Polls Result

Issue of trust will decide who wins leadership race

While the present government stumbles along, public attention is gradually shifting to who might be the candidates for the next chief executive election, and who will win.

Friday, 4 March, 2011, 12:00am

Finance chief promises rethink on MPF injection

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday promised to revise the unpopular budget and admitted for the first time that the idea of a cash injection into retirement funds had been 'poorly received in the community'.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Abhisit should not overlook red menace

Has Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva just let the 'red genies' out of the bottle? Last week, seven co-leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, the movement that represents the anti-government 'red shirts', were released on bail.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Bookies may be behind shooting at KMT rally

The shooting of the son of the Kuomintang's honorary chairman may have been staged by underground bookmakers hoping to make huge profits through illegal bets on Taiwan's municipal elections.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Abhisit, the state of emergency and why he needs to win an election

For a man who has faced seemingly endless efforts to oust him by both parliamentary ballot and by bullet, by the slippery machinations that are meat and drink to Thai politicians and by street protesters who took over the commercial heart of Bangkok for more than two months, Abhisit Vejjajiva seems remarkably relaxed.

12 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Sides agree on district council nominations but not pace of reform

The biggest parties from both political camps are likely to agree on the nomination requirement for the five new district council seats in the legislature, to be created in 2012.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Uphill struggle

Then-president Jiang Zemin was probably right when he said Hong Kong people were 'too simple, sometimes naive'. Yes, I was simple to have ever harboured a glimmer of hope in Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Back in 2005, I wrote that Beijing's choice of Tsang was probably best for Hong Kong after the early resignation of Tung Chee-hwa, the first chief executive under Chinese rule.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Masked man's fraud claims cloud Aquino victory

A mysterious masked man, dubbed the 'Koala Bear', has attempted to derail the proclamation of Senator Benigno Aquino as the next president of the Philippines by casting doubts on his sweeping victory.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

'Cory Magic' casts its spell one more time on voters

When former president Corazon Aquino succumbed to cancer last August, the public's reaction in the Philippines was overwhelming.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Think out of the box to end reform deadlock, ADPL urges

The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood is calling on pan-democrats to adopt 'new thinking' by turning black and white into grey in the course of fighting for universal suffrage.

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Voter apathy may cost KMT seats

Retired army commander Tsai Ching-lung plans to be in Beijing when his home county of Hualien holds a by-election on February 27 to fill a seat vacated by a Kuomintang maverick elected as a magistrate.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Government-friendly camp sets sights on contesting by-elections

The government-friendly camp is determined to field candidates for the by-elections triggered by the resignations of five lawmakers from the Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats.

Ip Kwok-him, a lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said his party would contest the seats vacated by the pan-democrats who resigned.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Pan-democrats should pick least controversial figures for by-election

Now that the government has thrown down the gauntlet regarding the pan-democrats' 'referendum', what are they waiting for?

Democratic Party leader Albert Ho Chun-yan, has asked if they should support the government's proposal for the 2012 elections if they lose the proposed by-elections.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Council can help Hong Kong move closer to becoming a green city

I am glad that with the Green Building Council, the government is taking one further step forward in the promotion of environmental protection in our society.

This is a controversial issue nowadays because of global warming; the problems on our planet are getting more serious.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang's knack for losing friends and alienating people

When Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen ran for a second term in 2007, his slogan was: 'I'll get the job done'.

Now, two years into his final term, mired in controversy after allegations of favouritism to his relatives and with his popularity rating plunging, it is becoming apparent that one important part of the job he has not done is winning and keeping friends.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am