Hong Kong Politics

Let's keep calm about suffrage debate

Chief Executive candidate Albert Ho Chun-yan (centre) speaks to the press after losing in the Chief Executive election in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's not every day that a community has an opportunity to remake a constitutional order. Hong Kong people now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance of doing so, with minimal risk of violence or chaos. We don't know how lucky we are.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:42am 3 comments

CY Leung rules out deal with radicals to end filibuster

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

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said meeting radical lawmakers' demands in exchange for an end to their filibustering of the budget bill was "extremely inadvisable".

10 May 2013 - 3:47am

Police chief defends Occupy Central activist's arrest

Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung views protesters' placards depicting him as a dog and a political tool. Photo: Edward Wong

Andy Tsang Wai-hung said officers did not know until she was arrested on Wednesday that Melody Chan Yuk-fung had joined the movement to occupy roads in the city centre in a pro-democracy protest planned for next year.

10 May 2013 - 5:54am 4 comments

'One man, one vote' urged for 2017 chief executive panel

Government House in Central welcomes the public on Open Day in March. Pan-democrats say the 2017 chief executive election should be elected by all 3.2 million registered voters in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

The Alliance for True Democracy also proposes that a candidate with the support of at least an eighth of nominating committee members, or with nominations from a certain proportion of the city's voters, should be able to stand for the top job.

9 May 2013 - 7:43am 6 comments

Survey puts social order ahead of freedoms, in blow to Occupy Central

Rev Chu Yiu-ming, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man, organisers of Occupy Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

The results of a Hong Kong Institute of Education poll were released as the head of Beijing's local liaison office was quoted as saying that the Occupy Central movement - the plan by democracy advocates for a mass demonstration next year - would "destroy law and order".

9 May 2013 - 5:46am 10 comments

Occupy Central volunteer charged over July 1 protest

Founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said the government hoped to create 'white terror'. Photo: Dickson Lee

A volunteer at the office of the Occupy Central movement was arrested yesterday for her part in the July 1 demonstrations of 2011, prompting questions as to why it took police nearly two years to act.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am 3 comments

Lawmakers inch ahead on budget amid bargaining

Chan Wai-yip. Photo: Sam Tsang

Proceedings in the Legislative Council were a little faster yesterday, with filibustering lawmakers getting through seven debate sessions - almost double the number they managed over the six previous days - as deliberations over the budget bill dragged on.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

Claudia Mo warns of 'Big Brother culture' in Civic Party

New blood among the Democrats makes the Civic Party's Claudia Mo envious. Photo: David Wong

Maverick lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching of the Civic Party has warned of a "Big Brother culture" in the party leadership, after a rift surfaced with a former chairman over the government's Sichuan earthquake relief donation.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

The key step to universal suffrage

Illustration: Craig Stephens

On April 24, I announced the launch of Hong Kong 2020 to provide a platform for seeking views on how, as a community, we can work towards a consensus on the constitutional changes necessary to achieve full universal suffrage for election of the chief executive in 2017 and all members of the Legislative Council by 2020.

8 May 2013 - 4:23am 7 comments

Tsang agrees to ask radicals to stop filibustering

Chan Kin-por, Lam Kin-fung, and Leung Chun-ying at the reception

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah will meet four radical pan-democrats on Friday to convince them to stop the filibustering that is blocking the passage of the budget bill, as it edges closer to the government's self-imposed deadline in mid-May.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am 1 comment

Push for one man, one vote to elect committee

Alliance convenor Joseph Cheng

The Alliance for True Democracy will push for the chief executive poll nominating committee to be elected by all Hong Kong voters in 2017, sources say.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am 2 comments

Lawyer calls for committee to gauge poll views

Jat Sew-tong (left) thinks Andrew Li would be a good choice

Senior counsel Jat Sew-tong, who is chairman of two influential statutory bodies - the Independent Police Complaints Council and the Minimum Wage Commission, said a highly respected figure should chair such a committee.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am

Cross-party platform could solve deadlock over reform

Alan Leong thinks Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing (above) would ensure fair speech. Photo: May Tse

A cross-party platform similar to the format of the Basic Law Consultative Committee established almost three decades ago could help bring about a breakthrough to the apparent political deadlock in the electoral reform, a leading pan-democratic lawmaker suggests.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Democracy battle will cost HK$10m, Occupy Central activists figure

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

How much would it cost for the city to achieve democracy? About HK$10 million, according to organisers of a civil disobedience movement to block roads in Central. But big-money donations are not welcome. The Occupy Central organisers say they will accept only individual contributions of no more than HK$10,000.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment

Legco should stop the farce and get to work

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at the debate. Photo: Edward Wong

The public can be excused for being outraged as the legislature degenerates into a political circus. Just a week into the tiring tactic of filibustering, mounted by a handful of rebel lawmakers, the scrutiny of bills has been suspended, panel sessions disrupted and meetings aborted due to insufficient attendance, while hours are spent counting quorums and some play pranks in lifts to delay attendance.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 11 comments