Frugality not a word in civil service lexicon

Mooncakes come at a cost

Yes, there is an iceberg, as some legislators suspect. The tip we are now seeing exposes the nauseating extravagance of former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming at taxpayers' expense. The iceberg runs deep. But what lies underneath doesn't solely represent Tong's misdeeds. It represents the entrenched culture of extravagance that contaminates our entire civil service.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am 1 comment

Ella Cheong: The single mother who became a pioneering property lawyer

Ella Cheong says her greatest achievement is her family. Photo: Nora Tam

Ella Cheong is recognised as one of the best intellectual property (IP) lawyers in Asia, a pioneer who has set up offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Malaysia. However, success for Cheong is measured not in offices, but in terms of personal happiness.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Walking the Tycoons' Rope

Walking the Tycoons' Rope by Robert Wang Blacksmith Books

Memoirs of Hong Kong life add much to our understanding of both time and place. Walking The Tycoons' Rope by solicitor Robert Wang offers a series of eye-widening, impressionistic portraits of local life from the 1950s to the 1990s seen through Chinese eyes, and written in English.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Soaring rents kill small businesses

I have been running my own business for almost 20 years.

However, my entrepreneurial spirit may fizzle because of soaring rents.

Hong Kong used to be unique. Small businesses established shops and symbolised the Hong Kong spirit.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Engineer is flying high

Carmen Au can't complain about a lack of variety in her career to date. Since graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 1996, the civil engineer has worked on everything from power stations and highways, to bridges, reclamation sites and urban developments. As a fast-rising associate with Aecom Asia, she specialises in aviation and transportation projects.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Government authority wants qualified lawyer

Review your resume and jazz it up for this position that can affect Hong Kong's urban renewal plans.

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA), in charge of undertaking urban renewal under the provisions of the Urban Renewal Authority Ordinance and the Urban Renewal Strategy published by the government, is seeking a senior manager, legal advisory.

24 May 2008 - 12:00am

Porn addict admits filming up skirts

A Fanling man who hid a miniature lens in the handle of a tennis racquet and used it to film up the skirts of women on KCR trains, recording onto a camcorder hidden in his sportsbag, told police he had watched too much pornography, a court heard yesterday. The defendant, Lee Chi-ming, had been using pornography for years, his solicitor said.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Home ownership rules need revamp

The last thing any homeowner wants is strangers showing up one day claiming they own the flat you just paid several million dollars for.

This nightmare scenario, however, is entirely possible in Hong Kong, says Thomas Tse Lin-chung, senior partner at Yip, Tse & Tang Solicitors.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Kan Chung

General manager

Harbour View International House

Mr Chung previously worked for the City Garden Hotel, Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Beijing and Hainan Sanya and Shangri-La Hotels. He will oversee the operations and management of the hotel.

Michael Lai

Food and beverage manager

13 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Solicitor guilty of conspiring to pervert course of justice

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Family stays away, still searching for barrister

Tsui Po-ko's family was absent from the inquest yesterday because they were still looking for a barrister to voluntarily represent them in the eight-week hearing.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

No way in sight to bridge the widening gap

The widening wealth gap in Hong Kong is an extremely thorny problem because the rich are unwilling to pay more to help the poor, who in turn cannot raise their living standards on their own in such a competitive, knowledge-based economy.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Suspension of solicitor challenged

The Law Society had been unfair to jailed solicitor Andrew Lam Ping-cheung by suspending him from practice without disclosing the contents of reports about two complaints against him, a court was told yesterday.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Kevin Egan out on HK$1m bail

Jailed barrister Kevin Egan looked refreshed and relieved yesterday after being released on HK$1 million bail following six weeks behind bars.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Blaming Egan easy way out, court told

The solicitor for the South China Morning Post advised one of its reporters to 'blame it all on someone else' when the journalist was asked to assist an ICAC investigation into an alleged leak of the identity of a witness protection programme participant to the press, a court heard yesterday.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am