Lai Tung-kwok

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, sparked outrage from women's groups over comments he made on May 14, 2012, when announcing a sharp rise in the number of rapes in the first quarter of that year. "Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much,' he said as he reported the government's Fight Crime Committee statistics.

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok stops short of apology for rape remark

Lai Tung-kwok

The security chief admitted yesterday that he felt "uneasy" after reading e-mails responding to his suggestion that women should drink less to avoid being raped, but he appeared to be standing by the comment.

Thursday, 7 May, 2015, 5:14pm 15 comments

Lawmaker questions police spending

Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: David Wong

A lawmaker has pledged to keep chasing details of how much police spend on entertaining mainland officials after the security chief gave figures showing a 30 per cent increase in entertainment expenses in the past five years, but with no breakdown.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok denies blaming rape victims

"I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much," Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said on Tuesday. Photo: Edward Wong

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said on Thursday he had no intention of putting the blame on rape victims when he earlier suggested women should drink less to avoid being assaulted.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 84 comments

Tick tock! Mainland tourist time bomb is set to blast

Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: Edward Wong

Public Eye is not gloating … but we told you so. We warned the glut of mainland tourists to our tiny city was a ticking time bomb. But policymakers turned a deaf ear, until the Lunar New Year, when shameful images of mainlanders being forced by crooked travel agencies to sleep in seedy guesthouses, and even in a tourist bus, drew global attention.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 5 comments

Cap on tourists would be unprecedented, says security chief

Lai Tung-kwok

Setting a cap on the number of mainland tourists allowed into Hong Kong would be a tough call, the security chief says. "Of all the tourist cities in the world, I've never heard of any setting a cap on visitors," Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday. "Also, setting a clear-cut limit would not be an easy task."

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 3 comments

Customs officers' union makes demands ahead of new measures

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: Edward Wong

A customs officer union has called for more manpower and space at checkpoints after the government pledged to step up inspections of people bringing milk formula over the border.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Security chief faces heat over cross-border parallel traders

Parallel traders wait outside the Sheung Shui MTR station. Photo: Sam Tsang

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok repeatedly dodged critical remarks in a Legco meeting as lawmakers expressed worries that the illegal traders are fuelling Hongkongers’ hatred of mainlanders.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Article 23 law when time's right, security chief says

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok reviews the police passing-out parade yesterday. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Passing the national security legislation required under Article 23 of the Basic Law was a "constitutional responsibility", Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday.

But Lai said it should begin only at the appropriate time, and the social and political conditions would be considered before a decision was made.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Article 23 legislation not top priority, Lai Tung-kwok says

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok

The city's security chief has given Hongkongers an assurance that a controversial national security law - back in the spotlight after a top mainland official said "necessary measures" were needed to stop foreign interference - was not a top priority for Hong Kong's government.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Hong Kong immigration service loses computers with information of 3,000 travellers

The Immigration Department has lost three notebook computers containing the personal data of 3,000 travellers. No Hongkongers are among the affected.

Officials suspected the computers, used in immigration control at Chek Lap Kok airport, had been stolen. The loss was reported on Wednesday, a department spokesman said.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

More cross-border pupils test logistics

Hong Kong authorities expect the number of cross-border students to rise more than 40 per cent in September and are discussing transport arrangements with their mainland counterparts.

Undersecretary for security Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday 12,000 children from kindergarten to secondary school age now crossed the border every day, but this number would surge to 17,000.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Immigration chief to take early retirement

The decision by the Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, to retire in April has raised concerns about the appointment of a successor.

Although Mr Lai was due to retire in November this year when he turned 57, a government source said Mr Lai wanted to take pre-retirement leave and quit in April.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Officers acted properly in missing girl case, immigration chief says

The immigration chief has defended the department's frontline officers after a 10-year-old girl disappeared after crossing the border at Lo Wu alone last week.

Speaking publicly about the case for the first time, Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok said it was impractical to question every child at border checkpoints.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Bells may toll for marriage registries

Some of the city's marriage registries may eventually close as prospective brides and grooms take advantage of the relaxed marriage laws, said director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok yesterday.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Deregulating the marriage business

Is nothing sacred? That rhetorical question is cliched, and every cliche needs a good excuse. In this case one has been provided by the Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, in his capacity as Hong Kong's Registrar of Marriages.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm