Michael Chugani

Are illegal structures more important than Leung’s leadership skills?

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Richard Nixon lied about the Watergate cover-up. Bill Clinton lied about his sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. And Leung Chung-ying's alleged lie? Minor unauthorised structures at his Peak home.

Monday, 17 December, 2012, 3:49am 10 comments

Come clean

Today is judgment day for Leung Chun-ying. It could make or break him. Today he faces a hostile grilling by legislators about the explosive scandals that are rocking his administration.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Elite class urges unity in HK - from behind barricades

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Follow the paper trail in 'basementgate'

What did he know and when did he know it? This question was hurled at US president Richard Nixon when he tried to cover up the Watergate scandal.

The decades-old question has found new life in Hong Kong. Henry Tang Ying-yen was bombarded with it when his 'basementgate' scandal broke. The scandal sank his run for chief executive.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Alien thinking

There is a new dirty word in Hong Kong - populist. That's what some are fearfully labelling chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying. If Leung is indeed a populist, he's not saying. But his words and body language do lend some credence to the label. Why it stokes such unease among some goes to the heart of what we are, or, more precisely, what we think we are.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Out of date

I am in agony. So are the thousands of others who live or work in the vicinity of the old Victoria Prison/Central Police Station complex. What was once a serene oasis of historic low-rise buildings where birds nestled on tiled roofs is now an ugly construction site.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tightrope to walk after an election about perceptions

It was his election to lose and he lost it. Henry Tang Ying-yen didn't lose because he lacked chief executive material. We'll never know now what kind of a leader he would have made. Tang lost because the people just wouldn't forgive him for the scandals that hounded him. And they saw him as too close to the tycoons.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Eating away

Like tens of thousands of others, I too watched the astonishing video of local MTR passengers trading taunts with mainland visitors after a Hongkonger berated a mainland girl for eating noodles. I've seen passengers eat buns, sandwiches and pastries but never noodles. My first thought was: where did she get them from?

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Here's to the barnyard

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hitting back

Can you discriminate against your own kind? Apparently you can. We're seeing exactly that right now. Chinese against Chinese. Well, Hongkongers against mainlanders, to be more precise. It's not yet widespread, nor is it ugly. But it could come to that if left unchecked. The trouble is that no one is trying hard to check it. Maybe our leaders don't see it as a problem.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Don't mess with us, D&G

Did fashion house Dolce & Gabbana really think it could mess with Hong Kong and get away with it? If it did, it must have rocks for brains. Or maybe the Italian owners had had too much Chianti to think straight.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

In the dark

You are missing the point if you think the outrage over steep electricity price hikes is simply a backlash against excessive greed by already profit-bloated CLP Power and Hongkong Electric. We've been seeing plenty of public outrage lately, but this uproar is not about specifics. It reflects disgust against overall corporate greed.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wise heads

It used to be said that Hongkongers were too politically immature to handle democracy. The British said it to delay democracy in colonial Hong Kong. The Chinese said it to derail democracy in post-handover Hong Kong. And the rich class said it throughout to preserve power in their hands. No one is saying it now, except for a few diehards. They dare not.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Saving lives with hindsight

Here we go again: tough-talking government officials making yet more promises to safeguard public safety - after more lives are lost. That's how our officials work - first you die, then they'll promise to save you. They excel in hindsight. They've got eyes only in the back of their heads.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

United in fear

At last, something that binds us. Ask anyone - pro-China, pro-democracy, pro-business, pro-whatever - whether foreign domestic helpers should become citizens and you'll get an angry 'no'. I can't remember another issue that has so united the people, except maybe the Manila hostage crisis. That too involved Filipinos. A twist of fate, or does God indeed work in mysterious ways?

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am