Hong Kong Politics

Hong Kong's hollow leadership

Unless Leung can somehow reboot his administration, he is likely to follow Tung in leaving office before his term expires.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has been dogged by scandal from his first days in office, and his personal integrity is routinely impugned by much of the public. So it is no surprise that his popularity is plummeting.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 2:44pm 1 comment

Yang Kuang still missing; fury crosses political divide

Protesters march to the central government''s liaison office in Hong Kong in protest at the attacks in Beijing. Photo: Felix Wong

The disappearance of Diaoyu Islands activist Yang Kuang, coupled with assaults on two Hong Kong journalists outside Liu Xia's home on Friday, have sparked outrage across the city's political divide and among Hong Kong delegates gathered in Beijing for the annual sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People's Congress.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 6 comments

Equal opportunities watchdog may have lost its bite

Critics fear Dr York Chow will be more conservative.

The controversial appoint-ment of former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok to head an anti-discrimination watchdog has drawn much criticism, something the statutory body has seen plenty of in its 17-year history.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Rational approach can ease tensions, liaison chief Zhang Xiaoming says

Zhang Xiaoming

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, said he hoped that the chief executive elected by universal suffrage in 2017 would be patriotic and have both the central government's trust and Hong Kong people's backing.

9 Mar 2013 - 6:23am

EOC's new chief York Chow must prove he's a watchdog

The former health secretary, York Chow Yat-ngok, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Felix Wong

Filling the shoes left behind by a good predecessor is not easy. The challenge is even bigger when it is a sensitive job closely monitored by the public. Former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok must have felt the heat in succeeding Lam Woon-kwong as head of the city's Equal Opportunities Commission. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Lawmaker Albert Ho may sacrifice 'super seat' for democracy fight

Albert Ho Chun-yan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan has thrown his weight behind a plan to occupy Central to press for democracy, saying he may quit his "super seat" in the legislature to trigger a by-election on the issue.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:10am 2 comments

Blame both sides for Hong Kong's political impasse

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing wants security and loyalty from Hong Kong. The pan-democrats want democracy. Both sides insist their demand must be met first before they will concede to the other side. Both can legitimately appeal to the Basic Law as trying to fulfil our constitutional duties.

9 Mar 2013 - 10:29am

Equal opportunities chief should start with battle cry, not a whimper

York Chow Yat-ngok, the new commissioner for Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Diskson Lee

As the closest thing to a human rights body in Hong Kong, the duty of the Equal Opportunities Commission is to take a forthright stance on what is right, rather than following the dictates of public opinion.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Beijing urges HK delegates to play 'exemplary' roles

At the CPPCC session yesterday are (from left) President Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping, Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AP

In a keynote speech to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), outgoing chairman Jia Qinglin called on Hong Kong and Macau delegates to play a greater role in their special administrative regions and the nation's economic, social and political development.

4 Mar 2013 - 11:34am 1 comment

Henry Tang: All Hongkongers who love the country and city can stand for chief exec

Former chief secretary Henry Tang says most Hongkongers would qualify to run for chief executive in 2017. Photo: SCMP

The newly elected member of Beijing's top advisory body said yesterday that anyone who cared about the country and Hong Kong's development could be viewed as loving the nation and the SAR - conditions laid down by Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference spokesman Lu Xinhua on Saturday for the chief executive to be elected by universal suffrage in 2017.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:43am 3 comments

Veteran Maria Tam rules out Basic Law Committee role for Stephen Lam

Maria Tam Wai-chu. Photo: May Tse

Former constitutional minister Stephen Lam Sui-lung will not replace Elsie Leung Oi-sie as deputy director of the Basic Law Committee as had been rumoured, veteran committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu said.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

Financial Secretary John Tsang defends his budget amid criticism

John Tsang defends his budget yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

He emphasised the 16 per cent increase in government spending over the next financial year, saying it was rare for a government anywhere to be lifting expenditure.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am 4 comments

Occupy Central plan amounts to tyranny of minority

Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: SCMP

Unlike Occupy Wall Street - a "leaderless resistance movement" of the 99 per cent against the "greed and corruption of the one per cent", as it proclaims on its website - Occupy Central is more a campaign than a movement. It is not concerned with social and economic inequality, but with one-man-one-vote elections.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 2 comments

Time for the ICAC to take stock

Time for the ICAC to take stock

Experience shows that for an anti-corruption agency to succeed, it must be supported by strong laws, properly supervised and be able to discharge its duties without fear or favour. Hong Kong's vaunted policy of zero tolerance of corruption has won it many friends, but it has come at a price.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

Fast-track for Benny Tai's blockade for universal suffrage?

Albert Chan Wai-yip. Photo: Sam Tsang

A controversial plan to occupy the roads in Central in demand of universal suffrage may be rehearsed on July 1, lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip said.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am 1 comment