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Rita Lau

DAB to benefit from IT contract, Godfrey says

Whistle-blower Jeremy Godfrey has claimed publicly for the first time that Hong Kong's biggest political party was the intended beneficiary of top-level interference in the awarding of a HK$220 million IT contract.

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011, 12:00am

Former IT chief stokes resignation intrigue

The government's former information technology chief has broken his silence about his abrupt resignation, saying it was related to 'the conduct of government business'. He hinted the administration had been concealing facts about the process of selecting two organisations to conduct a HK$200 million internet learning programme.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Hunt to fill Rita Lau's shoes turns to civil service

Speculation over who might replace Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan as secretary for commerce and economic development is focusing on a batch of top civil servants, as the political background and track record of undersecretary Greg So Kam-leung makes him a less probable choice.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Rita Lau leaves vacuum at top of government

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau has been left with a succession dilemma by the abrupt resignation, because of ill health, of its secretary, Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan.

It is a difficult time, with the bureau embroiled in several controversial and far-reaching policy issues while the clock ticks towards the end of the administration's term.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Minister Rita Lau resigns for health reasons

Commerce minister Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan resigned yesterday for health reasons, leaving the government with a big hole to fill.

Secretary for Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee, formerly permanent secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, has emerged as a frontrunner for the post.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Third minister in a month has surgery

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung had heart surgery yesterday, the third senior minister to have an operation in as many weeks.

The health status of the ministers has raised concerns about their ability to perform their jobs.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Operation for policy unit chief

Central Policy Unit chief Professor Lau Siu-kai, 63, underwent a 'preventive operation' at Prince of Wales Hospital yesterday. The government gave no details of Lau's problem but said the operation went well. He will be on sick leave until April 17 and the unit's deputy head, Robin Ip Man-fai, will be in charge.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Health disclosure to be queried

Legislative Council House Committee chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee will ask Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen about the government's disclosure policy on the health of senior officials next week. Commerce minister Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan (pictured) is on sick leave until April 10 after surgery on March 22. The government did not respond to reports Lau was diagnosed with intestinal cancer.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Rita Lau extends sick leave after surgery

Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, the commerce minister who underwent surgery in Queen Mary Hospital on Tuesday, extended her sick leave until April 10. She is reported to be suffering from intestinal cancer. Her press secretary said Lau had been advised by her doctor to take plenty of rest.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Move to outlaw hard-sell tactics

Lawmakers pass a motion calling for better consumer protection. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said an amendment bill for the Trade Description Ordinance would soon be tabled, in a move that could outlaw high-pressure sales tactics and the acceptance of prepayment from customers without the ability to provide the promised services.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Rita Lau begins four-day trip to Singapore on Apec business

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Details on Disney or no deal, say legislators

The government has urged legislators to fast track approval of Hong Kong Disneyland's expansion plan because of the global economic crisis.

But lawmakers say they cannot support the deal without details of the park's performance.

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Caution urged over tourism fund

Lawmakers are calling for caution, monitoring and clear guidelines over the government's plan to spend HK$100 million to subsidise art, cultural and sports events amid fears it will lead to a repeat of the HarbourFest fiasco.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

'HK will not bow to Disney pressure'

The government will not bow to pressure during negotiations on the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland and ignore the sustainability of the park's operation, the minister for economic development has said.

In an interview, Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the media had suggested that Disney's decision to lay off staff was intended to put pressure on the government.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Artistic vision for Bruce Lee's home

Bruce Lee's former home in Kowloon Tong could be turned into an artistic yet practical institution that would inform visitors about the late movie and martial-arts legend without disturbing residents in the area.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am