Hong Kong Politics

Dogmatic zeal over democracy won't get us there

Photo: David Wong

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

Deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC), Qiao Xiaoyang speaks at the forum hold at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Robert Ng

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, financial services and treasury secretary

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

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek. Photo: May Tse

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

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung in the filibustering to protest against the omission of a universal pension scheme from the proposed budget. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Ex-justice chief Elsie Leung Oi-sie

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

Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education and Cherry Tse, Permanent Secretary for Education join about ten thousand students join World Book Day event and recite the works of Shakespeare in Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Thomas Yau

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

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

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

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

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

DAB stages an anti-filibuster demonstration outside Legislative Council. Photo: David Wong

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

Lawmaker Chan Kam-lam said 'Works that are indecent, vulgar, political and insulting are not works of art'. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

Speed display devices are not for taxis. Photo: David Wong

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.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 2 comments

Striking dock workers are pawns in dissident campaign

Striking dock workers stage a protest outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Martin Lee Chu-ming

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.

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 4 comments