Lau Kong-Wah

Patriotism need not be laid out in law: Elsie Leung

Elsie Leung Oi-sie

The city's chief executive must be a person who loves the country and Hong Kong to ensure good governance, but it is not necessary to set out this criterion in law, a Beijing-loyalist heavyweight says.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 4:05am 2 comments

City Digest, January 5, 2013

Sha Tin District Council will hold a by-election to replace former district councillor Lau Kong-wah, who was appointed undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs last month. Lau, a Beijing-friendly heavyweight and the most prominent loser in the Legislative Council election last September, won his seat in Tin Sum constituency in 2011. The government has yet to announce the date of the upcoming by-election.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

Lau Kong-wah, constitutional affairs undersecretary, mum on Article 23

Former legislator Lau Kong-wah who lost his seat in the Legislative Council election, meets reporters at Central Government Offices in Tamar on his first day as Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. Photo: Felix Wong

The newly appointed undersecretary for constitutional affairs had little to say about enacting national security legislation on his first day of office yesterday.

Lau Kong-wah, a long-serving Beijing-loyalist lawmaker who was defeated in September's Legislative Council election, would only say he would communicate with all politicians in his new role.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

Controversy as Lau Kong-wah makes C.Y.'s cabinet

Lau Kong-wah. Photo: Dickson Lee

Lau Kong-wah, a Beijing-friendly heavyweight and the most prominent loser in the Legislative Council election in September, was appointed as undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs yesterday to oversee the upcoming political reform.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment

Legco candidate spent HK$5 million on election - and lost

Lau Kong-wah lost despite spending HK$4.9 million

Spending a lot of money will not always guarantee victory in Legislative Council election.

During the election in September, one candidate spent as little as HK$35,000 and won a seat, while another spent almost HK$5 million and won nothing, figures released yesterday show.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

Shed that 'Leung built'

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying might have built one of the six illegal structures at his house on The Peak after he bought it in 2000.

Ming Pao Daily has studied bird's-eye-view government photographs of the area taken over the years. It found a wooden garden shed did not exist in November 1999 - one month before Leung made the purchase.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Forum's shouters should shut it

City Forum was never meant to be a place for shouting matches. But nowadays, the Sunday meeting in Victoria Park rarely ends peacefully.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Activist is back in the thick of it

Edward Yum Liang-hsien made his political comeback at the City Forum, two days after being cleared of rape and indecent assault accusations.

Sitting in the front row of the audience, Yum was back in his element.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Security chief mulls acid drills for traders

An emergency drill for traders in high-risk pedestrian areas is being considered to increase the chance of catching the perpetrator of recent acid attacks, the security chief said yesterday.

14 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Steel bars jutting out of building

Hundreds of steel bars protruding from the walls of a public housing building in Sha Tin are thought to be the work of two repair workers trying to swindle construction fees from residents.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Traffic police told to remove 'stiflingly hot' motorcycle uniforms

Traffic officers have been told to take their jackets off when not riding their motorcycles and to drink more water after complaints that new jackets - introduced two months ago to provide better protection - are stiflingly hot. The police force was also looking for more suitable jacket material, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said yesterday.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

New checks on mothers 'waste of resources'

Border checks on mainland mothers-to-be are not cost-effective, a legislator claims.

Lau Kong-wah said 20 immigration officers were being deployed each day at Lok Ma Chau on the checks, but only 20 to 30 mothers-to-be were seeking to use the border crossing.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Police, ISPs in deal to hit bookies

Detectives will be given more information to fight illegal gambling during World Cup, says watchdog

Police have arranged to get information from internet service providers (ISPs) as part of their crackdown on illegal online soccer gambling during next month's World Cup, the lotteries watchdog said.

24 May 2006 - 12:00am

Troubled KCR hit by three faults in one day

A day after new chief is on job people on East Rail delayed up to 15 minutes

The KCR was hit by three service delays yesterday, a day after new chief executive James Blake took over in an effort to get the troubled railway's operations back on track.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Fireworks backed

The Airport Consultative Committee has backed the plan for a fireworks display to celebrate the opening of the Lantau Link next month.

But members criticised the Government for the lack of effective crowd control measures.

19 Mar 1997 - 12:00am