HSBC apologises for UnionPay ATM-card fiasco in Hong Kong

HSBC ATMs in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Ever since HSBC started sending out its new ATM cards with an embedded chip, internet chat rooms and our own organ's letters page have been humming with disgruntled HSBC customer complaints.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 11:57am 7 comments

Plans to expand landfills meet protests

Tseung Kwan O residents voice their opposition to the government's plans to expand landfills. Photo: May Tse

Environmentalists and Tseung Kwan O residents descended upon the Legislative Council building yesterday to voice their opposition to the government's plans to expand landfills.

10 Jul 2013 - 8:44am

Time for Hong Kong to stop talking rubbish

Hong Kong''s landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: AFP

Yet another plan to solve Hong Kong's serious refuse problem has been unveiled. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing conveyed the right level of urgency in launching the government's blueprint last week, calling the matter "grave".

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 3 comments

Legislators, residents protest against landfill expansion plan

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against the plan to extend a landfill site in the district on Saturday. Photo: May Tse

Legislators and residents on Monday raised objections to a landfill expansion plan in Tseung Kwan O and some urged the government to withdraw the proposal.

10 Jul 2013 - 8:45am

Hong Kong issues dire warning on landfills amid protests by residents

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against expanding the landfill.

Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong would be "surrounded by rubbish" if a HK$8.9 billion landfill expansion, planned since 2003, did not go ahead.

26 May 2013 - 3:55pm 2 comments

'Super prison' rising out of the sea is back on agenda for Hong Kong planners

A debate over moving prisons and landfills to artificial islands has erupted - with an engineering expert saying prime sites such as Stanley jail could be put to better use, and opponents saying they are ready to fight … again.

4 Apr 2013 - 8:38am

Hong Kong to spend HK$31b to solve waste crisis

Trucks at the South East New Territories Landfill at Tseung Kwan O - now further landfill expansion is being planned. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong will spend at least HK$31 billion on waste-handling infrastructure in the next seven years, it was revealed yesterday.

22 Jan 2013 - 8:40am 4 comments

Environment chief calls for talks on Lantau incinerator

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing. Photo: Nora Tam

The environment minister called for a discussion on building an incinerator as a part of Hong Kong’s waste strategy, calling it irresponsible if talks don't take place.

Wong Kam-sing said that waste reduction at source remained a top priority for the government and that he would present his blueprint on waste reduction and treatment soon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A real strategy to save Hong Kong's endangered natural assets

Members of green group 'Save Lung Mei' protest against the government's proposal to build an artificial beach at Lung Mei. Photo: Dickson Lee

The proposed beach at Lung Mei, incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau, expansion of the Tseung Kwan O landfill into Clear Water Bay Country Park and a potential third runway at the airport have all provoked strong reactions from environmental groups and sectors of the public concerned about their impact on wildlife and the environment.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:06am


Most dog owners are responsible

I refer to the letter from Justin O'Brien ('It makes sense in high-density HK for housing estates to impose dog ban', July 8), replying to my letter ('Dog-free estates are wrong', July 1).

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


No one wants to have incinerators

Incineration to get rid of solid rubbish cannot promote sustainable development in Hong Kong. Sustainable development means having economic growth to meet the needs of people while also having a good environment, not just now, but also in the future.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Ageism still exists in HK workplace

I refer to the report ('Population ageing faster, panel says', May 31) and how it will likely affect Hong Kong's productivity.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Food banks can save us from hunger

Charity starts at home and Hong Kong has a solid reputation as a charitable city. When it comes to food waste, though, there is a huge disconnect. Thousands of people go hungry or do not get enough to eat each day, yet tonnes of edible produce gets thrown away by supermarkets. If we are truly as caring as we believe, it should instead be making its way to our food banks.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Can Leung get the job done and lead us to greener ways?

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has led the government for seven years and the public will probably remember his famous election slogan of 'I'll get the job done.' But has he fulfilled that promise?

Undoubtedly, there have been a number of controversial issues and projects over the past few years, stirring up heated debate and strong opposition in society.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

A chance to get rid of waste with virtually no emissions

24 May 2012 - 12:00am