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James Tien

For Tien, odds of hung vote high

There's a one-in-three chance no chief executive candidate will get the required majority when the 1,193 electors vote, says an ally of scandal-hit contender Henry Tang Ying-yen.

Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am

Trade body defends its new chief executive

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce defended the appointment of its new chief executive yesterday after critics said the recruitment process was hasty and had not been open.

Its general committee stressed it had approved the appointment of Shirley Yuen as CEO at a formal meeting after she was recommended by the chairman's committee, the chamber said in a communique.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Henry Tang gets nod from business

Henry Tang Ying-yen, who has a strong background in economic and financial issues, is likely to receive more support from the business sector in the race for the city's top job.

Business leaders said they had 'good feelings' about the chief secretary and supported him to run for the chief executive's post in March.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lead the way

Accounting for 3.3 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product and providing some 190,000 jobs, not to mention spurring growth in related sectors, tourism is one of the pillars of our economy. Marred by a spate of ugly episodes involving mainland visitors, the industry needs more than just a new coat of paint. It needs some drastic refurbishment.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Government may shoot itself in the foot with by-election plan

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung last week suggested scrapping by-elections in geographical constituencies. Instead, he proposed, a vacant seat in the Legislative Council arising from the resignation or death of a lawmaker should be filled by the next best-placed candidate at the previous election.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

James Tien and Chow leading Liberals again

Tycoon James Tien Pei-chun and his trusted lieutenant Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee have officially returned to the helm of the Liberal Party.

Yesterday's move came after his brother, Michael Tien Puk-sun, abandoned the party to join lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee in forming the New People's Party.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Liberals to back Tien despite rift

The Liberal Party will continue to support Michael Tien Puk-sun despite his break with the organisation almost two weeks ago, party elders said yesterday.

Liberal Party politicians promised not to compete against him in Legislative Council elections in 2012, and even to extend a helping hand in his campaigning work.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Political Animal

Greater workload, by any other name

28 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The untouchables

Someone high up in government told me tycoon Lee Shau-kee is livid that the Tsang administration humiliated him by investigating his firm's possible wrongdoing involving the sale of luxury Mid-Levels flats. How true that is I don't know. But it's safe to say that Lee cannot be happy with the probe.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Tourism industry watchdog urged to expel repeat offenders

The Travel Industry Council has been urged to consider expelling agencies that repeatedly break the rules.

Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun made the call yesterday following a recent incident in which a mainland tourist died from a heart attack after arguing with a tour guide who allegedly refused to let him leave a jewellery shop.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report 'Lunar New Year arrivals boosted by mainlanders' on page A3 on Saturday misquoted Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun, commenting about the number of visitors over the Lunar New Year. His quote should have read: 'Right now, more than two-thirds of visitors to Hong Kong are from the mainland, which has become our lifeline.'

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Political Animal

Justice secretary urged to get priorities right

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Poll costs laid bare

Veteran unionist Lau Chin-shek received donations from a galaxy of public figures for his failed Legco re-election bid, ranging from entertainment tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-sing (HK$50,000) to lawmaker Philip Wong Yu-hong (HK$5,000).

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Thursday Think-tank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai becomes first woman on Jockey Club's board of stewards ... interestingly, she now oversees geldings and thoroughbreds; whereas some say for 10 years she presided over a council of mules and asses.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Tourism sector veteran says he got things done quietly

After a low-profile 17 years as a lawmaker, Liberal Party member Howard Young says he wants to retire just as quietly.

'Not everyone likes to be a leader and take a high profile,' said Mr Young, who has held the tourism functional constituency since 1991.

19 Jul 2008 - 12:00am