Political Reform

Hong Kong leaders must stand up for city's best interests in political reform

(From left) Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and Financial Secretary John Tsang. Hong Kong leaders must stand up for city's best interests in political reform. Photo: David Wong

With the five-month public consultation on political reform only in its second month, there is a serious danger that, instead of resolving problems over universal suffrage elections for the chief executive, it will lead Hong Kong into a political dead end from which it will be almost impossible to emerge.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:16am 8 comments

Political reform consultation fails the test of open debate

League of Social Democrats member Wong Ho-ming, left, protests as Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei meets media in Hong Kong on November 21, 2013. Photo: SCMP/Felix Wong

The public consultation on political reform is in some ways reminiscent of an exercise launched by the British colonial government in 1987 on whether there should be direct elections in 1988.

1 Jan 2014 - 2:04am 1 comment

Public nomination for 2017 CE election ‘against Basic Law’, says Elsie Leung

Former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie.

Allowing the public to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election is against the Basic Law, and the idea is not worth discussing, Basic Law Committee vice-chairwoman Elsie Leung Oi-sie reiterated on Wednesday morning.

11 Dec 2013 - 10:21pm 7 comments

Faith gives city hope for better future

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is at the crossroads of its political development. This is the best of times for democracy in this city, and the worst of times for a hitherto peaceful, stable society.

Since 1997, anti-government forces, never heard of in the colonial era, have gone astray.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

Win-win political reform solution is possible for Hong Kong

Win-win political reform solution is possible for Hong Kong

It may be difficult to change the Legislative Council in a way that is acceptable to both Beijing and democrats, but it is not impossible. Beijing's bottom line is obvious: the 50-50 split between functional constituency members and those returned in geographical constituencies must remain, to maintain the dominance of the pro-establishment forces.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:26am 9 comments

Xi Jinping, a nationalist and a reformer

Illustration: Craig Stephens

What to make of President Xi Jinping, who holds his first summit with President Barack Obama this week? The hope is that Xi is a reformer, who will guide China through domestic transformation and to responsible statecraft. The fear is that Xi is a nationalist, who has set China on an aggressive, expansionist course of bullying its neighbours and confronting the US.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:12am 4 comments

To root out corruption, China must institute checks on government power

Wang Qishan, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, addresses a meeting promoting an anti-corruption campaign. Photo: Xinhua

China's anti-corruption campaign has moved up a gear. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection last week ordered disciplinary officials to give up, by June 20, all club membership cards they had received as gifts. This zero-tolerance policy deserves praise.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Democrats must let their voices be heard on reforms

Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan among others attend a press conference aims at pushing political reform in Hong Kong. Photo: David Wong

This week, the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation will publish its proposals for political reform.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:36am

Party's attempt to crack whip comes under fire

A recent Communist Party circular warning officials against Western values appears to have been challenged from inside the political establishment. Those who have written the circular "consider the people's legitimate calls for reform as activities by hostile forces and 'dissidents', and [are] thus wrongly estimating and analysing the situation", Yang Tianshi, a senior scholar and adviser, wrote in an essay shared online.

25 May 2013 - 7:30am 2 comments

Hong Kong political reform is none of America's business

US Consul General Stephen Young speaks at an Amcham forum on US Economic Engagement in the Asia Pacific : Oppurtunities for Asia's World City, held at the Conrad Hotel in Admiralty. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Stephen Young, the outgoing US consul general of Hong Kong and Macau, is considered a sensitive figure here because of his alleged association with "colour" revolutions, particularly the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, where he served as ambassador.

24 May 2013 - 5:21am

Central issues of the Occupy Central movement

Illustration: Craig Stephens

There are seven components of the "Occupy Central with Love and Peace" movement. They form an integral whole. To some, this is far too complex. Indeed, these concepts are not simple. However, we are now facing a complex political reform process in Hong Kong. Therefore, a sophisticated plan is needed.

23 May 2013 - 4:18am 7 comments

Vietnam's people are finding their political voice

Photo: AFP

Important things are happening in Vietnam. Most attention has been given to the state repression that continues to sully its reputation internationally. Yet, within the past few months, Vietnam has experienced indisputable changes in its political culture, a development that is of much greater significance.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Why Myanmar could be the next Asian tiger

Pedestrians cross a road in the rain in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: AP

After almost half a century of isolation, Myanmar could emerge as Asia's next tiger - with the right policies. After meetings with government representatives, senior executives and think-tank leaders in Myanmar, I spent some time exploring the beautiful nation.

14 May 2013 - 2:57am

Let's keep calm about suffrage debate

Chief Executive candidate Albert Ho Chun-yan (centre) speaks to the press after losing in the Chief Executive election in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's not every day that a community has an opportunity to remake a constitutional order. Hong Kong people now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance of doing so, with minimal risk of violence or chaos. We don't know how lucky we are. Most people have had to face war and revolution in similar situations.

10 May 2013 - 4:42am 3 comments

Housing market crash would only add fuel to Occupy Central campaign

Housing market crash would only add fuel to Occupy Central campaign

A year ago, I suggested in these columns that Leung Chun-ying's term as chief executive will be judged primarily on how he tackles the twin issues of housing and political reform, and that a stronger advocacy of a coherent ideology on both those issues would be critical to his success.

7 May 2013 - 2:23am 11 comments