Sarah Liao

Parting shot

Sarah Liao Sau-tung, departing environment, transport and works secretary, says civil servants must learn to think out of the box. Do you agree that our officials need to show more initiative? Write to us.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2007, 12:00am

Political Animal

Henry Tang drops a clanger at Jockey Club

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Civil servants can be too inflexible, says Sarah Liao

Ex-minister says she was dissuaded against achieving some of her goals

Civil servants are 'smart' and 'devoted' but some may need to be more proactive and learn to think out of the box, says Sarah Liao Sau-tung, who has just stepped down as secretary for environment, transport and works.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

'Air pollution easing, but city alone can't clean our skies'

Regional air pollution has fallen slightly, though the improvement was hardly noticeable due to the overwhelming influence of weather patterns, said former environment chief Sarah Liao Sau-tung.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Sarah Liao deflects flak over sewage plant upgrade

The government will rezone land adjacent to the sewage-treatment plant on Stonecutters Island by 2009 for an upgrade to show the administration's firm commitment to cleaning up the harbour, the environment minister said yesterday.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The Talk

Hong Kong's Commitment to the Environment

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Bureaus at odds over green land swap

A proposal to build a Buddhist centre and columbarium in a Tai Po valley rich in dragonflies and butterflies has sparked a row between two government bureaus.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Desalination plant would cost HK$50b: Sarah Liao

It would cost HK$50 billion to build a desalination plant if Hong Kong wanted its own drinking water supply, the environment minister told legislators yesterday.

The estimate was unveiled as part of a feasibility study into desalination to be ready later this year.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sarah Liao calls for higher sewage charge to clean up harbour

Environment minister says new rate will be affordable

The environment minister has asked the public to pay a 'modest' increase of 9.3 per cent in sewage charges in each of the next 10 years if they want a clean harbour that is suitable for swimming.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


'There are over 3,000 engineers in the government and it is unbelievable that they cannot come up with a plan to save the [clock] tower'

Albert Lai Kwong-tak, engineer and vice-chairman of the Civic Party, shortly before it was revealed that the old Star Ferry clock tower building had been broken up and used as landfill

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Environment chief asked to take a stand on fatal pruning

Sarah Liao vows to investigate as expert says cutting of trees was meant to destroy them

The city's top tree expert has asked the environment minister to state whether she thinks the chopping of 50 trees at Wu Kai Sha youth camp was meant to prune them or destroy them.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Sarah Liao rejects call for Tamar dioxin tests

Lawmakers keep up pressure for probe following a study claiming high levels

The environment minister has rejected calls to test for dioxin at Tamar, saying the claim the site contained excessive amounts of the toxin is unfounded.

'We do not conduct a test because of rumours,' Sarah Liao Sau-tung said.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Transport chief studies phasing out of old cars

Sarah Liao is reviewing cost-effectiveness of scheme, which is among measures to reduce HK's air pollution

The environment minister is studying the possibility of expediting the phasing out of vehicles with outdated emission standards in an attempt to reduce air pollution.

5 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Public to be consulted on 'ground-scraper'

The environment minister yesterday pledged to consult the public on the design of a low-rise building more than 400 metres long on the Central harbourfront, in an attempt to cool criticism that it would seriously affect air quality.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

Firms can make green rules more than just slogans, says Sarah Liao

Environment chief Sarah Liao Sau-tung has urged Hong Kong businesses to heed international environmental benchmarks such as the 'green' principles imposed by the World Bank on projects they finance.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am