Lam Woon-Kwong

Secretary's short-lived stint with press pack

The top media aide at the Chief Secretary's Office has become one of the most short-lived press secretaries in recent years, as Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor replaced Gilford Law Sun-on this week.

Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 4:19am 1 comment

Executive Council convenor complains of policy making ambush

Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: May Tse

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong has criticised government bureaus for not making details of policy proposals clear to executive councillors until a very late stage.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Exco members' poor exit strategy

Barry Cheung Chun-yuen. Photo: Edward Wong

My college professor used to say, "My best advice in life is this: quit while you're ahead". It's great advice for people in every walk of life. But some of our politicians seem to live by a different adage, that of rapper MC Hammer: too legit to quit. Take Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and Franklin Lam Fan-keung, both being investigated for wrongdoing. Cheung finally resigned from his position as an executive councillor a week ago while Lam is on indefinite leave from Exco.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 2 comments

Give York Chow a fair chance

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Felix Wong

Three years ago, when Lam Woon-kwong was appointed the head of the Equal Opportunities Commission, he was criticised for his close links to the government and his lack of some sort of human rights credentials. Now that he has concluded his tenure at one of the most controversial positions in local politics, it's fair to say that those criticisms were unfair, to say the least.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

EOC looks to combining equal rights laws

Lam Woon-kwong

The Equal Opportunities Commission will complete by this year the drafting of a consultation document to review the four anti-discrimination laws, so that a public consultation into the matter can be launched next year.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:44am 3 comments

Handle broadcaster with care, RTHK's Tang is told

Voice of Loving Hong Kong protesters say Roy Tang wasn't interfering - he was just giving constructive advice to staff. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong has weighed into the escalating row at RTHK, saying its broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong should exercise caution in his role as it is different from heading up other government departments.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:02am 2 comments

Equal opportunities watchdog may have lost its bite

Critics fear Dr York Chow will be more conservative.

The controversial appoint-ment of former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok to head an anti-discrimination watchdog has drawn much criticism, something the statutory body has seen plenty of in its 17-year history.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

EOC's new chief York Chow must prove he's a watchdog

The former health secretary, York Chow Yat-ngok, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Felix Wong

Filling the shoes left behind by a good predecessor is not easy. The challenge is even bigger when it is a sensitive job closely monitored by the public. Former health chief Dr York Chow Yat-ngok must have felt the heat in succeeding Lam Woon-kwong as head of the city's Equal Opportunities Commission. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Why are gender issues women's work, asks Lam Woon-Kwong

Lam Woon-kwong

Over the past three years, I have attended many events to promote gender equality. Yet far too often, as I looked around the room, I found myself asking: "Where are the other men?"

8 Mar 2013 - 3:43am 1 comment

York Chow's EOC appointment questioned

York Chow shied away from saying whether he backed legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Photo: Felix Wong

A former health secretary was yesterday named head of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Critics were quick to protest about Dr York Chow Yat-ngok's appointment, saying his long service in government made him an inappropriate choice for what should be an impartial role.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:25am 4 comments

Equal opportunities chief should start with battle cry, not a whimper

York Chow Yat-ngok, the new commissioner for Equal Opportunities Commission. Photo: Diskson Lee

As the closest thing to a human rights body in Hong Kong, the duty of the Equal Opportunities Commission is to take a forthright stance on what is right, rather than following the dictates of public opinion.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Former health chief York Chow to head EOC

Former health secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Dickson Lee

Former health secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok has been appointed the new chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Who said it?

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong

It is useless to criticise us for being slow … since it is our core value to be open to public opinion

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Lam Woon-kwong's controversial role as equal rights defender

Lam Woon-kwong's tenure as EOC chief ends next month.

Lam Woon-kwongs efforts as chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission earned praise from activists, but his return to government service as Executive Council convenor has dragged him into a row about potential conflicts of interest.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong's grand ambition: a call for grown-up policymaking

Lam Woon-kwong says the current administration can make significant progress in social problems, but it needs the co-operation of lawmakers who are willing to put aside obstructionist tactics. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Seven months on from his appointment as convenor of the Executive Council, Lam Woon-kwong remains confident Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying can pave the way for a more prosperous Hong Kong. But it's the politicians, rather than Leung, who must make changes, Lam says - they need to be rational in their criticism and the civil service handed a clear, feasible agenda.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:42am 1 comment