Hong Kong lawmakers need Shanghai trip to face up to social issues

Shanghai is definitely not what it used to be in the eyes of its people.

Most of the time, Shanghai just means business, but the city has also played some significant political roles in contemporary Chinese history. The Sino-US Shanghai Communiqué was signed there in 1972, marking a new chapter in ties for the two big nations.

Monday, 31 March, 2014, 8:13am 1 comment

It's high time to end Hong Kong's era of bogged-down government

Lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip throws a paper plane at the then chief executive Donald Tsang in 2011. Legco members owe the chief executive no loyalty. Photo: Felix Wong

It's clear that political impasse is harming the effectiveness of Hong Kong's governance. It is easy to blame the three chief executives that have run the city since 1997 for their lack of a popular mandate or lack of competence, or both, but it oversimplifies the issue.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:14am 1 comment

Snowden may be called to Legco over hacking claims, says Hong Kong lawmaker

Hong Kong's Legislative Council may want to verify Edward Snowden's claims, Democrat James To said. Photo: Nora Tam

A lawmaker familiar with security issues said he was considering inviting US whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Legislative Council to give evidence on alleged US hacking activities on Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Legco rejects bid for no-confidence vote in president

Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man speaking in the Legislative Council on Friday. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Legislators on Friday voted down maverick democrat lawmaker Wong Yuk-man’s bid to debate a vote of no-confidence in Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

Wong’s proposal to start a discussion on raising a vote of no-confidence was defeated in the Legco house committee.

31 May 2013 - 8:21pm

Forget the rain; Legco tackles lack of water

Forget the rain; Legco tackles lack of water

After a deluge that caused the second-longest black rainstorm warning on record, it was water shortages that were concerning legislators yesterday.

The bad news is harvesting Hong Kong's rainwater does not seem like an option, according to Paul Chan Mo-po, secretary for development.

23 May 2013 - 8:38am

Filibuster in Hong Kong's legislative assembly divides lawmakers, public

Radical legislators (from left) Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan and Leung Kwok-hung are defiant over using a filibuster in the budget debate in the Legislative Council. Photo: Sam Tsang

The use of delaying tactics by radical lawmakers in Legco in an attempt to block a budget bill has divided both politicians and the public.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

Legco president Jasper Tsang orders end to budget bill filibuster

Legco pressident Jasper Tsang Yok-sing speaks at the council in Tamar last month. Photo: Edward Wong

The president of the Legislative Council on Monday ordered to end a filibuster on the budget bill by Tuesday.

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing ordered that the remaining 131 debates would be merged and ended by Tuesday at 1pm. This would be immediately followed by a vote on each of the amendments.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Legco approves HK$100m Sichuan quake donation

Legco approved a HK$100 million donation to the Sichuan government for quake relief works and voted down amendments to restrict it from being used as salaries, meal expenses and entertainment fees. Photo: Sam Tsang

The legislature approved a controversial HK$100 million government donation to official Sichuan earthquake relief efforts yesterday, despite earlier worries over a possible filibuster.

4 May 2013 - 11:05am 9 comments

Legco head calls meeting on budget filibustering

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at the debate. Photo: Edward Wong

Filibustering over the budget bill could soon come to an end after Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing holds a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on Friday.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

With filibuster, lawmakers play politics at others' expense

A damaged building two days after Sichuan earthquake. Photo: AFP

Radical lawmakers should stop their overdose of filibuster tactics, given that the harm they've done has already had a big impact on the government and people's livelihood.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:31am 1 comment

Lift pranks, filibusters all in a day's work at Legco

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong stages an anti-filibuster protest outside Legco. Photo: David Wong

Two suspected pranks in the lifts of the legislature building yesterday almost added to a delay in budget debates, which are just starting to be dragged out by radical lawmakers' filibustering.

26 Apr 2013 - 6:09am

Charity groups' efficiency analysis in the spotlight as HK$100m donation proposal stalled

Lawmakers observe a moment of silence for the Sichuan quake victims. Photo: David Wong

Plans by the government to make a HK$100 million donation to the Sichuan earthquake relief effort were on hold yesterday after a legislators' meeting on the proposal ended without a vote.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

University gains Legco support over land use

Baptist University Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Chan (middle), at yesterday's student union rally outside the Legislative Council.

The government's bid to rezone a prime education site for housing encountered another hurdle yesterday when a Legislative Council panel objected to the plan. Legco's education panel has urged the government to withdraw its plan to convert the 1.52-hectare site into luxury flats, and instead to keep the site for education.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:24am 1 comment

47: the magic number of yes votes to pass constitutional reform

A young activist demands Leung Chun-ying to step down and asks for universal suffrage. Photo: SCMP

Forty seven. Let me repeat this number again: 47. That is the minimum number of yes votes required in the Legislative Council to pass any constitutional reform plan that will give Hong Kong universal suffrage.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:15am 3 comments

Pan-democrats fail to win backing in Legco for inquiry into CY Leung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The pro-government camp has defeated a fresh attempt by the pan-democrats to launch an inquiry into unauthorised structures at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's home and his election campaign last year.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:39am