Hugo Chavez reign highlights the pitfalls of populism

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: Bloomberg

The death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez last week after 14 years in power marks the end of an era. He leaves behind a legacy that politicians and members of the public, including those in China, would do well to reflect on.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 2:59am

Alien thinking

There is a new dirty word in Hong Kong - populist. That's what some are fearfully labelling chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying. If Leung is indeed a populist, he's not saying. But his words and body language do lend some credence to the label. Why it stokes such unease among some goes to the heart of what we are, or, more precisely, what we think we are.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am


New group's skewed view of populism

I do not know why we need yet another pro-business political body in Hong Kong ('New bloc shifts power in Legco', August 22). I think Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and his new alliance are being naive when they attribute social instability to populist politics.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Populist stance on maids' abode betrays our values

The controversy over foreign domestic helpers' right to permanent residency has unwittingly exposed the ugly underbelly of the mentality of many Hong Kong people and the true colours of politicians across the spectrum.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Stick to principles, not whims, says former official

The government should follow principles not public whims, former top official Michael Sze Cho-cheung warns in light of what he describes as growing populism in Hong Kong.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Criticisms on target

I refer to the report headlined, 'Regina Ip takes flak for attack on media' (Sunday Morning Post, October 8).

15 Oct 2000 - 12:00am