TV anchor 'outs' central government official after questionable 'romance' ends

Ji Yingnan

A mainland TV anchor has said on her verified micro-blogging account that an official at a central government agency lived with her for four years and gave her a stipend at least 10,000 yuan (HK$12,580) a day, without telling her he was married, before eventually dumping her.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 4 comments

Timothy Tong scandal: how to preserve ICAC's reputation

Timothy Tong faces several probes into his lavish style of entertaining while ICAC chief. Photo: Sam Tsang

Over the years, the ICAC has proved itself to be an impressive force for rooting out corrupt practices. So the Timothy Tong Hin-ming scandal comes not just as a shock for Hong Kong, but also for those who look up to the ICAC as the very best anti-corruption agency in the world.

14 May 2013 - 3:02am

Inquiry needed in ICAC's Tong affair

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Dickson Lee

Amid a public outcry over the Timothy Tong Hin-ming affair, the chief executive has finally decided to take action. But instead of an independent inquiry into Tong's lavish banquets, gifts and business trips, the top leader only ordered a review of regulations and compliance during Tong's five-year stint at the helm of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

4 May 2013 - 4:04am 5 comments

Black mark against China's charity sector

Black mark against China's charity sector

Soon after the Yaan earthquake in Sichuan , a weibo message of concern posted by the Red Cross Society of China attracted pages of derisive responses from internet users, with many telling it to "get lost". The charity should not be surprised.

4 May 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Rocky road for New York’s first Chinese candidate for mayor

New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu speaks at a political forum. Photo: AFP

You’ve got to hand it to John Liu, New York most famous Chinese (Taiwanese) immigrant and the city’s current comptroller. You can’t pick up a newspaper without seeing his regular, suave, well-groomed features beaming back at you. He looks the part, but as usual where’s there’s politics in America, there’s money sloshing about. And scandal.  And smiling Liu is no exception.

19 Apr 2013 - 11:25am

Wealthy have only themselves to blame

David Chor and his wife Gloria

If you don't want to air your dirty laundry in public, don't talk to reporters. It's elementary but somehow people keep forgetting it.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am 8 comments

Match-fixing scandal a wake-up call for football

A press conference was held after the police smashed a criminal network suspected of fixing 380 football matches, including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers. Photo: AFP

Match-fixing is probably as old as gambling, legal or illegal, in professional team sport. But it has never before been exposed on the scale of the claim by Europol - the European police - to have cracked a Singapore-based criminal betting cartel linked to 680 suspicious championship football matches.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:08am

Lesson for society in census scandal

Lily Ou-Yang Fong, Commissioner for Census and Statistics, responds to a question from the media about allegations of fabrications by researchers and announce to set up a task force to probe the issue. Photo: May Tse

Allegations of fabricating statistics have been made against census officers.

The controversy involving the credibility of the Census and Statistics Department has damaged the Hong Kong government's reputation.

Firstly, the fact that census officers may have fabricated answers when conducting household interviews indicates the lack of scrutiny within the department.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:35am 2 comments

Since it's broken let's try to fix it

Illegally added storeys are a commonplace in many villages. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A campaign that seeks to temporarily reprieve lawbreakers who turn themselves in can be a pragmatic solution, especially when the wrongdoings are so common that enforcement has become increasingly difficult. The registration scheme for illegal structures in village houses is a case in point.

12 Jan 2013 - 2:34am 1 comment

Briefs, January 4, 2013

The workplace safety watchdog yesterday called on regional governments to step up their investigations into a series of fatal accidents and mete out harsh punishment for any attempted cover-ups. 

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Report slams BBC's handling of Jimmy Savile child sex allegations

The disgraced Jimmy Savile. Photo: EPA

An official report has strongly criticised the BBC's handling of allegations of child sex abuse against late presenter Jimmy Savile but cleared the corporation of a cover-up.

The report sparked the resignation of the BBC's deputy director of news, Stephen Mitchell, and led to the editor and deputy editor of the programme at the centre of the scandal being replaced.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:16am

Police chief fired for allegedly covering up son's assault on cop

Li Yali

The police chief of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, has been dismissed and is under investigation for allegedly covering up his son's drink-driving and assault of a traffic police officer, Xinhua reported yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:37am 3 comments

Breaking the vicious cycle of distrust in Hong Kong politics

Stop the squabbling

In recent months, Hong Kong people have been complaining in unison about local politics as their frustrations boil over. Their dissatisfaction has centred on the Leung Chun-ying administration, but as the scandal over the chief executive's illegal structures continues, they are now worried whether the trusted civil service can remain neutral and effective.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

South Korea chief prosecutor resigns over scandals

Han Sang-Dae bows and expressed regret on Friday over recent scandals. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s chief prosecutor resigned on Friday, apologising publicly for a series of “embarrassing” scandals that fuelled a top-level feud within the prosecution service.

30 Nov 2012 - 12:16pm

Wake me up for the next scandal …

A press takes pictures of the illegal structures of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's home at the Peak. Photo: Sam Tsang

Can we move on to the next scandal please? The hullabaloo over illegal structures at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's luxury house on The Peak just doesn't excite any more.

30 Nov 2012 - 1:22am 20 comments