Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po is Hong Kong's Secretary for Development. An accountant and the former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), he was appointed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after the resignation of Mak Chai-kwong following a housing allowance scandal. In July 2013, Chan was accused of a conflict of interest when it was revealed that he or his family had an interest in a plot of land in the New Territories that the government had plans to develop.

Paul Chan not in clear yet over farmland row, warn lawmakers

Former legislator and accountant Mandy Tam Heung-man (right), who lodged the original complaint against Paul Chan (left) to the ICAC in July 2013, said the watchdog had informed her it had stopped the investigation without explaining why. Photos: May Tse, Dickson Lee

Lawmakers could initiate an investigation of Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po despite a decision by graft-busters not to take action against him after studying a possible conflict of interest for two years.

Thursday, 7 May, 2015, 4:52am 6 comments

Bid to investigate development chief Paul Chan voted down by Legco

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Felix Wong

Pan-democrat legislators have failed in their bid to invoke special powers to investigate development minister Paul Chan Mo-po over a conflict of interest row involving a farmland owned by his family.

4 Oct 2013 - 7:52pm 5 comments

Pan-democrats demand answers from development minister Paul Chan

Paul Chan Mo-po

Pan-democrat lawmakers will press ahead with a move to grill a top government minister at the centre of a conflict of interest row using special legislative powers - despite the fact it is doomed to fail.

Pan-democrats want to question development minister Paul Chan Mo-po over his ownership of farmland in Kwu Tung that could become more valuable under a plan for a new town.

2 Oct 2013 - 11:54pm 2 comments

Country park carve-up the worst of all land options

Paul Chan

Earmarking sites in country parks for housing - an idea raised by Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po in his blog early this month - may have some attractions. But it also has big drawbacks.

25 Sep 2013 - 1:58pm 2 comments

Country park vandalism not the way to solve housing shortage

Lau Wong-fat, Heung Yee Kuk chairman.

Politicians and bureaucrats have an uncanny ability to solve one problem by creating a bigger one elsewhere. We must thank development minister Paul Chan Mo-po for providing a classic example of how this can be done.

14 Sep 2013 - 2:45am 1 comment

Paul Chan should revive his plan for homes on golf club site

Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development.

A long-term housing strategy consultation document released recently proposed building 470,000 units over the next 10 years. Sixty per cent would be public housing flats; the remainder private.

13 Sep 2013 - 2:42am 14 comments

Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

Hong Kong government officials have long suffered from a malignant combination of agoraphobia and chlorophobia - a terror of open spaces coupled with an irrational fear of the colour green.

10 Sep 2013 - 2:47am 18 comments

Paul Chan ignores scandal and talks of trees instead

Paul Chan Mo-po

The city's scandal-hit development secretary has, for the second week in a row, studiously ignored the controversy surrounding him in his weekly blog.

12 Aug 2013 - 5:20am

Accident-prone Paul Chan a liability for Leung Chun-ying's government

Legislator Leung Kwok-hung protests to Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Beleaguered Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, who has lost all credibility after a string of scandals, received treatment at a hospital after being involved in a traffic accident last Sunday. He suffered slight injuries.

9 Aug 2013 - 2:31am

New rules on conflict of interest ‘full of holes’

Development minister Paul Chan has defied calls to step down over a conflict of interest row involving his family. Photo: Edward Wong

Lawmakers say new guidelines concerning conflict of interest involving ministers are flawed because they fail to stipulate penalties for a failure to comply.

8 Aug 2013 - 4:14am

Ministers facing tougher conflict-of-interest rules

The new conflict of interest guidelines come after controversies involving development chief Paul Chan and and political assistant Henry Ho. Photo: SCMP Pictures

New conflict-of-interest guidelines mean Hong Kong ministers will have to take into account the business interests of family and friends to avoid being drawn into scandals.

8 Aug 2013 - 8:18am 15 comments

Chan family investments make for some interesting reading

Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development. Photo: Sam Tsang

Whether Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po should resign over the scandal surrounding his farmland in Kwu Tung North is neither here nor there for Hong Kong property market watchers. What I am interested in is the Chan family's property market investment strategy.

6 Aug 2013 - 4:17am 2 comments

Paul Chan must apologise for farmland fiasco

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

You've got to hand it to our Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po - the way he has with words. He is chalking up this whole political brush fire as "clumsiness" on his part. There is little doubt that Chan is anxious to put this whole farmland fiasco behind him.

5 Aug 2013 - 3:51am 1 comment

Under-fire development chief Paul Chan injured in car crash

Development chief Paul Chan is surrounded by media at Ruttonjee Hospital after a car accident. Photo: David Wong

Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, who is facing calls to quit over a land row, hurt his neck yesterday in a car crash near Happy Valley racecourse.

Chan was kept in Queen Mary Hospital for about six hours for observation before being discharged. He said as he left hospital last night: "If I feel okay tomorrow, I will go back to work."

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stands by Paul Chan in land row

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

On Friday Chan's aide, political assistant Henry Ho Kin-chung, whose family was revealed to own land in the same area, apologised for failing to declare their ownership and resigned from the government. Ho's resignation increased pressure on Chan to step down.

4 Aug 2013 - 3:10am 17 comments