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  • Nov 24, 2014
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Succession

Bitter power struggle as election looms for Wo On Lok triad

In an eerie echo of the storyline of director Johnnie To Kei-fung 's hit 2005 movie Election, about a power struggle at the top of a triad gang, one of the city's most active triad groups - the Wo On Lok - has been locked in a bloody succession war as past and present leaders prepare to gather in a secret location to "vote" in a new leadership.

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 3:51pm 12 comments

Kuok says with right heir his empire can last 'four generations’

When billionaire Robert Kuok launched a luxury hotel brand in 1971, he named it Shangri-La, after the fictional utopia in which inhabitants enjoy unheard-of longevity. Ensconced in his executive suite 32 floors above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour -- the room decorated with a pair of elephant tusks gifted by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first prime minister of Malaysia -- the world’s 38th-richest person appears to have defied the ageing process himself.

 

2 Feb 2013 - 5:04am

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant - if not supportive - of dynastic succession. South Korea's recently elected president, Park Geun-hye, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country from 1961 to 1979.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 4 comments