Politics of Hong Kong

Arts Development Council accused of ignoring views of artists in Hong Kong

The Arts Development Council has been accused of failing to canvass the views of the artists it represents before casting its vote in next Sunday's Legislative Council election.

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 3:04am

Blank votes could harm pan-democrats' 'super seat' hopes

Pan-democrat Frederick Fung

"Super seat" contender Frederick Fung Kin-kee said he was worried that People Power's call to cast blank votes could hinder pan-democrats' goal of winning three of the five seats.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:01am

Tourism boss James Tien in warning over Shenzhen entry permit influx

Democratic Party members smash a cooking pot symbolising the pressure on Hong Kong society of the cross-border influx on a march to the central government offices at Admiralty to protest about the multi-entry permits for Shenzhen residents yesterday. Photo: Nora Tam

Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun says a change of rules which would give 4.1 million non-permanent citizens of Shenzhen easier access to Hong Kong should be postponed.

He warned many of the new visitors could take jobs illegally or become cross-border traders.

30 Aug 2012 - 9:30am

Mainland protester who attended July 1 rally beaten up trying to return to hk

Li Yanjun

A mainland activist who attended the July 1 rally in Hong Kong was beaten up by a security officer while on his way back to the city to speak out against the abuse suffered by fellow dissidents.

Li Yanjun, 49, a peasant from Nanning , Guangxi province, said yesterday he was pummelled for about 10 minutes before being taken to a police station last Tuesday in Shenzhen.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

Letters to the Editor, August 29, 2012

'Super seats' the antithesis of democracy

Kerry Kwan generously misses the whole damning point about "super seats" in the Legco election ("Publicity drive can help voters grasp new 'super seats' system", August 26).

29 Aug 2012 - 2:26am

Release submissions for national-education consultation, says NGO

The full findings of the consultation that led to the launch of national-education classes must be released or the government will be accused of hiding facts about it, a human rights watchdog says.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:20am

Letters to the Editor, August 25, 2012

Shooting events have rightful place in the Games. Photo: AP

Too soon for minimum wage rise

I am strongly opposed to calls for the statutory minimum wage to be increased from HK$28 to HK$35 an hour.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) already face a heavy financial burden and, as a survey revealed, their main financial concern is the high rents caused by skyrocketing property prices.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:14am

Hong Kong election laws favour big parties, says candidate

A candidate in next month's Legislative Council election is seeking a judicial review of the laws governing the poll, claiming they favour big parties that have members running in both geographical constituencies and the so-called super seats.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

Lawmakers welcoming Diaoyu activists in Hong Kong heckled

Legco election candidates and other politicians who joined the crowd welcoming the return of the Diaoyu activists defended themselves against accusations that they were just seeking exposure to help their campaigns.

Told by hecklers to "stop stealing publicity", they said they were there to show their support like everyone else.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:03pm

Election notebook

Stephen Lam

Stephen Lam oversaw elections for 9 years, but he'll miss polling day

23 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

Stench of bigotry

Michael Chugani

Stench of bigotry in failure to give Khan a HK passport

22 Aug 2012 - 9:02pm

Tony Tse Wai-chuen criticises Leung Chun-ying in bid for Legco seat

A supporter of Leung Chun-ying's who is now running for the Legislative Council has criticised the chief executive for failing to lay down a clear and effective housing policy in his first months in office.

Tony Tse Wai-chuen, who like Leung is a surveyor, is vying for the seat for the architectural, surveying and planning constituency, in his first Legco run.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

Legal-sector candidates for Legislative Council election clash at radio forum

Two legal-sector candidates for the Legislative Council election exchanged fire yesterday over their alleged links with the mainland. Both insisted they were pro-democracy candidates.

21 Aug 2012 - 3:08am

Infighting in pan-democrat and Beijing-loyalist camps during debate

Wong Yeung-tat

Infighting in both the pan-democratic and Beijing-loyalist camps bubbled to the surface as candidates for the Kowloon East constituency squared off in a one-hour televised debate last night.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am

Ministerial scandals prompt calls for reform of background checks

Illustration: Henry Wong

To lose the services of one ministerial colleague to scandal may be unfortunate. To lose the minister's replacement in similar circumstances seems like carelessness on the part of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am