Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands

Can a new broom really sweep clean in polluted HK?

The recent Rio+20 conference on sustainable development revealed how difficult it is to persuade politicians to take environmental protection seriously.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

talk back

Q Do we need tougher laws to protect trees?

I read the articles with a great deal of interest because we are facing exactly the same problem but this time it is the government cutting the trees.

21 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Officials willing to listen ... to the right people

What a world of difference there is in the way the government treats grass-roots groups and those that claim to represent the middle class.

15 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Developers' land-use applications put on hold

The system controlling sites granted under private treaty is being reviewed

Applications by property developers to change the land use of sites granted under private treaty for community-related projects have been put on hold while the system is reviewed, the housing minister said yesterday.

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Reit at head of protest parade

A High Court ruling has allowed Hong Kong's US$3 billion reit to proceed, sparing the government a huge scandal and delivering only a modest dose of embarrassment.

But if the Tung administration continues down this accident-prone path, investors may begin weighing in political risks when assessing their Hong Kong plans.

15 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Discovery Bay land fee 'not a fair move'

Michael Suen says it would not be reasonable to recover premium

It would be unfair to recover a huge land premium from the developers of Discovery Bay that apparently should have been paid 20 years ago, housing chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday.

14 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

The poor may like a sea view, but more money would be even better

'In correcting the mismatch in land resources, we demonstrate to our next generation that if a mistake is made, one should have the courage to put it right.'

Stewart Leung Chi-kin Executive director New World Development

1 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Minister shrugs off blame for housing fiasco

Former government estate 'now in the hands of developers'

The housing minister yesterday avoided accepting responsibility for the planned demolition of the Hunghom Peninsula property development in a written statement to Legco.

18 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Property supply updates aimed at increasing market openness

Regular updates on property supply are to be provided by the government from this week to increase market transparency.

The administration hopes the centralised statistics will give a clearer picture of new building in the private sector.

17 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Promise of an extra 295 hectares fails to impress developers

'Mr Land' Michael Suen Ming-yeung rolled out a further 295 hectares yesterday in his campaign to convince the property market there is no shortage of the precious commodity.

The housing chief said the sites would become available over the next five years in addition to the 99 hectares he has already said are readily available.

28 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Land premiums expected to surpass $12b estimate

More will be earned by the government from land premiums than the $12 billion it predicted earlier this year, the secretary for housing, planning and lands said yesterday.

'With five more months to go before the end of this fiscal year, the land revenue will be beyond what we had expected,' said Michael Suen Ming-yeung.

12 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a report yesterday, the head of the selection committee responsible for marking the development proposals for the West Kowloon cultural district was incorrectly identified. The committee is headed by Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan.

16 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

In Brief

No land will be sold on cheap, says government

16 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Top names under one roof

The highlight of activities organised to mark the 50th anniversary of public housing development in Hong Kong is the International Housing Conference 2004. The event will be held from February 2 to 4 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

23 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Ah Q-ism

I wish to comment on 'Delusional characters' (November 1) and the Ah Q spirit attributed to Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung by columnist Luisa Tam.

The Ah Q spirit displayed by this official is a result of his muddled mission in housing, planning and lands, jurisdictions which should be overseen by three secretaries, not one.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am