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.

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.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 5:16am

Top Hong Kong officials listed under false addresses on Companies Registry

Paul Chan Mo-po is shown as living in a North Point office

A group of government officials and politicians who also serve as company directors appear to have incorrectly declared offices or factories as home addresses on the Companies Registry.

29 Jan 2013 - 1:00pm 5 comments

Who said it?

Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po

I understand the people have expectations of political officials. I will stay alert and mind my acts and words

Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po after police ruled out drink-driving charges


Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled

26 Jan 2013 - 2:05am

Paul Chan Mo-po avoids drink-driving charge

Paul Chan says he will be mindful of public expectations.

The Department of Justice has decided not to take any action against the development minister for driving after drinking beer in October.

It said yesterday that a video posted on the internet, allegedly showing Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po driving his car after consuming alcohol at a family lunch, "appeared to have been edited".

26 Jan 2013 - 4:45am 2 comments

Development chief Paul Chan admits he thought of quitting

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Development chief Paul Chan Mo-po has admitted the idea of stepping down amid sagging popularity had flashed through his mind.

Chan was replying to a question raised by a radio programme host, who asked whether he had ever planned to leave government given his consistently low approval ratings following a series of personal scandals.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

We must not destroy our heritage because of bad policy

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

Last week saw the announcement by Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po of the government's acceptance of the redevelopment of a historic mansion by its owner, as well as the reversal of a previous decision to demolish the west wing of the Central Government Offices for redevelopment.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:25am

Hong Kong's balancing act on heritage building conservation made difficult

Good and bad news about the city's heritage buildings can create confusing perceptions about the government's commitment to conservation. In a welcome "about-face" on the redevelopment plan for the former government headquarters, the new administration has decided that the west wing will not be turned into a commercial tower, as had been decided by its predecessors.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:31am

Absence of Paul Chan and Gregory So diminishes population policy panel

Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The absence of two ministers from a panel that will advise on population issues has raised doubts about whether the administration will lend its full support to the policymaking process.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Minister pledges public discussion on conservation policy

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po attends a press conference concerning the West Wing of the former Central Government Offices and Ho Tung Gardens at Harbour Building in Central on Tuesday. Photo: KY Cheng

The government plans to put forward a conservation policy for public discussion in the second half of next year at the earliest, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said in a television interview on Sunday.

9 Dec 2012 - 5:16pm

Talking points

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Ho Tung Gardens to be bulldozed; minister admits policy failure

Ho Min-kwan

The government admitted a policy failure yesterday as it decided to give up on a plan to save the historic Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, which is held by an owner who refuses to co-operate.

It also bowed to public pressure and abandoned a scheme, put forward by the last administration, to redevelop the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:39am 4 comments

Handover blamed for private hospitals not providing free beds

Dr Ko Wing-man

Officials blamed the 1997 handover as well as missing documents for some private hospitals having not been required to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the needy.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:27am

Ministers survive vote of no confidence

People Power's Wong Yuk-man, who called for a vote of no confidence in Chan and Ng. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Legislative Council yesterday voted down a motion of no confidence in the widely criticised secretaries for development and education.

Lawmakers in the geographical seats passed the motion - proposed by People Power lawmaker Wong Yuk-man - 19-14, but it was defeated 10-21 in the functional constituency seats.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 1 comment

Talking Points

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Photo: AFP

Clinton, Panetta in Australia for talks

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Leung, Tang and Suen mysteries still left begging for answers

The illegal basement under the home of former chief secretary and rival chief executive candidate, Henry Tang Ying-yen. Photo: SCMP

The Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap was recently staged at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, to the delight of its fans. The play has been running for 60 years in London's West End, and can only be performed outside that area once a year anywhere in the world. So finally getting it to Hong Kong was quite a coup.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:50am