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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 8:22pm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

21 May 2013 - 9:20am

Legco president Jasper Tsang orders end to budget bill filibuster

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

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

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

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