Frugality not a word in civil service lexicon

Mooncakes come at a cost

Yes, there is an iceberg, as some legislators suspect. The tip we are now seeing exposes the nauseating extravagance of former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming at taxpayers' expense. The iceberg runs deep. But what lies underneath doesn't solely represent Tong's misdeeds. It represents the entrenched culture of extravagance that contaminates our entire civil service.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am 1 comment

Mooncake ad spending slips

Low sugar mooncakes from Kee Wah Bakery. Advertising spending for the traditional treat was lower this year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Advertising spending on mooncakes, the time-honoured Mid-Autumn Festival delicacy, have slipped this year after reaching a record a year ago.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:47am

Letters to the Editor, October 10, 2012

A Brazilian’s view of officials in a vote-buying trial. Photo: AFP

Government corruption not only Chinese

As a Chinese person, I find Jason Wordie’s article (“Hong Kong’s greedy officials are only playing to type”, October 4) deeply offensive.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, October 7, 2012

Bo Xilai. Photo: EPA

Transport officials need to look harder

As tragic and sad as the recent ferry accident near Lamma is, it is not shocking. Over the years that I have been a resident of Hong Kong, I have noticed that local drivers (private, taxi and public transport) as well as ferry captains are very lax, even careless, about passenger safety.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am

Does new position turn the poacher into a gamekeeper?

Mike Kilburn

A few eyebrows have been raised at Mike Kilburn's decision to change jobs. It's not so much because he is leaving the think tank Civic Exchange, where he was head of environmental strategy for four years, but because he has joined the Airport Authority. There have been murmurings about this being a case of "poacher turned gamekeeper".

27 Sep 2012 - 3:25am