National Security

Head of Fanling school outraged over drugs reports

The principal of a Fanling school that allowed a policewoman to work undercover as part of a drug bust has expressed anger over Chinese media reports that named the school, saying its reputation had suffered as a result.

Friday, 27 November, 2009, 12:00am

Wind blamed after another object falls at housing estate

A 2 1/2 -metre laundry pole was probably blown down by strong winds at a public housing estate in Shek Kip Mei yesterday, police said. It nearly hit a woman walking below.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Players need restraint in naval spying game

China vows there are peaceful intentions behind its rapid military modernisation. The nation certainly has legitimate reasons for developing a blue-water navy to protect maritime trade and its vital national interests. But this flags a shift in the military balance that is clearly of concern to countries in the region and beyond.

2 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Police owe me for roadblock bill, cabbie says

A man whose new taxi was damaged when he was forced to put it in the Kwun Tong 'human roadblock' three months ago has had to pay the HK$110,000 repair bill himself despite police promises of help.

Owner-driver Wong Wing-cho had paid the bill with his credit card because he had to get back to work. But with the statement due next month he had no money to pay it.

22 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Ex-CCTV anchorman detained for fraud

Former China Central Television anchor Fang Hongjin was detained last week for alleged fraud involving millions of yuan, in a case widely reported by mainland media over the weekend.

Xinhua said Fang borrowed about 1 million yuan (HK$1.13 million) from an instant noodles company in Longyao county in Hebei province, but did not repay the loan after an agreed date.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

New HQ spurs more rude jokes

First China Central Television's new headquarters became the butt of online jokes because of its avant-garde 'trouser leg' design. Now the new People's Daily complex in downtown Beijing is the subject of derision - because of its resemblance to a urinal bottle.

13 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Mong Kok 'sky eye' cameras could be improved, police say

The 'sky eye' surveillance cameras overlooking the Mong Kok pedestrian precinct could do with better quality footage and coverage to aid in the detection of acid attacks, a senior police officer says.

Nevertheless, the system had achieved a deterrent effect, said Senior Superintendent Edward Leung Ka-ming, head of Kowloon West regional crime unit.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping a watchful eye for intruders

Many office users see the dozing watchman as the public profile of building security in Hong Kong. But now advances in building technology are waking people up to the strides being made in security systems.

25 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Police reconstruct roadblock amid concern at policy on illegal racing

Police yesterday cordoned off a section of Kwun Tong Bypass for about two hours to reconstruct a July crash that left six people injured after police set up a 'human roadblock' using three taxis, a truck and a privately owned car to stop illegal racing cars.

The reconstruction comes as concern grows within the force over a new approach adopted since the incident.

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

50pc rise in police gripes raise concerns

A 50 per cent jump in the number of complaints against police and a 73 per cent rise in misconduct gripes in the first seven months of this year has raised concerns.

Eric Cheung Tat-ming, a member of the Independent Police Complaints Council, is so worried about the alarming rise that he raised the numbers in yesterday's meeting.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

CCTV architect rejects 'sexual' design claims

The architect of China Central Television's futuristic new headquarters has gone into damage-control mode after an online uproar over graphics in a book published five years ago that were interpreted as comparing the avant-garde complex to male and female genitalia.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Police boss investigated after officers sign petition

A police department head in the Xian Public Security Bureau is under investigation for corruption after his former subordinates signed a petition and reported him to local media.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Spy camera monitors family, woman says

A Shandong petitioner discovered that her family was being monitored by closed-circuit television after she went to Beijing to seek redress for a problem in June, state media reported.

Local officials denied any knowledge of the monitoring.

20 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Spying taken to a lower level in shopping malls

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has a deserved reputation for grass-roots work in its strongholds, helping supporters with their problems and advancing their causes. It is a pastoral side of politics that goes largely unnoticed. That was the case recently when party volunteers gathered around escalators in shopping malls to do some research.

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Action promised on detained reporters

Acting Chief Executive Henry Tang Ying-yen said the government would follow up an incident in which two Hong Kong journalists were detained in Sichuan .

The chief secretary was responding to a question about whether the government would take any action.

14 Aug 2009 - 12:00am