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.

Flat buyers back off as tough new property tax hits home in Hong Kong

Sales staff try to entice buyers for The Reach estate project. Photo: Sam Tsang

A surprise property tax hit home as fast as it came - within 24 hours of the introduction of a higher stamp duty, people were shunning flat sales across the city.

Thursday, 7 May, 2015, 12:48pm 5 comments

Crack down on small-house ‘grey area’, adviser says

Fred Li Wah-ming, a member of the Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong’s shortage of housing land should be addressed by tackling the “commercialisation” of village houses, not necessarily by making the homes taller, a government adviser said on Monday morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong's land crisis justifies small-house review

Paul Chan: cautious

Hong Kong's chronic land shortage justifies a review of the small-house policy for indigenous villagers in the New Territories, the development minister said yesterday.

It is the first time the new administration has touched on the sensitive issue.

20 Oct 2012 - 10:54am 3 comments

Land supply enough for years to come

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

The amount of vacant government land could be enough to support the city's housing supply for four years, the latest official figures suggest.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:06am

A bad week for … (October 7, 2012)

Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po

Hong Kong's embattled development secretary can seemingly do no right. Already embroiled in scandal after a company he was linked to was found to be letting out subdivided flats, Chan was reported to have driven a car after drinking a 500ml glass of beer. He has promised to co-operate with police.


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7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am

Police to interview minister Paul Chan Mo-po over beer before driving

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

Police have launched a probe after Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po was accused of driving soon after drinking beer at a family lunch in Happy Valley on Tuesday.

The case is being classified as a "request for police investigation" and officers from a traffic unit are looking into it, according to a police source.

5 Oct 2012 - 3:59am 1 comment

Development chief Paul Chan to co-operate in drink-driving inquiry

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

The development secretary has volunteered to help police investigate a newspaper claim that he recently drove his car under the influence of alcohol, he said on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Development Bureau criticised for not knowing land availability

The affected villages are Kwu Tung, Ta Kwu Ling (bottom right) and Ping Che (left).

The Development Bureau came under fire yesterday for being unable to give details about how much of its vacant land was available for housing. On Saturday, bureau chief Paul Chan Mo-po told a chaotic public forum that it had 2,100 hectares, of which 1,200 was designated for building village houses. But yesterday the bureau could not say exactly how much of this would be available for building flats. One source close to the bureau said the figure was less than 400 hectares.

25 Sep 2012 - 9:29am 2 comments

Minister tells forum plans for New Territories new towns will go ahead

Scuffles broke out as villagers and concern groups protested against new towns for the northeastern New Territories. Photo: David Wong

A public forum on government plans to develop new towns near the border with Shenzhen descended into chaos yesterday but left officials determined to push the scheme through.

At a fiery open-air consultation in Sheung Shui attended by 6,000 people, many chanting and waving banners, Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said the project would not be shelved.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am 3 comments

Divisions among villagers over new towns give ministers hope

Yesterday's chaotic scenes over government plans to redevelop nearly 800 hectares of land in the northeastern New Territories may have handed hard-pressed government officials a chance to balance the account after losing the first big battle of the new administration, over national education.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

Lax checks on ministers' integrity undermines government

How ministers perform their duties and conduct themselves in public office has an impact on confidence in government. While it is the chief executive's job to pick the best brains for the positions, he relies on a good mechanism to ensure officials possess good character and do not bring the government into disrepute.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:31am 1 comment

Scuffles break out at Sheung Shui forum

Villagers and concern groups held a protest against the land resumption of North East New Territories New Development Areas in Sheung Shui. Photo: David Wong

Scuffles broke out on Saturday during an open-air forum among opponents and supporters of a controversial government plan to develop three new towns in the north-east New Territories.

Despite Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po’s last minute efforts to ease public concerns, the forum soon erupted into angry outburts from protestors opposed to the plan.

22 Sep 2012 - 6:38pm 3 comments

Public Eye

Having lost all moral authority, Chan simply has to clear out

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Chan's tough fight to regain trust

Just days after he has been appointed to replace a scandal-hit predecessor, development minister Paul Chan Mo-po has landed himself in hot water too. Chan and his wife have been accused of making handsome profits by subdividing properties into tiny units for lease - a common practice that sometimes breaches building and safety rules.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Don't forget real victims of flats scandal

The news media has a field day exposing the scandal over subdivided flats involving the family of development chief Paul Chan Mo-po. The government has gone into damage-control mode. Chan and his wife are busy trying to salvage his political career.

4 Sep 2012 - 10:55am