Maria Tam

Who said it?

Bassem Youssef

Anyone can form a group in the name of religion, assassinate in the name of religion, and then oops! Repent and fast for three months.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 3:00am

Basic Law expert accused of twisting facts on voting rights

Veteran lawyer Maria Tam

Pan-democrats and legal experts have called into question the credibility of a Basic Law heavyweight after she allegedly "twisted facts" regarding people's political rights guaranteed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 5 comments

Beijing-loyalist Maria Tam says the right to be elected is not universal

Maria Tam (centre) on City Forum yesterday. She says Beijing may need to make the final decision on universal suffrage. Photo: SCMP

Speaking on a television talk show, the head of the Hong Kong delegation to the National People's Congress dismissed a UN Human Rights Committee's report on Hong Kong. The report expressed concern at the "lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage" and possible limits on who can stand for election.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:02am 21 comments

Veteran Maria Tam rules out Basic Law Committee role for Stephen Lam

Maria Tam Wai-chu. Photo: May Tse

Former constitutional minister Stephen Lam Sui-lung will not replace Elsie Leung Oi-sie as deputy director of the Basic Law Committee as had been rumoured, veteran committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu said.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

Beijing loyalists seek re-election as NPC deputies

Candidates Maria Tam (left) and Fanny Law. Photo: May Tse

At least two Beijing-loyalist heavyweights are seeking new terms as deputies to the National People's Congress.

Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Maria Tam Wai-chu both signed up in the morning yesterday, the first day of the 11-day nomination period which ends on December 4. Neither would say how many nominations they obtained.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:35am

NPC deputy fuels debate

A National People's Congress deputy says it is not necessary to include mainland activist Li Wangyang's death and the Tiananmen Square crackdown in the national education curriculum, as the outcry against the proposal intensified.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

NPC asked for second look at Law's baby rule

Thirty of the 36 local deputies to the National People's Congress signed a petition urging an interpretation of the Basic Law to address the swelling number of mainlanders giving birth in Hong Kong.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Give clear answer on 2017, Beijing is urged

Beijing was urged yesterday by Basic Law Committee member and local deputy to the National People's Congress Maria Tam Wai-chu to give a clear answer on whether it would allow universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Stay out of mainland affairs, officials told

Public officers should avoid commenting on mainland affairs under the 'one country, two systems' principle, according to a local deputy to the National People's Congress.

Maria Tam Wai-chu made the remarks after Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had come under fire for likening democracy 'in full swing' to the Cultural Revolution.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Younger HK experts needed on Basic Law

The Basic Law Committee urgently needs to recruit younger Hong Kong experts on the mini-constitution and study the legislative intent of the Basic Law provisions, a veteran panel member says.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

'Internal conflicts'

Deputy to the National People's Congress Maria Tam Wai-chu has criticised the Hong Kong government and says 'internal struggles' are harming the city. What do you think of her remarks? Share your views: write to us

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

NPC deputy Maria Tam admits she has cancer

NPC deputy Maria Tam Wai-chu yesterday confirmed she was suffering from ovarian cancer.

Ms Tam, 58, the vice-convenor of the Hong Kong delegation to the National People's Congress, thanked people for their concerns about her health.

She said she had an ovary removed at the first stage of the cancer.

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Members reappointed to Basic Law Committee

Talks were held in Beijing yesterday to discuss the future work of the Basic Law Committee after the reappointment of members.

The 12-member committee decided to meet whenever it was necessary to deal with issues relating to four provisions of the Basic Law.

28 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Differing views on Chief Executive and election process

A lot of people have been critical of Tung Chee-hwa's decision to seek a second term as Chief Executive.

They have blamed him for our economic woes and other so-called political blunders.

19 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Media warning defended by NPC deputy

A warning to the media over reporting views on Taiwan independence was not consistent with the Basic Law, a pro-Beijing politician said yesterday.

But Maria Tam Wai-chu, a member of the influential Basic Law Committee, was quick to defend the warning by Wang Fengchao, deputy director of the central Government's Liaison Office, formerly Xinhua.

17 Apr 2000 - 12:00am