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Hong Kong Politics

Exco has been losing power and authority since handover, says Legco chief Tsang

Jasper Tsang's suggestion follows last week's resignation of Exco member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who is being investigated by police in connection with his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. Another Exco member, Franklin Lam Fan-keung, has been on indefinite leave of absence since November after coming under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 12:07pm 5 comments

New free-to-air TV licences will bring variety to viewing

Gone were those days when viewers in the Pearl River Delta defied officials by setting up special antennae to receive TV from this side of the border. Meanwhile, back in Hong Kong, during the past week or so, speculation spread that the Executive Council had finally come to a consensus about handing out new free-to-air TV licences. 

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

Pan-democrats lost credibility by staying silent during filibuster

When the radicals made their debut in the Legislative Council during Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's era, they made the then chief executive flinch. Over the years, their pranks have become more sophisticated; their launch pads for bananas now accommodate filibusters.

27 May 2013 - 5:00am

Tiananmen Square crackdown divides Hong Kong's protest movement

The emphasis of this year's June 4 night vigil - "Love the country, love the people" - has sparked a row between Hong Kong's veteran democrats and pro-autonomy activists, with the latter claiming that whether the mainland is democratic or not is irrelevant to Hong Kong people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Lawmakers' poverty fact-finding trip to Europe is scrapped

Lawmakers have scrapped plans for a week-long poverty fact-finding trip to Sweden and Finland, which could cost taxpayers HK$565,000. They decided the money would be better spent visiting Taiwan and Japan, which are more akin to Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 11 comments

Filibuster saga a reminder that democracy is a messy business

After more than 160 hours of "debate" in the Legislative Council, starting on April 24, the budget bill was finally enacted, enabling the legislature to vote through more than HK$350 billion of funding for public expenditure. Hong Kong's unwelcome version of a "fiscal cliff" was narrowly averted after officials issued dire warnings of impending disruption to critical public services, and much drama and altercation in Legco.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

A dangerous demagogue in our midst

Among democrats everywhere, you inevitably find a few demagogues. They are the most extreme, and reject any accommodation and compromise.

24 May 2013 - 7:55am 8 comments

Only real reform can calm Hong Kong's political volcano

A chubby, mild-mannered legal scholar seems to be disturbing the sleep of the high and mighty from Hong Kong to Beijing. How else can you explain why four major local business groups denounced Benny Tai Yiu-ting's master plan to Occupy Central next year, including taking out advertisements in major newspapers this week?

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 6 comments

Legco chief rejects pan-dems' two-thirds vote plan to end budget filibuster

The Legislative Council president has sparked new controversy after he rejected pan-democrats' suggestion that any bid to end a filibuster should require two-thirds of lawmakers' votes.

20 May 2013 - 10:26am 1 comment

Rule me out of forging consensus on political reform: Elsie Leung

Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee that advises the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the Basic Law's implementation, told the South China Morning Post it would not be suitable for her to take up such a role because she did not hold any portfolio on constitutional reform, official or otherwise.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am