Children lacking a voice in Hong Kong

Follow global trend and set up child commission soon. Photo: EPA

A policy address that wins applause is one with a vision, that attempts to balance the interests of different groups.

This year's policy address lacks vision and a holistic approach. It is lopsided and a child perspective is absent.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 4:27am 1 comment

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua vows to stick with existing policies

Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua

Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua pledged continuity and consistency while touching on his policy vision for the province for the first time since assuming the position last month.

18 Jan 2013 - 3:55am

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 leadership of fools

Exco convener Lam Woon-kwong says it is not his job to act as a mouthpiece for government policy.

How do you turn a muddle into an extraordinary mess? It's easy - join the administration of Leung Chun-ying. Let us momentarily set aside the mounting controversies confronting the government and turn to the dysfunctional way it conducts its affairs.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 1 comment

CY Leung lays out problems but lacks substance on solutions

Now that the Chief Executive has shared his views, he will be judged by how well he tackles the problems. Photo: Sam Tsang

Good leaders rule with a vision. They outline the challenges ahead, map out an action plan and get the people to rally behind them. In the Hong Kong context, this is done with a policy address, delivered by the chief executive at the beginning of a new legislative session in October each year.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:20am

Divided land

We expect leaders to solve problems. One of the toughest nuts to crack is how to deal with New Territories land. The chief executive candidates, Henry Tang Ying-yen and Leung Chun-ying, are clearly being lobbied hard to keep the status quo.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Was green policy really meant to work like this?

Equality before the law should be a hallmark of any legal system. But that raises the question about how laws and policies are written and implemented. Consider the policy encouraging developers to improve living standards by including green features in buildings.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In the long term we are all dead sooner without united climate stand

Cop 15 (the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen) was a magnificent opportunity for countries across the globe to come up with measures to combat global warming.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Rise in youth drug use causes concern

A revelation that there has been a 57 per cent increase in the number of drug abusers under the age of 21 in the past four years has given urgency to government considerations about drug tests on school students, the security chief says.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Pollution can be a risky business

Retail investors can get access to the emissions trading market by buying the shares of listed companies that either trade in carbon credits or invest in companies that help polluters reduce their emissions.

16 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Experience counts in drug war

The most effective way of discouraging teenagers from taking drugs is to let them hear about the harmful effects from former drug addicts, a survey has found.

11 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Don't turn to drugs

Tthe number of teenagers arrested for drug offences has dramatically risen by 90 per cent in the first eight months of this year. Social workers are becoming increasingly concerned about changes in drug taking habits.

Another alarming fact is that more youngsters are selling drugs to support their habits.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The 'masses' will be watching, Mr Tsang

Suffering from a deficit of legitimacy, the British colonial government gave full play to so-called consultative politics in securing effective governance.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

PLA argues for a space race

The PLA yesterday underlined its keenness to meet a future space race head-on with an article in the military mouthpiece listing 'three necessaries' in space development.

A military analyst said the article was an attempt to persuade various groups within the army to rally around the programme and support the huge cost of space research and development.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Agencies to crack down on corruption in property market

Eight government agencies are teaming up in a nationwide crackdown on irregularities in the property market, in renewed efforts to stamp out speculation and corruption in the booming sector.

The year-long campaign aims to check on how local governments implement Beijing's policies, a joint statement posted by the Ministry of Construction said yesterday.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am