Leadership matters in the fight for democracy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting of Occupy Central likes to cite Martin Luther King. So it's worth remembering that for King to have succeeded, he needed Lyndon Johnson. This is the second half of the history lesson that is often forgotten. Mandela had De Klerk.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 5:34am 17 comments

Pan-democrats lost credibility by staying silent during filibuster

Pan-democrat lawmakers speak to media in Tamar after Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing announced the end of the filibuster tactics by lawmakers Wong Yuk-man, Leung Kwok-hung and Chan Wai-yip and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen. Photo: Sam Tsang

When the radicals made their debut in the Legislative Council during Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's era, they made the then chief executive flinch. Over the years, their pranks have become more sophisticated; their launch pads for bananas now accommodate filibusters.

27 May 2013 - 5:00am

Legco chief rejects pan-dems' two-thirds vote plan to end budget filibuster

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Legislative Council president has sparked new controversy after he rejected pan-democrats' suggestion that any bid to end a filibuster should require two-thirds of lawmakers' votes.

20 May 2013 - 10:26am 1 comment

Ending budget filibuster was Legco's darkest day

Jasper Tsang (left) receives a pat on the shoulder from "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung after announcing his filibuster decision. Photo: Sam Tsang

On Tuesday, the president of the Legislative Council, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, finally ended 60 hours of filibustering on the budget bill with some tricky manoeuvring and the support of semi-reluctant mainstream democratic lawmakers.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am 9 comments

The gutsy and gutless among pan-dems

Lawmakers Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Chan Wai-yip and members of People Power and League of Social Democrats protest outside Legislative Council. Photo: Dickson Lee

Whatever you think about the four filibustering lawmakers, at least they took a principled stance. Not so their 20-plus pan-democratic colleagues in the legislature. They didn't want to alienate many of their core supporters for whom any antics that cause trouble or embarrassment for the government are welcome.

16 May 2013 - 2:47am 7 comments

Pan-dems get a taste of their own medicine over costly poverty trip

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

When you spend too much time fighting an enemy, you become like him. That may be why a group of lawmakers led by prominent pan-democrats have decided to spend up to HK$560,000 of taxpayers' money to study poverty relief in Finland and Sweden, just about the most expensive countries you can visit.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 19 comments

Ineffective pan-democratic movement has to grow up for sake of the people

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting vows to rally support from people from different professions and strata for the movement in a New School for Democracy forum in Mong Kok. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

If you are involved in a people’s movement, you must first believe in the people. The Alliance for True Democracy, a coalition of the pan-democrats to fight for true universal suffrage, held a forum on political reform on Sunday.

10 May 2013 - 4:51am 4 comments

'One man, one vote' urged for 2017 chief executive panel

Government House in Central welcomes the public on Open Day in March. Pan-democrats say the 2017 chief executive election should be elected by all 3.2 million registered voters in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

The Alliance for True Democracy also proposes that a candidate with the support of at least an eighth of nominating committee members, or with nominations from a certain proportion of the city's voters, should be able to stand for the top job.

9 May 2013 - 7:43am 6 comments

Party papers remark on Hong Kong quake donation furore

Wong Yuk-man's words at the Legco's Finance Committee meeting had attracted more than two million views on Chinese video portal Photo: Felix Wong

Two Communist Party mouthpieces yesterday reported the controversy in Hong Kong over the HK$100 million donation to earthquake victims in Sichuan - pointing the finger at the Red Cross Society of China.

7 May 2013 - 6:12am 4 comments

Pan-democrats to roll out 2017 suffrage plan six months early

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek. Photo: May Tse

The plan is expected to touch on the size and composition of the future nominating committee for chief executive candidates, and the interpretation of the "democratic procedures" prescribed in the Basic Law.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 4 comments

Hong Kong full of 'political rogues', says activist Chan Ching-sum

Hong Kong full of 'political rogues', says activist Chan Ching-sum

Chan Ching-sum is renowned for her glowering facial expressions whenever she and her comrades bombard the pan-democrats they describe as "Hong Kong-harming". But off the stage, the novice political activist is surprisingly cheerful.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:27pm 9 comments

Pan-democrats push for broader election panel

Joseph Cheng does not want to see limits. Photo: May Tse

The pan-democrats could accept a screening mechanism for the 2017 chief executive poll only if the representation on the future nominating committee was broad enough to include all voters in Hong Kong, the convenor of a coalition said.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:44am 2 comments

Martin Lee falls foul of the pan-democrat ideologues

Martin Lee Chu-ming.

So, it has come down to this. Even the godfather of Hong Kong's democracy movement has to bow to the most ideologically rigid, uncompromising and extreme of the pan-democrats.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 10 comments

State media's long journey to a clear-eyed look at Hong Kong

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Whether someone who is regarded as "confronting" Beijing could be Hong Kong's future chief executive has been the subject of much debate recently. But it still came as a surprise to many that the overseas edition of the People's Daily ran a piece quoting criticism by pan-democrats of Beijing's latest stand.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am

Pan-democrats and Beijing urged to end reform row

Jiang Shigong

Jiang Shigong, deputy director of Peking University's Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said Beijing and moderate pan-democrats should discuss political reform to avoid a "life-or-death scenario".

3 Apr 2013 - 5:36am 3 comments