Illegal structures

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

Henry Tang and his wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin leave Kowloon City Court after her appearance to answer charges over illegal structures at her Kowloon Tong home. Photo: Felix Wong

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. Photo: AFP

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

Chief executives past and present had to fend off criticism.

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

Tung Chung is too far for shoppers. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Simon Tam, head of wine for China at Christie's, conducts the auction of Henry Tang's 810-lot collection. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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?

The latest catch.

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

Henry Tang Ying-yen speaks to reporters at Chek Lap Kok airport before travelling to Beijing as a newly appointed member of the CPPCC. Photo: KY Cheng

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

Government inspectors to investigate unauthorised structures in New Territories villages may discover other concerns. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Henry Tang Ying-yen's house in Kowloon Tong. Photo: David Wong

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

Tang and his wife. Photo: Nora Tam

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

CY Leung’s popularity at new low after policy address

CY Leung Chun-ying attends an inauguration ceremony of the Hong Kong Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association on Monday. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s maiden policy address failed to boost his popularity rating, as it plunged to a new low in the latest Chinese University poll.

28 Jan 2013 - 9:25pm 1 comment

Small-house moves worthy of Machiavelli

There is no real hope of reversing the small-house policy. Photo: Edward Wong

Perhaps town and country just don't get along. This may be why urbanites like yours truly are always picking on the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural body that represents indigenous villagers in the New Territories.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 6 comments

Chief Executive CY Leung challenged to lie detector test on illegal structures

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Edward Wong

Lew Mon-hung turned his back on the man he once supported as the city's leader in an interview with iSun Affairs magazine published last week.

27 Jan 2013 - 1:28pm 2 comments

CPPCC delegate accuses CE of lying over illegal structures

Local CPPCC delegate Lew Mon-hung attends a policy address forum at the University of Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Edward Wong

Ties turn sour for Leung Chun-ying and his former staunch supporter, Lew Mon-hung, who has now spoken out against the chief executive, accusing him of lying and breaking his promises.

24 Jan 2013 - 8:48pm 4 comments

Surviving couple rebuild their lives amid 'indescribable' grief

What Simon Watkiss and his wife, Candy, have gone through since the night fire gutted their New Territories house and took the lives of their two young sons is beyond imagination.

Yet last week, Watkiss calmly recounted the horrific ordeal that destroyed his family and left his life in tatters.

He said he and his wife were trapped in their room by the blaze.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:31am