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  • Sep 16, 2014
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Illegal structures

Henry Tang puts on brave face ahead of wife’s trial over illegal basement

Failed chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen said on Wednesday he and his wife were prepared to take any responsibility for any illegal basement construction at their Kowloon Tong luxury home.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 7:27am

Hong Kong's long road to better housing

Rehousing people who are forced to live in substandard, subdivided flats should be the priority of any developed society. Hong Kong has had a problem just counting these people accurately. According to the Census and Statistics Department the number fell from 58,300 in 2006 to 32,800 in 2011. Last October it put the figure at 69,400.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am 1 comment

Up to 3 in 10 complaints to ICAC deemed too weak for further action

Corruption complaints that are deemed "pursuable" - excluding election-related cases - account for 70 per cent to 80 per cent of all reports the ICAC receives every year, a review of its annual reports for the years 2000 to 2011 shows.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am

Letters to the Editor, March 20, 2013

I would like to clarify the government's stance regarding public access to private sports clubs and other facilities on sites that are operated under private recreational leases.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 3 comments

Secret of former chief secretary Henry Tang's wine cellar remains bottled up

A wine expert given a rare glimpse inside former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's wine cellar is remaining tight-lipped about its location.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

How to prosecute the Tang illegal basement case?

We've been brooding over the charges that Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, is due to face in respect of the illegal basement. She has been charged in connection with building works being carried out without the approval and consent of the Buildings Department, which carries a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment and a fine of HK$400,000.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:47am

Henry Tang promises to support wife in court over illegal basement

Failed chief executive candidate and former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen promised on Friday to accompany his wife to court on March 13 when she faces a charge of having an illegal basement in their Kowloon Tong home.

1 Mar 2013 - 7:59pm 2 comments

Swamped New Territories villages welcome all inspectors

Like most residents of the New Territories, I welcome the government's initiative to set up a new department to investigate what has become known in the media as unauthorised structures. New Territories residents know this to be a euphemism for "essential home improvements".

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 1 comment

Digging deep for some illegal space

Is the illegal giant basement found under the home of former chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen and his wife in Kowloon Tong an exception, the result of the couple's greed for space despite their already huge luxury home?

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 2 comments

Henry Tang's wife charged over illegal basement

A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed yesterday that the probe into the 2,250 sq ft basement at the house at 7 York Road, Kowloon Tong, had been completed and a summons issued on February 9.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 8 comments