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Jasper Tsang Yok-sing

Beijing's top man to hold unprecedented Hong Kong lunch with Legco members

Beijing's top official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, is ready to "tackle all questions" at a lunch with the entire Legislative Council - and pan-democrats vowed to voice their strong demand for universal suffrage.

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013, 8:37am 6 comments

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Kai Tak cruise terminal opens

The Kai Tak cruise terminal opens its doors and welcomes its first "guest" - the 5,000-berth Mariner of the Seas. The HK$8.2 billion terminal has struggled with a leaking roof in recent weeks and business is expected to be slow in the early months of operation. The government and Tourism Board say they are working together to tackle the problems.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:27am

Legco president renews his call for Exco reform

The head of the legislature has renewed his call for a reform of the Executive Council, saying the council's two principles of confidentiality and collective responsibility should be reviewed.

30 May 2013 - 4:07am

Exco has been losing power and authority since handover, says Legco chief Tsang

Jasper Tsang's suggestion follows last week's resignation of Exco member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who is being investigated by police in connection with his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. Another Exco member, Franklin Lam Fan-keung, has been on indefinite leave of absence since November after coming under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

27 May 2013 - 12:07pm 5 comments

Filibuster saga a reminder that democracy is a messy business

After more than 160 hours of "debate" in the Legislative Council, starting on April 24, the budget bill was finally enacted, enabling the legislature to vote through more than HK$350 billion of funding for public expenditure. Hong Kong's unwelcome version of a "fiscal cliff" was narrowly averted after officials issued dire warnings of impending disruption to critical public services, and much drama and altercation in Legco.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Legco chief rejects pan-dems' two-thirds vote plan to end budget filibuster

The Legislative Council president has sparked new controversy after he rejected pan-democrats' suggestion that any bid to end a filibuster should require two-thirds of lawmakers' votes.

20 May 2013 - 10:26am 1 comment

Tsang's deadline ends filibuster and bill delay

All 710 amendments to the budget bill - mostly filed by four radical pan-democrats as part of a filibuster - were vetoed in the Legislative Council last night as the government edged away from the possibility of running out of cash by next month.

After one of the legislature's longest debates, the annual appropriation bill was expected to be passed by a safe margin early next week.

17 May 2013 - 3:11am

Ending budget filibuster was Legco's darkest day

On Tuesday, the president of the Legislative Council, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, finally ended 60 hours of filibustering on the budget bill with some tricky manoeuvring and the support of semi-reluctant mainstream democratic lawmakers.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am 9 comments

No winners as Legco filibuster comes to an end

Lawmakers across the political spectrum said yesterday that no one stood to gain after an 11-day debate triggered by radical legislators' filibustering came to an end.

15 May 2013 - 7:16am 1 comment

Opinion divided as Legco chief cuts off filibuster debate on budget bill

Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing ruled yesterday that weeks of filibustering by radical lawmakers to block passage of the budget bill had to end by 1pm today. His decision to axe the debate, however, has sparked controversy over the use of his power.

14 May 2013 - 4:53am 2 comments

Legco president Jasper Tsang orders end to budget bill filibuster

The president of the Legislative Council on Monday ordered to end a filibuster on the budget bill by Tuesday.

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing ordered that the remaining 131 debates would be merged and ended by Tuesday at 1pm. This would be immediately followed by a vote on each of the amendments.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Meeting budget deadline impossible, Jasper Tsang warns

The budget bill could not be passed by Wednesday even if the weeks-long filibuster ended, Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said. Officials have warned that funding for public services would be disrupted the next day.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am 5 comments

Talking points

The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas court will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and changed the country's attitude to the justice system, media and celebrity.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

Cross-party platform could solve deadlock over reform

A cross-party platform similar to the format of the Basic Law Consultative Committee established almost three decades ago could help bring about a breakthrough to the apparent political deadlock in the electoral reform, a leading pan-democratic lawmaker suggests.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Legco should stop the farce and get to work

The public can be excused for being outraged as the legislature degenerates into a political circus. Just a week into the tiring tactic of filibustering, mounted by a handful of rebel lawmakers, the scrutiny of bills has been suspended, panel sessions disrupted and meetings aborted due to insufficient attendance, while hours are spent counting quorums and some play pranks in lifts to delay attendance.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 11 comments