Hong Kong Politics

Return to rental caps proposed as Legco debates Leung Chun-ying's policy address

Cyd Ho Sau-lan suggested bringing back rental caps along the lines of those introduced in the 1970s amid a similar housing shortage. Photo: Sam Tsang

Lawmakers criticise government for failure to improve housing crisis, as Labour Party's Cyd Ho floats reintroduction of annual rental caps scrapped in 1998.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 12:44pm

Regina Ip’s New People’s Party seals deal with Civil Force group

New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip (left) and vice-chairman Michael Tien. Photo: David Wong

The number of district council members of the New People’s Party has almost tripled, from 12 to 31, after it confirmed its alliance with New Territories East group Civil Force on Wednesday.

Instead of a clear-cut merger, senior NPP figures will also sign up to Civil Force and vice versa.

12 Feb 2014 - 7:04pm

Occupy Central critics point to policeman's 2011 death, warn against protest

A wreath in Exchange Square commemorates police officer Lau Chi-kin, who died trying to rescue a disgruntled chicken trader from a footbridge rooftop two years ago. About 100 people yesterday marched in opposition to the Occupy Central movement, saying the fatal 2011accident showed how easily protests can go wrong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

About 100 people yesterday turned out at Central's Exchange Square to mourn a police officer who died after falling off the rain-soaked roof of a footbridge during a farmer's protest in the area two years ago.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:20am 1 comment

Pro-Beijing camp turn to showbiz in suffrage debate

Participants at the forum in Admiralty yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Half a dozen names from the entertainment industry showed up at a forum organised by the Love China-Hong Kong Alliance of Youth Cultural Societies to express their desires for harmony amid what they said was the radical pursuit of democracy.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

Beijing recalling its big guns to handle a more complex city

Xu Ze, former deputy director of HK and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Ricky Chung

Last week, while a 29-year-old American stole the limelight in Hong Kong and the world, a Beijing veteran on Hong Kong's political and legal affairs quietly went back to the capital from Macau.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Snowden's case will test 'one country, two systems'

By coming here, Snowden has placed Hong Kong in the middle of the storm surge of political power grids in the US and elsewhere. Photo: Bloomberg

Technological advances have rendered borders meaningless when it comes to trade, pollution, diseases and spying; airspace and territorial waters have little relevance in these matters. Former CIA operative Edward Snowden is causing storms that are short-circuiting political power grids in the US and elsewhere.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

The limits of Chinese parochialism

Xi Jinping's visit may have had little substance but confirmed the near equality with the US that China is now widely assumed to possess. Photo: AP

Three events in recent days have focused needed attention on the international roles of China and Hong Kong: President Xi Jinping's high-profile visit to the US, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's almost invisible visit to the US, and the case of ex-CIA operative Edward Snowden.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm 7 comments

Time for C.Y. to show some leadership

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Let me practise some equal-opportunities criticism. A few columns ago, I complained that the fragmented pan-democrats have no Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi, not even a presentable leader like Martin Lee was in the 1990s.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:59am 5 comments

Occupy Central provocations won't help to build a consensus

Occupy Central's first deliberation day is more likely to be staged as a propaganda event rather than an honest exercise in public opinion polling. Photo: May Tse

Taking a leaf from "Occupy Wall Street", academics bent on holding Beijing's feet to the fire are organising an "Occupy Central" movement to pressure the central government to succumb to their demands for "true" democracy. Yet Hong Kong's version of "deliberation days" follows the American model in name only.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 5 comments

Faith gives city hope for better future

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is at the crossroads of its political development. This is the best of times for democracy in this city, and the worst of times for a hitherto peaceful, stable society.

Since 1997, anti-government forces, never heard of in the colonial era, have gone astray.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

Win-win political reform solution is possible for Hong Kong

Win-win political reform solution is possible for Hong Kong

It may be difficult to change the Legislative Council in a way that is acceptable to both Beijing and democrats, but it is not impossible. Beijing's bottom line is obvious: the 50-50 split between functional constituency members and those returned in geographical constituencies must remain, to maintain the dominance of the pro-establishment forces.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:26am 9 comments

Party politics an irreversible step towards democracy in Hong Kong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

The question of whether Leung Chun-ying has fallen out of Beijing's favour has been laid to rest, at least for the time being. Amid growing speculation fuelled by a series of political scandals, a top mainland official has rejected suggestions that the embattled chief executive would be ousted. The official instead urged the community to rally behind him.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Political party system will work in Hong Kong

Photo: AFP

Recurrent rumours that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will be dumped by Beijing reflect not reality, but dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong government. But the problems have more to do with the system than the individual.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am

Executive Council convenor complains of policy making ambush

Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: May Tse

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong has criticised government bureaus for not making details of policy proposals clear to executive councillors until a very late stage.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Tiananmen vigil organiser calls for unity

Lee Cheuk-yan. Photo: Sam Tsang

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of vigil organiser, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said one of the 21 Tiananmen activists wanted by the Communist Party had already arrived in Hong Kong from the United States, ready to join tomorrow's candlelight event to mourn comrades who died in the crackdown.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am