Murray Maclehose

Six degrees

Today, as you may possibly have heard, is the 15th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule (below).

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Closer monitoring of road could help curb illegal feeding of wild monkeys

Section 6 of the MacLehose Trail runs through Kam Shan and Shing Mun country parks. It is known for its beautiful scenery and large population of wild monkeys.

Following problems when people were injured by aggressive monkeys, a report was issued that found such problems were related to the animals being fed.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Walkers raise cash for war on poverty

T he highly demanding Oxfam Trailwalker will be held from November 19 to 21. The 100-kilometre trail begins at Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung and finishes at the Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Yuen Long. It aims to raise HK$26 million to fight poverty.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Building collapse sends signal for concerted government action

The collapse last month of the building in Ma Tau Wai Road, To Kwa Wan, with all its consequences, was sad but not surprising.

26 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

'Asia's finest' a force still worthy of our respect

The Hong Kong Police Force, known as Asia's finest, is arguably one of the best in the world. It is highly regarded by the community, and has maintained a generally amicable relationship with the public since the handover. But, this rapport seems to be changing in recent years, especially after the emergence of the so-called post-80s generation protests.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Deng kept his HK options open in 1979

Deng Xiaoping left open in 1979 the options of taking back Hong Kong in 1997 or allowing the status quo to continue after the expiry of the New Territories lease, according to Britain's declassified record of a meeting between Deng, then China's paramount leader, and Hong Kong governor Murray MacLehose 31 years ago.

2 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Tourism authority lays on free trail tours

Guided tours of the MacLehose Trail will be available free every Saturday this month, as part of the Tourism Board's 'great outdoors Hong Kong' campaign. Tourists can join hikes at the board's visitor centres, but residents will have to sign up through travel agent Explore More, contactable on 3575 9239. The tours are expected to attract groups from South Korea and Taiwan.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Country park marked for landfill

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

80pc of walkers beat deadline

The Oxfam Trailwalker 2008 ended yesterday with the last team crossing the finish line at Tuen Mun at 1.50pm.

The Hawk team's members took 47 hours and 50 minutes to complete the 100km journey as they joined thousands of others in a bid to raise HK$27 million for charity.

10 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing deal needed to stop HK 'fading', MacLehose warned

A decade before the Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, former governor Murray MacLehose acknowledged the timetable for Hong Kong's future by saying that a deal must be reached with Beijing by 1985 or Hong Kong would 'start to fade'.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Firemen beat Gurkhas on trail

The reigning champions of the Oxfam Trailwalker, the Securicor Gurkhas, were ignominiously knocked off their pedestal by a team of firefighters last night.

Fire Services Beyond Limits crossed the finishing line in Tuen Mun at 9.24pm, completing the gruelling 100km charity event in 12 hours and 20 minutes.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'[Murray MacLehose] had been working extremely long hours with little sleep and had had the misfortune to leave this paper in the Bank of Scotland.'

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Kevin Sinclair's Hong Kong

A veteran SCMP reporter, Kevin examines the good, bad and ugly sides of life in the city. E-mail him at

We let them all off, it just had to be

We were faced with a full blown police mutiny

I put all my faith in the ICAC

But we still had to give them their

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

'A heavyset mainlander peers through the trees. He calmly whistles, obviously a sign to others at the camp behind him ...'

It is lunchtime, about half an hour into a walk in Ma On Shan Country Park when Constable Leung Chi-fai, of the rural patrol unit, turns and signals for us to stop and keep quiet.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

MacLehose thought of SAR idea 11 years before Deng's plan

More than a decade before Deng Xiaoping put forward the 'one country, two systems' formula, former governor Murray MacLehose had conceived the idea of a 'special administrative region' for Hong Kong when Britain surrendered the city's sovereignty to Beijing.

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am