Jimmy Cheung

Budget surplus beats expectations - again

The budget surplus in the past financial year reached a new high of HK$123.6 billion - HK$8 billion more than the finance chief's estimate two months ago.

Thursday, 1 May, 2008, 12:00am

Rise in spending limits for candidates

A cap on candidates' campaign expenses for the Legislative Council elections will increase by 5 per cent under a government proposal.

The HK$10-per-vote subsidy for candidates will also increase to HK$11 to cope with inflation, according to a government paper.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Applicants for civil service jobs to face test on Basic Law

All applicants for civil service jobs are to be tested on the Basic Law, the government announced yesterday.

Candidates will be assessed on their knowledge of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, as well as its annexes, attachments and appendices, through written tests or interviews.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Journalists' group says ban flouts rules

The Hong Kong Journalists' Association said yesterday that the mainland authorities' decision to ban reporters from covering the riots in Tibet was unacceptable.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Fewer police with financial problems

Another 11 police officers were found to have unmanageable debts in the second half of last year, though the total number of officers in financial trouble continued to drop, according to the government.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Return cash to taxpayers, Tsang urged

Survey finds little support for hoarding of budget surplus

Blessed with a windfall budget surplus, the finance chief's priority should be to give money back to taxpayers rather than save for rainy days, Hong Kong's business and opinion leaders believe.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Community divided on best level for reserves

Views on the optimal size of fiscal reserves remain divided, with the majority in favour of a level sufficient for one to two years' government spending, the SCMP/TNS survey shows.

The reserves stood at HK$419.9 billion last November, equivalent to about 22 months of government spending.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rita Fan seeks to avoid clash of roles

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, who has been tipped to become a National People's Congress Standing Committee member, said she would consider applying for leave from the committee until July, if elected, to avoid any clash with her role as president of the Legislative Council.

Mrs Fan hoped the move would ease lawmakers' worries over her impartiality when discharging Legco duties.

4 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

'Solid' backing for pan-democrats' push for 2012 timetable, says pollster

The pan-democrats have dismissed suggestions that their position on universal suffrage is untenable after a survey found a majority of the public accepted Beijing's timetable of 2017 and 2020.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

October surplus marks turnaround

A windfall surplus of HK$23.8 billion in October turned the first seven months' accounts from deficit into surplus, the government said.

Revenue was HK$44.39 billion, far outstripping expenditure of HK$20.58 billion.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Welfare gripes on rise, poll finds

More people are dissatisfied with the government's efforts to improve welfare conditions, a Chinese University survey has found.

The percentage of people happy with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's performance has also dropped significantly over the past six months.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Anson Chan's political debut a baptism of fire

Anson Chan Fang On-sang had her baptism in electoral politics last night as she was challenged on her inadequacies during a fiery primary election debate.

The former chief secretary admitted that government policies during her tenure had shortcomings and that she had much to learn about the needs of the grass roots.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Reform paper? What reform paper?

About a quarter of the respondents in the SCMP/TNS survey admit they have no knowledge of the government's green paper on political reform. And only one in 10 definitely intend to submit views to the government.

The apathy echoed criticisms of the government for being half-hearted in consulting the community on how to achieve universal suffrage under the Basic Law.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Business fears rapid reform, says Tang

Business leaders have expressed anxiety over taking the 'wrong direction' if democratic reform is rushed, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said last night.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Hui shrugs off attendance issue

Claims that ministers have increasingly snubbed Legislative Council panel discussions have been rejected by the government, even though ministers' attendance rates were as low as 3 per cent in some cases.

Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan said ministers had to delegate in light of the nature of the business.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am