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.

Land deal doubts hit development secretary's credibility

Paul Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

A lack of clarity over whether Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po and his wife, Frieda Hui Po-ming, still hold an interest in 18,000 sq ft of farmland in Kwu Tung is raising fresh doubts about his credibility.

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 5:45am 2 comments

CY Leung defends his development chief after farmland exposé

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday Paul Chan had complied with the requirements to declare his interest in farmland set to be  developed. Photo: David Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday came to the defence of his embattled development minister Paul Chan Mo-po, saying Chan had met all the requirements in declaring interest in an agricultural plot.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Reserved property scheme may become policy

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

The comment came a day after tenders for the first two sites offered under the "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people" scheme, at Kai Tak, drew a strong response from developers, with 29 bids.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am

Hong Kong Central pier meant for 'PLA training, berthing'

The military berth along the Central waterfront. Photo: David Wong

The government has specified for the first time the circumstances in which the People's Liberation Army will occupy a military pier at the new Central waterfront, but it declined to estimate how often the space would be open to the public.

29 May 2013 - 11:00am 1 comment

Multi-pronged approach scrapped

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po attends a online programme at Commercial Radio in Kowloon Tong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Once again Edwin Tong, of the Civil Engineering and Development Department, is misrepresenting the facts ("General support for multi-pronged land supply approach", April 24), in another desperate attempt on the part of the administration to convince the public that reclamation outside Victoria Harbour is both welcome and urgent.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Reclamation a last resort to ease land supply

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

Responsible leaders look forward and plan for tomorrow. Hong Kong's government is doing as it should by looking for ways to increase the supply of land so that our city can further develop. But the issue is complex and building consensus for a viable strategy is not easy. Even reclamation, a long-favoured solution to providing more land and generating revenue, is controversial.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 2 comments

Paul Chan calls for more consideration on reclamation plans

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

The five sites on the shortlist, all located near the shore, are in Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Tsing Yi and on Lantau. Together, they could provide about 600 hectares of land, the Development Bureau said.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Caverns for public facilities could free up land for homes

Caverns for public facilities could free up land for homes

Three sites could be freed for homes by moving public facilities now on the land into caverns, the government proposed yesterday. But a critic of the scheme said it would cost too much. And one site, in Sai Kung, is potentially controversial as reclamation is suggested to enlarge the area.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:43am 2 comments

New committee set up to look into lift safety

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Paul Chan Mo-po, on his official blog yesterday, wrote that the lift and escalator safety advisory committee would be represented by the lift trade and "outside-sector parties" such as property management firms, property owners and consumers.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Local opposition casts more doubt on land sale list

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Doubts surround the government's ability to execute its new land-sale programme on schedule, as district councils and a university have expressed objections - including a possible legal challenge - against rezoning some of the sites for housing.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Paul Chan announces end of land application list system

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

Hong Kong’s government will scrap the land application list system – under which developers can trigger land auctions – in order to increase its control over the city’s land supply.

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po announced on Thursday the land application list system would be cancelled at the start of the 2013-14 financial year in April.

28 Feb 2013 - 8:38pm

Loophole could spark rush to buy Hong Kong hotel rooms

Property agents and buyers cram into the sales office for Cheung Kong's Apex Horizon hotel in Kwai Chung yesterday. Photo: David Wong

More hotel rooms could go on sale after the development chief admitted there was a legal loophole allowing such transactions. But Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po warned buyers on Tuesday that they risked having their units seized if land lease regulations were violated.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:45am 11 comments

Legco gives lesson on when to stay mum

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

Political lesson today: how to spot a minister who is completely out of his depth. This is a topic I can go on about forever, but let's stick to a recent example, due to space constraints.

Here's a telltale sign: The minister is talking off the top of his head without the slightest idea about the implications.

9 Feb 2013 - 5:53am 3 comments

Military sites in range to ease Hong Kong housing crisis

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po (left) and Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung visit a proposed site for public housing in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government is eyeing up military sites as it searches for land to ease the acute demand for housing, the development chief admitted on Wednesday. Paul Chan Mo-po said the government was "working on" the idea, but did not give details.

7 Feb 2013 - 7:46am

Government's land grant to Union Hospital 'inexcusable': Legco report

Union Hospital sold site set aside for health use.

A Legislative Council committee has expressed grave dismay at the government's 1982 decision to give an excessive amount of land to the Union Hospital.

The land, which had been granted to the hospital in Sha Tin for health use, was left idle for years until sold for HK$300 million to Henderson Land to develop a luxury property project in 2004.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am