Hong Kong Politics

Thirty years on, a young turk recalls historic trip

The 12-strong Young Professionals Delegation with then National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun (centre) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in May 1983. Photo: Allen Lee Peng-fei

When the 12 members of the "Young Professionals Delegation" met National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun in Beijing in May 1983, they could hardly imagine that the state leader's son, Xi Jinping, would eventually become paramount leader.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am

Anson Chan's misleading view of Britain's colonial influence on policy

Anson Chan, the former No 2 in the government, hopes to push for political reform through her group "Hong Kong 2020". Photo: David Wong

How true is it that, during colonial rule, our policymakers always placed the interests of Hong Kong above British interests? Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang insists Hong Kong policymakers were not required to consider British reaction. That, of course, is misleading at best and nonsense at worst.

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 23 comments

The gutsy and gutless among pan-dems

Lawmakers Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Chan Wai-yip and members of People Power and League of Social Democrats protest outside Legislative Council. Photo: Dickson Lee

Whatever you think about the four filibustering lawmakers, at least they took a principled stance. Not so their 20-plus pan-democratic colleagues in the legislature. They didn't want to alienate many of their core supporters for whom any antics that cause trouble or embarrassment for the government are welcome.

16 May 2013 - 2:47am 7 comments

Meeting budget deadline impossible, Jasper Tsang warns

Jasper Tsang

The budget bill could not be passed by Wednesday even if the weeks-long filibuster ended, Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said. Officials have warned that funding for public services would be disrupted the next day.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am 5 comments

The missing debate on universal pension

Pro-establishment lawmakers display banners denouncing the filibuster in Legco. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

There are many reasons why the filibuster by some legislators over the 2013 budget was a very bad idea, but the most important one is that it brought into disrepute the very policy they claimed to be fighting for: a universal pension.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:37am 4 comments

Filibustering legislators feel the heat

Lawmaker Chan Wai-yip. Photo: Edward Wong

I applaud People Power legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip for cracking the biggest political joke of the year. He was advocating the art of compromise publicly on the radio last week, offering the government the chance to stop the filibuster circus at the legislature should it agree to their watered-down "conditions".

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

Lawmakers plan trip costing up to HK$560,000 to study poverty

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

Lawmakers are considering spending up to HK$560,000 of public money on a week-long trip to find ways to deal with one of Hong Kong's most pressing problems - poverty.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 20 comments

Gauging reaction of mainland China to policies not viable, says Anson Chan

Anson Chan Fong On-sang. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The leaked memo, which first appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper, said: "From June 1, an assessment on mainland perception and related public relations measures will become … mandatory … for all Policy Committee papers."

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 7 comments

Public will be consulted on pension, say ministers

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Edward Wong

With radical lawmakers mounting a filibuster of the budget bill to press the case for a universal pension scheme, government ministers yesterday said the public would be consulted soon on a retirement protection scheme.

12 May 2013 - 5:57am

Time to widen election debate

Pan-democrat Lawmakers in a press conference. Photo: Sam Tsang

The political temperature has risen after the pan-democrats floated more ideas for how universal suffrage should be achieved in 2017. A contentious point is a popular vote to elect the nominating committee for the chief executive poll, as opposed to the existing election committee whose ballot is confined to 240,000 voters.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am

Regina Ip's not currying any favour with this one

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. Photo: Felix Wong

If you live next door to Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, make sure you tell her before you cook a curry.

But that's not necessarily because she likes the spicy, aromatic concoction and might seek an invitation.

11 May 2013 - 5:16am 2 comments

Ineffective pan-democratic movement has to grow up for sake of the people

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting vows to rally support from people from different professions and strata for the movement in a New School for Democracy forum in Mong Kok. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

If you are involved in a people’s movement, you must first believe in the people. The Alliance for True Democracy, a coalition of the pan-democrats to fight for true universal suffrage, held a forum on political reform on Sunday.

10 May 2013 - 4:51am 4 comments

Eddie Ng snapped using phone in Legco Q&A session

Eddie Ng is seen checking his smartphone. Photo: SCMP

The education minister came under fire online after a picture of him appearing to check the prices on his iPhone during the chief executive's question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council was circulated online.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".

10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments

Pan-democrats' proposal may run into brick wall

Elsie Leung fears too many candidates for chief executive.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie said the proposal, which might result in a situation where dozens of candidates ran for chief executive, may not be in line with a NPC Standing Committee decision.

10 May 2013 - 5:45am 4 comments