice in life is this: quit while you're ahead". It's great advice for people in every walk of life. But some of our politicians seem to live by a different adage, that of rapper MC Hammer: too legit to quit. Take Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and Franklin Lam Fan-keung, both being investigated for wrongdoing. Cheung finally resigned from his position as an executive councillor a week ago while Lam is on indefinite leave from Exco.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 2 comments

June 4 vigil slogan stirs up simmering row in pro-democracy camp

They have been accustomed to pressure - mostly coming from a northerly direction - for 20-plus years. But this year, the organisers of the annual June 4 vigil are feeling the heat from an unlikely source much closer to home.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am 2 comments

Liaison office staff warned not to take gifts

The central government's liaison office has warned its staff to "decline gifts such as food and fruit during festivities", including this month's Dragon Boat festival. The statement comes after Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping made a call last December to end official extravagance.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am

It's not Leung, it's the system

All this talk about the central government having a reserve plan to replace the unpopular Leung Chun-ying makes me want to say this: it's the system, stupid, not the chief executive. Changing the chief executive would change nothing. Hong Kong would still lurch from one political crisis to another. The Occupy Central movement would still march on.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am 3 comments