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.
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.Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am
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
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
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.
Mike Tyson7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Having lost all moral authority, Chan simply has to clear out15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm
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
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
As Freddie Mercury used to sing, another one bites the dust. Just days after his appointment as development secretary, Paul Chan Mo-po finds himself at the centre of an investigation by his own inspectors. It's alleged that two of the properties - illegally subdivided for lease to multiple tenants - are owned by a company controlled by his wife and her family.4 Sep 2012 - 10:57am