Sarah Liao Sau-Tung

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

Sewage fee rises set for 10 years

Residents face higher charges over each of the next 10 years after legislators approved what officials termed a 'mild' rise in sewage-treatment charges.

With backing from Liberal and DAB legislators, environment officials yesterday pushed through a law raising the charges annually for the next decade. The charges had not been adjusted for more than 12 years.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Poll finds majority support for freeze on rail fares after merger

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Government tackles fire-ant menace

Updated at 6.46pm: The government would continue to eradicate red fire-ants in Hong Kong ? after more than 3,000 ant mounds were found in the past year ? Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Wednesday.

She told the Legislative Council that 3,054 fire-ant mounds were found between May last year and the end of last month.

9 May 2007 - 12:00am

Lawmakers fear project cost limit will neuter Legco

Lawmakers fear they will be sidelined after a senior official suggested that only government projects costing above HK$30 million should require Legco's approval.

The suggestion was made by Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung during yesterday's Legislative Council motion debate on the budget.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Do you think Hong Kong roads are safe?

Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung is convinced that exhaustion caused only one bus accident last year, but is this just based on the recorded prime cause of the accident?

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Action, not discussion, now needed on idling cars

While there has been debate in Hong Kong for four years about whether drivers should be allowed to leave vehicle engines idling when waiting to pick up passengers or make deliveries, the discussion elsewhere in the developed world has been considerably less protracted.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Construction waste levels down 40pc in last four years: Liao

Updated at 6.28pm: The amount of construction waste disposed of at public landfills has decreased 40 per cent over the last four years, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Friday.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Liao pledges to do more to help taxi drivers

Updated at 6.24pm: Transport and Works Secretary Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Wednesday the government and police planned to do more to stop illegal operators taking business away from taxi drivers.

Dr Liao met with taxi industry representatives on Wednesday morning to discuss their concerns about drivers operating illegally without licences.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Concerns over non-franchised buses voiced in Legco

Updated at 7.13pm: The Transport Department has received some 300 complaints on non-franchised buses in the past two years, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung revealed on Wednesday.

15 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Transport minister promises fare adjustment system by year end

Details of a public transport fare adjustment mechanism will be confirmed at the end of the year, the transport minister has said.

Responding to questions from lawmakers yesterday, Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung denied that the proposed mechanism had been aborted.

9 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Needed: two incinerators to tackle waste woes

Modern burning technology is cleaner than older methods, government says

Hong Kong needs two waste incinerators that could cost about $30 a month per person, senior environmental officials said yesterday.

It was the first official disclosure that more than one plant would be needed if advanced thermal treatment is chosen for future disposal of the city's waste.

2 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Enhance, not erode, ecological treasures

The new conservation policy announced by the government this week seeks to end a stalemate that has put valuable ecological sites at risk of degradation and neglect.

But at the heart of the strategy lies an uneasy trade-off between the interests of those who own the land and those who wish to conserve it.

13 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

A matter of choosing priorities

If a new tax were introduced to collect $1.16 billion a year, would you rather see the money used to clean up the harbour, reduce class sizes at primary schools, lower rail fares or trim fees at public hospitals?

26 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Talkback

Q Should security be upgraded at social welfare offices?

In my view, security at social welfare offices needs upgrading. This would not only protect the staff working there but also keep other innocent people from harm.

3 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

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