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Hong Kong Politics

Dogmatic zeal over democracy won't get us there

Here's my confession: I have never voted in a Hong Kong election. I haven't even registered to vote. I've only voted in US elections. Call me irresponsible. There are three reasons why I have not voted in a Hong Kong election.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 4:34am 7 comments

Right to suffrage framed by Basic Law

In March, Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the National People's Congress, said Hong Kong's chief executive ought to be a patriot.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 4 comments

Budget delays could hit funds for the poor

Professor Chan Ka-keung, the financial services and treasury secretary, stepped up his rhetoric against filibustering attempts over the bill as the Legislative Council's meeting was adjourned in the morning, causing more delay and further piling pressure on Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing to stop the filibustering.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Pan-democrats to roll out 2017 suffrage plan six months early

The plan is expected to touch on the size and composition of the future nominating committee for chief executive candidates, and the interpretation of the "democratic procedures" prescribed in the Basic Law.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 4 comments

Filibusters disrupt 11 planned events

Ongoing filibustering by radical politicians derailed 10 scheduled panel meetings at the legislature and a lawmakers' visit to wet markets, a check of the official website shows.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

Elsie Leung suggests threshold for Hong Kong's top job

Support from an eighth of nominating committee members could be a possible threshold for aspirants to enter the chief executive election under universal suffrage, Elsie Leung Oi-sie says.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am 12 comments

A lesson for the pig-headed bureaucrats

The government says it wants Hong Kong to be an education hub and a world city but it simply refuses to consider simple changes to its school subsidy policy that would go a long way towards achieving those goals.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 27 comments

We will deal with ICAC spending row, says CY Leung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday he was "serious" about allegations against former chief graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming, but any decision on what to do would await the outcome of an internal investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

1 May 2013 - 7:23am 12 comments

Hong Kong full of 'political rogues', says activist Chan Ching-sum

Chan Ching-sum is renowned for her glowering facial expressions whenever she and her comrades bombard the pan-democrats they describe as "Hong Kong-harming". But off the stage, the novice political activist is surprisingly cheerful.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:27pm 9 comments

'Occupy' movement brings in more support

Some 500 supporters of the Occupy Central plan that demands genuine universal suffrage will rally on June 9 to discuss possible problems the movement may face, its founder said yesterday.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am 4 comments

Legco gridlock a disaster of our own making

How on earth did a simple matter like donating HK$100 million to relief efforts after the recent deadly earthquake in Sichuan province run off the rails? The answer is because legislators and the administration are not talking to each other.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:38am

Hong Kong's artless politics

While politicians making injudicious statements are about as surprising as the sun rising in the east, the recent proclamation that political elements can render an artwork artless still manages to astonish; it is so patently absurd that refuting it would be like writing about the sun setting in the west.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am

Letters to the Editor, April 27, 2013

I write to echo the views of Paul M. F. Cheng ("We badly need anti-monopoly legislation", April 24). He is right to lament that Hong Kong has never had a level playing field. Like the colonial regime, the SAR government continues to promote policies that have enabled a few families to control the livelihood of the majority, from real estate and electricity to telecommunications and food supplies.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:25am 2 comments

Striking dock workers are pawns in dissident campaign

Industrial action is a powerful weapon during an economic upturn or in a rising industry because the employers have a lot to lose with any stoppage. This single factor accounts for the frequent and successful industrial action in the local airlines.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 4 comments

Democratic candidates must have a place in 2017 contest

Senior Chinese legislator Qiao Xiaoyang dropped a bomb last month when he presented his views on how the 2017 chief executive election should be held.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments