Public Services

Street cleaners send waste for recycling to landfills

People’s efforts to recycle are being wasted. Photo: Sam Tsang

Government-paid street sweepers have been caught emptying recycling bins and dumping their contents with general waste destined for landfills.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 5:39am

Crazy thinking will damage MTR further down the line

The way to improve MTR's service quality is to put money into it, not take money out of it. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The idea that fare increases should be denied if services are not up to a standard deemed satisfactory by some nebulous panel is alien to any rational concept of how a public service corporation works.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 6 comments

New Shanghai mayor vows to treat city's problems as 'a citizen'

Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong. Photo: AP

Shanghai's new mayor, Yang Xiong, said yesterday he understood the "inadequacies" of public services as "a citizen" of the mainland's commercial hub.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am

Government should investigate DBC Radio saga

Albert Cheng King-hon appears in Digital Broadcasting Corporation in Cyberport after the radio station ceased operation last week. Photo: Sam Tsang

DBC Radio's special week-long broadcast, initiated by its former hosts and staff after its official closure last week, might come to an end sooner than expected following an application to the High Court by some shareholders to put the company into liquidation.

8 May 2015 - 9:30am 2 comments

China's health spending reform an encouraging sign

Important policy announcements tend to dry up as the mainland prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership change. It is good to see that health care for the nation's 1.3 billion people is an exception. The Ministry of Health has announced a 30 to 40 per cent increase in health spending as a proportion of GDP by 2020, raising it from the current 4.9 per cent to 6.5 to 7 per cent.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:04am

Competition bill in danger of losing

If evidence is needed to demonstrate the government's lack of political will to act for the benefit of the wider community, the fair competition bill now languishing in the Legislative Council is an example. First floated 16 years ago, the blueprint seeking to outlaw anti-competitive market behaviour faces growing resistance from the business lobby.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ombudsman to probe water metering, billing

The Ombudsman received more than 100 complaints a year against the Water Supplies Department for the past three years over its management of water meters.

The good-governance watchdog is launching an investigation into the department's practices.

The investigation will look into its procedures regarding water meters, and the issuing and adjusting of bills.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

No excuse for letting the city's historic postboxes dwindle away

I refer to the letter from Mary Chung, for the postmaster general ('Postbox too badly damaged', February 18), in which she responded to my letter ('Historic mailbox's last post', February 11).

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Should firemen get a pay rise?

Why are we deliberating on whether or not to give Hong Kong firemen a raise?

That they need to protest to obtain better equipment and more staff, after having their requests turned down by 'a government advisory body' ('Firemen may stage protest over pay', October 7), reflects extremely poorly on Hong Kong as a civilised city.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Contracts rule over people's pockets

'Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, saying rising inflation had made these 'difficult times', told lawmakers the financial needs of people would outweigh the interests of shareholders when government considered a rise in fees for public services.'

SCMP, May 16

19 May 2008 - 12:00am

HK African stowaways' grim fight for life laid bare

Harrowing details have emerged of the desperate struggle of three African stowaways to escape a locked container in the hold of a ship moored off Hong Kong which ended in their deaths.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Shenzhen leads way with public service

Shake-up seen as possible model for rest of nation

A public service unit shake-up under way in Shenzhen will affect thousands of civil servants and could be a model for municipal restructuring throughout the country, a mainland political observer said yesterday.

11 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Optimising the Use of Public Resources

48. I am pleased to note that many people in the community have made clear their willingness to accept measures to raise revenue, including reasonable tax and fee increases. But they have also asked Government to cut its spending significantly.

8 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Shopping for paradise

As newcomers to Hong Kong, we were impressed - particularly at the efficiency of the public services, the relatively safe driving and honesty of the people. But let's not fool ourselves, Hong Kong is far from a shoppers or tourist paradise, and is certainly not a consumers' paradise.

4 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Efficient service

Several hundred civil servants yesterday showed up at a rally to demand the Government shelve plans to further contract out the provision of public services so there would be no more redundancies.

8 Oct 2001 - 12:00am