Rural Committee

Kuk urged to solve village eviction row

Villagers threatened with eviction from homes that have been in their families for decades have called on the Heung Yee Kuk to step in to solve the dispute.

Thursday, 12 July, 2012, 12:00am

Call to drop appointed seats sooner rather than later

The 68 remaining government-appointed district council seats should all be gone by the next term in 2016 instead of gradually being scrapped, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau called on the incoming administration of Leung Chun-ying, set to be sworn in on July 1, to prepare for them to be ditched sooner rather than later.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Minister robbing villagers of rights, says kuk

Angry Heung Yee Kuk leaders yesterday accused the development chief of 'robbing villagers of their fundamental rights' by advocating an end to the small-house policy in the New Territories.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lam 'asking for fight on small houses'

The development chief's call to end the controversial small-house policy has sparked a public debate in which indigenous villagers accused Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of stirring up a hornets' nest.

Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee chairman Leung Fuk-yuen said: 'Lam is asking for a fight. Our traditional right is protected by the Basic Law.'

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk seeks more concessions on illegal homes

The Heung Yee Kuk has urged the government to let owners of village houses that exceed the three-storey limit to keep them until they redevelop them, as long as they are safe.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk to fight demolition orders

New Territories power brokers the Heung Yee Kuk will 'definitely' launch a judicial review when villagers receive the first demolition orders under a new policy on illegal structures which kicks in today.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Oh what fun as the dirt flies far and wide

People complain about the mud-slinging in the chief executive race and even Vice-President Xi Jinping has called for an end to it. But this is one thing in Hong Kong that Beijing is powerless to stop.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal building crackdown 'will not be derailed'

A planned crackdown on illegal structures at village homes in the New Territories beginning in April will not be derailed by the impending change of government, the development minister said.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Candidates clash over village houses

A dispute between the two leading contenders for chief executive over illegal structures on village houses has escalated.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Watchdog attacks chiefs' powers

The city's development northwards and the power granted to village chiefs to decide who is an indigenous villager have compromised rural elections, according to a monitor of politics in the New Territories.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

'Powerful' kuk may use votes to bargain

The 28 votes the Heung Yee Kuk holds in the chief executive poll put it in a 'powerful' position to defy the government's crackdown on illegal structures on New Territories houses, analysts say.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Basic Law protects village-house rights of New Territories' indigenous residents

In common with many Hong Kong city dwellers, P. C. Law clearly does not understand the history of the New Territories ('Small-house charade must stop now', November 17).

This is not surprising as, although well-documented, it can be complex and confusing.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Famed horse trainer denies bid to buy vote in election

Five-time champion horse racing trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee has denied bribing a village representative to vote for him in a rural election.

The 73-year-old retired trainer, also a rural leader, entered a plea of not guilty in Fanling Court yesterday, where he was accompanied by his younger son, barrister Terry Kan Wing-fai, and several friends.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Kuk wants interest-free loans

The government must provide interest-free loans to villagers who need financial help to remove illegal structures on their homes, rural powerbrokers the Heung Yee Kuk demanded yesterday. It was responding to the government's proposal of loans, made earlier this week.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Kuk vows Legco protest over illegal structures

Rural chieftains the Heung Yee Kuk say they will muster 1,500 villagers to surround the Legislative Council next week in protest at government moves to remove illegal building structures.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am