People Power

People Power sees another high-profile exit: chairman Christopher Lau

Christopher Lau Gar-hung. Photo: Dickson Lee

Lau’s resignation comes less than a month after maverick lawmaker Wong Yuk-man announced his high-profile resignation from the party, which he co-founded in 2011.

Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 10:13am

Radical lawmakers unlikely to lose seats over suspended jail terms

Wong Yuk-man leaves Eastern Court yesterday after being sentenced to six weeks in prison, suspended for 14 months. Photo: Sam Tsang

Two radical lawmakers are expected to keep their Legislative Council seats, despite receiving suspended jail terms yesterday for their leading roles in an unlawful assembly two years ago.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 3 comments

People Power feels 'Mad Dog' Wong Yuk-man's bite

Wong Yuk-man in his office yesterday. Photo: David Wong

The extent of the rift within the radical People Power association emerged yesterday as lawmaker Wong Yuk-man, who quit the group on Monday, revealed that affiliate group the Proletariat Political Institute will go independent with him.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 2 comments

Lawmakers' suspended jail terms put Legco seats at risk

Wong Yuk-man on Tuesday morning. Photo: Sam Tsang

People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip and former party colleague Wong Yuk-man, who resigned from the party on Monday, slammed the “unreasonable” sentencing and vowed to appeal.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

Maverick lawmaker abruptly quits People Power party he co-founded

Wong Yuk-man's move shocked colleagues. Photo: Edward Wong

Maverick lawmaker Wong Yuk-man has announced his immediate resignation from People Power - the radical pan-democratic party he founded in 2011. The surprise decision yesterday by the one of the most charismatic politicians in Hong Kong is likely to deal a huge blow to the city's radical movement, the party's leaders conceded. It would also leave the Alliance for True Democracy - a coalition formed of all pan-democratic lawmakers to fight for electoral reform - with 26 seats, although still able to retain its veto power in the Legislative Council.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 2 comments

Filibuster brings opportunity to think outside box

Some legislators displayed anti-filibuster banners during Legco meetings. Photo: Felix Wong

The Chinese equivalent of "filibuster" is Libo, meaning "stretching the cloth". This translation gives an image of fluff and flannel, not exactly the stuff of gravitas.

Yet, nothing could be more serious than filibustering, which acts like a safety valve, allowing minority voices to be heard. Filibustering, like a political pulse, is often an outward sign of an inner malaise.

17 May 2013 - 3:11am

Legislator apologises for 'political mission' comment on magistrate

Albert Chan outside Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho yesterday. Photo: David Wong

People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip apologised "unconditionally" yesterday for suggesting an Eastern Court magistrate had a "political mission".

The apology followed a warning by the magistrate, Joseph To Ho-shing, that Chan might be charged if he refused to admit he was wrong.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

Convicted People Power duo 'dishonest, insulting'

Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man claims his People Power march was part of a lawful rally. Photo: Felix Wong

Two lawmakers of pro-democracy party People Power have been convicted of organising an unlawful assembly in 2011, with the magistrate slamming one of them, Wong Yuk-man, for being "dishonest and unreliable" and giving questionable testimony.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm

Legco president Japser Tsang defends actions in approving 710 amendments

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing tells reporters he was only thinking of the rules. Photo: David Wong

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said radical lawmakers' intention of filibustering, and its possible effects on the administration, were not on his mind when he approved 710 amendments to the budget bill tabled by radical pan-democrats.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:30am

Pan-democrats should scrap the tired tactic of filibustering

Lawwmaker Leung Kwok-hung

A political issue has, at long last, united pro-establishment lawmakers and mainstream pan-democrats in the legislature - the filibuster. Two fringe groups from pro-democracy camps have filed 751 amendments to the government's proposed budget, which will be debated in Legco next week.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 2 comments

People Power denies it is in crisis

People Power chairman Christopher Lau says the party is united. "I don't see any possibility of us breaking up." Photo: Dickson Lee

Pro-democracy party People Power is "not in a crisis" of splitting up and its members will continue to work closely together, its founding chairman says.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:07am

Pro-democracy station pulls the plug

Shiu is disappointed with many people including Christopher Lau

One of the city's biggest prodemocracy radio stations, Hong Kong Reporter, will stop broadcasting at the end of the month, its owner said last night. Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen's sudden announcement came as a shock to many listeners.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Remove illegal banners, political or not

These anti-Falun Gong banners have been erected in Nathan Road. Photo: SCMP

People Power, the pan-democratic group, raises a good question when it criticises the government for failing to take down illegal banners put up by an anti-Falun Gong organisation in busy roadside areas across the city. Those posters are a nuisance and dangerous distraction to drivers.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 6 comments

Time pan-democrats draw line in the sand with radicals

There is no political future for this city's pan-democrats do not distance themselves from the radicals.

The best tweet on the US elections goes to Bill Maher, hands down. His "Tea Party has now cost the Republicans 5 senate seats. My next donation is going to them" is a funny and pointed observation about a group of people who are disturbingly absolute in their small-mindedness, and their hatred for authority.

It also sounds vaguely familiar.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:30am 1 comment

Mister Trouble Wong Yuk-man takes on status quo

Illustration: Henry Wong

In all he does, People Power lawmaker Wong Yuk-man stirs controversy. From playing the banana-throwing maverick to masterminding the "de facto referendum" to becoming "Mr filibuster", political journalists have never been short of headlines since he joined the Legislative Council in 2008.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:50pm 1 comment