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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.

Loophole could spark rush to buy Hong Kong hotel rooms

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.

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 5:45am 11 comments

Legco gives lesson on when to stay mum

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

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

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

PLA military sites targeted in bid to ease housing crisis

The development minister said on Wednesday the PLA barracks in Admiralty could be turned into a site for private residential flats, as the government seeks to increase the housing supply.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:49am

Top Hong Kong officials listed under false addresses on Companies Registry

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?

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

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

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

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